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Overview

The Maritime Industry covers water passenger, water freight and other water transport. Most of the industry is in NSW and to a lesser extent, WA and TAS.

The main sectors are:

  • Ocean going - large ships under international law
  • Near coastal - vessels registered at state and territory level, including fishing boats, charter vessels, ferries, regulatory and patrol vessels.

What does this industry cover?

  • Water passenger transport – cruise ships, ferries, charter vessels
  • Water freight – container ships, crude oil, chemicals, vehicles, food etc
  • Other water industry - fishing boats, regulatory and patrol vessels

Industry Information

The Maritime Industry employs roughly 8,000 people with the majority of the workforce employed by small businesses.

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this industry are low due to the small size of the workforce.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements year to March 2018: 66

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 26/09/2018. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Deck Officer

Marine Surveyor

Marine Engine Driver

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Transport, Logistics & Warehousing

Work Type

Analytic & Scientific

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

The Maritime industry has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Further Research

Information

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry

  • Australian Industry Standards
  • Maritime Industry Australia Ltd
  • Shipping Australia

Government

  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Careers Sites