List of recommendations
committee recommends that the Commonwealth undertake a review of the Australian
maritime sector, with a view to building on the 2012 reforms aimed at growing
the Australian-flagged shipping industry in the future.
committee recommends that this review include a comprehensive
whole-of-government assessment of the potential security risks posed by flag of
convenience vessels and foreign crews.
committee recommends that this review include consideration of ways to
harmonise the operations of the Australian shipping sector across jurisdictions
through COAG to reduce red tape for vessel and port operators, including cargo
committee recommends that this review include widespread consultation with the
Australian shipping industry to ensure that its findings are relevant and
directed to shared objectives for the future of the local maritime sector.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth immediately tighten the provisions
for temporary licenses in Australian maritime law, to flag of convenience
vessels being used on permanent coastal freight routes if they fail to pay
Australian award wages to their crew.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth adopt a broader and more rigorous
approach to the risk assessment and oversight of seafarers working in Australian
waters on maritime visas, and better share this information across relevant
Commonwealth and jurisdictional agencies.
committee recommends that the Australian Government continue to work with
international agencies, including the International Labour Organisation (ILO),
to improve the working conditions, safety standards, and rates of remuneration
for seafarers working in international shipping.
committee recommends that the Australian government look for ways to support
the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) to make flag of convenience shipping more
accountable to international law and, when in Australian waters, to our
committee recommends that the Commonwealth consider ways to improve the early
intervention and counselling resources available to crews on international
vessels, including those operating on flag of convenience registers.
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