Increasing use of so-called Flag of Convenience shipping in Australia

19 July 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-541-9

View the report as a single document - (PDF 543KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 20KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 28KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and context of inquiry (PDF 109KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Flag of convenience shipping
Australian shipping industry
International incidents
Employment of seafarers
Interim report
Report structure

Chapter 2 - Australian shipping reviews and regulations (PDF 112KB)

Maritime Labour Convention
1992 and 1995 Ships of Shame reports
2008 inquiry into rebuilding Australia's coastal shipping industry
Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012
Wages for seafarers
Welfare for seafarers
Committee view and recommendations

Chapter 3 - Maritime incidents with FOC vessels (PDF 98KB)

Employment of Australian seafarers
Incidents in Australian waters
Deaths and disappearances at sea
Coronial Inquest
Committee view and recommendations

Chapter 4 - Security concerns and the visa clearance process (PDF 89KB)

National security concerns
Foreign crew clearance processes
Captain Salas and the MV Sage Sagittarius
Committee view

Chapter 5 - The Australian shipping industry (PDF 92KB)

Current shipping industry
Environmental concerns
National transport strategies
Industry consultation
Government response to interim report – maritime sector reviews
Summary and recommendations

Dissenting Report by Government Senators O'Sullivan, Back and Bushby (PDF 17KB)
Appendix 1 - Additional information received (PDF 13KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 13KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511