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

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2019, commencements were: 57

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2019 in this industry have decreased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are medium.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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

Industry Employment Size

This is a small sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has increased.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is low to medium.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Deck Officer

Marine Surveyor

Marine Engine Driver

This industry is positioned in the following groups


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 Pathways Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Further Research


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. 


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


  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

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