The Australian Maritime Industry

The Australian Maritime Sector in 2012-2013 directly contributed $9 billion to the GDP, employed almost 31,000 people and contributed over $900 million to taxation revenue.

Other than the direct contribution, the shipping industry also indirectly contributed to the economy which in 2012-13 meant an additional:

  • $11.8 billion in GDP
  • Employment for 13,927 people
  • $387 million in taxation revenue.

In summary, the Australian maritime industry has:

  • The fifth largest shipping task in the world
  • Significant raw commodities for export
  • Largest net exporter of LNG by 2018
  • Reliant on significant imports by sea (over 95%)
  • A long coast line with geographically diverse populations and industries
  • Major offshore oil and gas industries
  • The world’s fastest growing cruise industry
  • Responsibility for part of the Antarctic region
  • Considerable defence and border protection activity on-water and ashore (building, maintenance and repair)
  • Highly active ports requiring a range of on- water services
  • World leading, high value, niche technology investments

A handful of changes to existing legislation would be enough to see our industry:

  • Increase GDP contribution by 50% up to more than $13 Bn dollars.
  • Increase jobs by 30% up to over 40,000
  • Almost double tax revenue to a total of $1.77Bn
  • Most importantly, these economic benefits can be achieved at no net cost to the Australian economy and not requiring government subsidies to the industry.

Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL) are maritime specialists. MIAL is uniquely positioned to provide dedicated maritime expertise and advice, and is driven to promote a sustainable, vibrant and competitive Australian maritime industry and to expand the Australian maritime cluster. MIAL’s role is to:

  • Advocate and lobby on behalf of members and the industry
  • Be a source of information on the sector in Australia
  • Promote the sector in Australia
  • Be the link between the sector, governments and other key stakeholders
  • Provide the Australian voice in the international maritime community
  • Focus on safety performance and provide tools for continuous improvement
  • Raise awareness of and drive improved environmental performance
  • Coordinate industry on human resources best practice and industrial relations issues
  • Identify and advocate strategies to secure the maritime skills base – both ashore and at sea
  • Provide members with advisory services and networking forums.

Membership to MIAL provides access to the MIAL secretariat which is comprised of specialists in government relations, environment, maritime training, maritime operations and workplace relations.

For further information go to Our Work, The Economic Contribution of the Australian Maritime Industry, at