The 2013 Budget focus on the Australian shipping industry has
been a long time coming. For a number of decades the Australian
maritime workforce has been in decline because of high cost
structures and a reducing number of Australian flagged vessels.
This has made it difficult to competitively recruit, train and
employ local seafarers.
Last night's budget will help to turn the tide and inject a
much needed investment into the Australian shipping industry and
its maritime workforce.
The funding commitment to the maritime sector is;
The provision of $5.0 million over three years (2013-14 to
2015-16) to assist the Australian shipping industry to meet its
future workforce training needs. This funding will be provided
a national maritime training co-contribution subsidy of $10,000
per integrated rating trainee and $20,000 per deck and engineer
officer trainee; and
seed funding for three years to cover the development costs of
the national demand aggregation model, undertake biennial workforce
censuses, support a national industry training body, and to support
the Maritime Workforce Development Forum's ongoing
The provision of $11.9 million over four years to the
Australian Maritime College to support the delivery of specialised
training to maritime students.
Along with the recent shipping industry reforms, this funding
commitment should assist with the revitalisation and growth of
Australian maritime capability.
The Government has also committed to retaining the Protection of
the Sea Levy (PSL) at its current rate of 14.25 cents per net
registered tonne for defined vessels to establish a $10.0 million
pollution response reserve which will enable the Australian
Maritime Safety Authority to respond quickly to pollution incidents
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