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  1. About the report
  2. About AMSA
  3. Plan on a Page
  4. Transmittal letter
  5. Reporting requirements and responsible minister
  6. Annual performance statements
  7. Chairman's review
  8. Organisational profile
  9. Financial summary
  10. Our governance
    1. Planning
    2. Risk management
    3. Performance reporting
    4. Related entity transactions
    5. Public interest disclosure
    6. Disability report
    7. Statement of significant non-compliance issues
    8. Advertising and market research
    9. Judicial decisions and reviews by outside bodies
    10. Workers' compensation premium
  11. Vessel and seafarer safety
    1. Seafarer certification
    2. Compliance and enforcement
    3. International shipping
    4. Domestic commercial vessels
  12. Search and rescue
    1. Search and rescue aircraft replacement
    2. National Search and Rescue Council
    3. Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue system
    4. Beacon registration system upgrade
    5. Torres Strait Marine Safety Program
  13. Marine environment
    1. The National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies
    2. Cape Upstart marine pollution incident
    3. Working with other regulators
  14. Navigation safety
    1. Shipping management
    2. Aids to navigation management
  15. Working with our community
    1. Domestic engagement
    2. International engagement
    3. Regional engagement
  16. Appendix 1: Financial statements
    1. Statement of comprehensive income
    2. Statement of financial position
    3. Statement of changes in equity
    4. Cash flow statement
    5. Overview
    6. Note 1: Expenses
    7. Note 2: Own-source income
    8. Note 3: Fair value measurement
    9. Note 4: Financial assets
    10. Note 5: Non-financial assets
    11. Note 6: Payables
    12. Note 7: Interest bearing liabilities
    13. Note 8: Provisions
    14. Note 9: Cash flow reconciliation
    15. Note 10: Contingent liabilities and assets
    16. Note 11: Senior management personnel remuneration
    17. Note 12: Related party disclosures
    18. Note 13: Remuneration of auditors
    19. Note 14: Financial instruments
    20. Note 15: Financial assets reconciliation
    21. Note 16: Reporting of outcomes
    22. Note 17: Regulatory charging summary
    23. Note 18: Budgetary reports and explanations of major variances
  17. Appendix 2: Non-financial performance
    1. SC1: Ship and vessel safety
    2. SC1: Environment protection
    3. SC1: Regulatory
    4. SC1: Search and rescue
    5. SC1: Projects
    6. SC2: Preparing for the future
    7. SC3: Ensuring a competent and fairly treated maritime workforce
    8. SC4: Influencing international arrangements
    9. SC5: Engaging with the community
    10. SC6: Ensuring a progressive and vibrant organisation
  18. Appendix 3: AMSA Board members
  19. References
  20. Compliance Index
  1. About the report
  2. About AMSA
  3. Plan on a Page
  4. Transmittal letter
  5. Reporting requirements and responsible minister
  6. Annual performance statements
  7. Chairman's review
  8. Organisational profile
  9. Financial summary
  10. Our governance
    1. Planning
    2. Risk management
    3. Performance reporting
    4. Related entity transactions
    5. Public interest disclosure
    6. Disability report
    7. Statement of significant non-compliance issues
    8. Advertising and market research
    9. Judicial decisions and reviews by outside bodies
    10. Workers' compensation premium
  11. Vessel and seafarer safety
    1. Seafarer certification
    2. Compliance and enforcement
    3. International shipping
    4. Domestic commercial vessels
  12. Search and rescue
    1. Search and rescue aircraft replacement
    2. National Search and Rescue Council
    3. Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue system
    4. Beacon registration system upgrade
    5. Torres Strait Marine Safety Program
  13. Marine environment
    1. The National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies
    2. Cape Upstart marine pollution incident
    3. Working with other regulators
  14. Navigation safety
    1. Shipping management
    2. Aids to navigation management
  15. Working with our community
    1. Domestic engagement
    2. International engagement
    3. Regional engagement
  16. Appendix 1: Financial statements
    1. Statement of comprehensive income
    2. Statement of financial position
    3. Statement of changes in equity
    4. Cash flow statement
    5. Overview
    6. Note 1: Expenses
    7. Note 2: Own-source income
    8. Note 3: Fair value measurement
    9. Note 4: Financial assets
    10. Note 5: Non-financial assets
    11. Note 6: Payables
    12. Note 7: Interest bearing liabilities
    13. Note 8: Provisions
    14. Note 9: Cash flow reconciliation
    15. Note 10: Contingent liabilities and assets
    16. Note 11: Senior management personnel remuneration
    17. Note 12: Related party disclosures
    18. Note 13: Remuneration of auditors
    19. Note 14: Financial instruments
    20. Note 15: Financial assets reconciliation
    21. Note 16: Reporting of outcomes
    22. Note 17: Regulatory charging summary
    23. Note 18: Budgetary reports and explanations of major variances
  17. Appendix 2: Non-financial performance
    1. SC1: Ship and vessel safety
    2. SC1: Environment protection
    3. SC1: Regulatory
    4. SC1: Search and rescue
    5. SC1: Projects
    6. SC2: Preparing for the future
    7. SC3: Ensuring a competent and fairly treated maritime workforce
    8. SC4: Influencing international arrangements
    9. SC5: Engaging with the community
    10. SC6: Ensuring a progressive and vibrant organisation
  18. Appendix 3: AMSA Board members
  19. References
  20. Compliance Index

Torres Strait Marine Safety Program

We are continuing our work in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area through the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program (TSMSP) and Torres Strait Maritime Pathways Project (TSMPP).

Established in 2006, the TSMSP is a partnership with Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ), Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), Queensland Police Service and National Maritime Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea. The program delivers a number of safety initiatives in an effort to improve and promote boating safety in the Torres Strait region; reduce the number of SAR operations in the area; increase the survivability of people lost at sea; and support development of the near coastal maritime industry.

One of the newest initiatives of the program is the school-based Maritime Safety Education workshops. These workshops aim to enhance maritime safety and the survivability of children who may become involved in a marine incident in the Torres Strait. The program provides contemporary marine safety education and resources such as lifejackets to educators, school children and parents.

Since July 2014, the marine safety workshops have been delivered at 23 school campuses distributing approximately 2500 properly fitting lifejackets and a marine safety equipment educational kit for ongoing maritime safety education and broader curriculum support.

A Maritime Safety Education workshop demonstrates the use of flares and lifejackets
A Maritime Safety Education workshop demonstrates the use of flares and lifejackets

We also continue to deliver maritime safety outcomes to residents of the Papua New Guinea treaty villages (adjacent to the Torres Strait), who regularly make open water voyages to visit Australian treaty villages, through the provision of 1050 lifejackets since the commencement of the program.

The Torres Strait Maritime Pathways Project (TSMPP) aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with maritime and maritime-related vocational career pathways. These pathways are designed to lead into careers through diverse and higher level qualifications, and literal pathways into maritime employment within or beyond the Torres Strait. The project opens career pathways in fishing, tourism, coastal trading and offshore shipping by assisting Indigenous people to acquire relevant nationally-recognised qualifications and experiences to be used in maritime industry including creating new businesses.

Since 2013, 95 per cent of the participants completed training and achieved nationally-accredited qualifications with 85 per cent in maritime-related employment. As of June 2016, a number of TSMPP participants are now employing at least two Indigenous staff members each in their local communities.

Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal participants, predominantly from the commercial fishing sector, undertaking the Certificate III in Fishing Operations training program at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston
Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal participants, predominantly from the commercial fishing sector, undertaking the Certificate III in Fishing Operations training program at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston

The reliance on seaborne transport over long distances across open-ocean in small open boats was resulting in very high occurrences of SAR incidents in the Torres Strait. The Torres Strait Marine Safety Program began after it was identified that Torres Strait Islanders had a one in 12 chance of being involved in a marine incident. This statistic was compared to Queenslanders in general having a one in 3300 chance of being involved in a marine incident. Today Torres Strait Islanders have a far lesser chance of being involved in a marine incident.

Torres Strait incidents in 2006-08 to 2015-16
Figure 14: Torres Strait incidents in 2006-07 to 2015-16