Continued demand for large volumes of raw commodities from developing countries will require an appropriately skilled workforce within the Maritime and Ports sectors. A strong knowledge of shore-based activities will be necessary to complement specialised knowledge in some occupations. Labour with the right skill mix is the key.
An estimated 1300 new maritime engineers will be need from 2013 to 2017.
The Government has announced plans to look at the Maritime and Ports sectors with a view to streamlining processes to foster a vibrant and sustainable shipping industry in Australia.
The release of the Australian Maritime Workforce Development Strategy in mid 2013 set out a plan for reform and transformation of maritime workforce arrangements, including improving data on the workforce, setting training targets and increasing efforts to integrate training college arrangements.