This is the first national workforce development strategy prepared for the Australian maritime industry. It has been put together by the Maritime Workforce Development Forum, a maritime industry body working together to secure the future of the Australian maritime sector.
The aim of the strategy is to grow Australian maritime capability in order to protect national security and promote trade and economic growth. The strategy sets out some clear directions for the maritime industry workforce and establishes a national focus for the industry to take them forward. It is clear that the strategy is quite significant in both its scope and potential to transform the maritime workforce. Some of the recommendations will require regulation or Government financing, and all will require industry goodwill to operationalise them.
The Forum started its work early last year, shaping strategic responses to the skills issues facing the maritime industry, and building strategic and productive working relationships across the maritime and training sectors. The various players in the maritime sector have come together for the good of the national industry and agreed a number of national workforce priorities which will drive the ongoing development and strengthening of our maritime cluster.