Diversity Surveys

MIAL Diversity Surveys - A focus on women

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With “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” as the theme of 2019 World Maritime Day, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) says this is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality – and communities around the world have followed suit.  

MIAL seeks to gather information relating to gender diversity in the Australian maritime industry. Two surveys have been prepared for this purpose.

All those who work in, and all those who manage people in the Australian maritime industry are encouraged to complete the survey.


HR Managers

  • If you are an HR Manager working within any organisation in the Australian maritime industry, please complete the HR Manager Survey (hyperlinked). This will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • If you are not an HR Manager, please forward this email and survey link to the HR Manager in your organisation.

Business Owner (with no HR Manager)

  • If you are the owner of a business in the maritime industry that does not have an HR Manager, please complete the HR Manager Survey. This will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.


  • If you are an employee working within any organisation in the Australian maritime industry, please complete the Employee Survey. This will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
  • Please feel free to circulate this email to your connections within the industry – the more data the better!

Survey Deadline

  • The surveys will close on 15 November 2019. 


  • Select which survey you would like to complete then click on the appropriate button below to commence the survey.

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The Seafaring Skills Census being undertaken by Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL), was the start of a comprehensive analysis of the skills and experience that are critical to Australia’s broader maritime industry.

To download the Census, please fill in the form here.

Our first look will be at the skills and experience synonymous with our industry: seafaring. It is a skill set not just critical for working on ships, but also for ensuring the significant projects and infrastructure, so critical to Australia’s prosperity, can run efficiently and effectively.

As early as 2008, industry identified that the nurturing and development of seafaring skills in this country was on the decline, with the training task for the industry being left up to too few. If you have been involved in the Australian industry for a while, you may remember that in 2012, the Department of Infrastructure and Transport conducted the Australian Maritime Industry Census. This survey was part of a broader shipping reform process and it produced data which underpinned the subsequent Maritime Workforce Strategy released in 2013.

The six years since then have seen a further decline in the number of cadets and trainees coming through. This can be attributed to any number of reasons: the significant decline in the oil and gas sector, the further decline in the Australian coastal fleet and the costs of training. Furthermore, the current workforce is aging and the incentive to train does not exist for companies. The attraction of the Australian industry to the next generation of Australian seafarers is dwindling due to the lack of ongoing work but not the lack of interest in the sector.  We are hearing that ports, pilots and regulators are now having trouble finding the skilled candidates they need to fill the strategic roles they have ashore.

It is time to see where we are at, and what we will need as a nation.

MIAL champions the Australian maritime cluster and we are revisiting the state of the workforce, in addition to training projections that were made back in 2012.   We believe that, as an island nation, it is critical for Australia to maintain a core maritime skill set at least to ensure the efficient functioning of over 70 ports around the country, critical infrastructure and safety roles as well as supporting major projects, such as in offshore oil and gas, which are critical to the nation’s economy.

For any further queries please contact MIAL on:

Phone: 03 9647 6000

Email: admin@mial.com.au

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