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Australian Seafarers' Welfare Council

ASWC strategy

It is the vision of the Australian Seafarers’ Welfare Council (ASWC) that all seafarers visiting Australian ports are provided with appropriate welfare services.
Our strategies to achieve this vision over the next 5 years are to:

  1. Provide leadership in the implementation of Australia's obligations on seafarers' welfare under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006
    • Represent Australia internationally on seafarer welfare matters
    • Promote awareness for the Australian Seafarers' Welfare Council, its role and vision
    • Maintain contact with, and membership of, the International Seafarers' Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN)
  2. Assist in the establishment of a national network of seafarer support arrangements
    • Encourage, support and guide the establishment of Port Welfare Committees
    • Facilitate and promote a network of communication and cooperation between Port Welfare Committees
  3. Promote, encourage and support the delivery of seafarer welfare services at Australian ports
    • Identify seafarer needs and future welfare requirements in line with shipping and crew trends
    • Promote the need for seafarers to be treated as valued and respected members of our port communities
    • Assist in investigating ongoing funding opportunities that may assist in providing sustainable seafarer welfare services

  1. Provide leadership in the implementation of Australia's obligations on seafarers' welfare under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006
  2. Strategy Priority Estimated completion date
    Represent Australia internationally on seafarer welfare matters Medium Ongoing
    Promote awareness for the Australian Seafarers' Welfare Council, its role and vision Medium Ongoing
    Maintain contact with, and membership of, the International Seafarers’ Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) Medium Ongoing

  3. Assist in the establishment of a national network of seafarer support arrangements
  4. Strategy Priority Estimated completion date
    Encourage, support and guide the establishment of Port Welfare Committees
    • Sydney
    • Newcastle
    • Port Kembla
    • Port Hedland
    • Dampier
    High Dec 2017
    Facilitate and promote a network of communication and cooperation between Port Welfare Committees High Dec 2017

  5. Promote, encourage and support implementation and delivery of seafarer welfare services at Australian Ports
  6. Strategy Priority Estimated completion date
    Identify seafarer needs and future welfare requirements in line with shipping and crew trends Low Jan 2022
    Promote the need for seafarers to be treated as valued and respected members of our port communities High Ongoing
    Assist in investigating ongoing funding opportunities that may assist in providing sustainable seafarer welfare services Low Jan 2022

    Priority for ASWC refers to the implementation timeframe:

    High
    within 1 year
    Medium
    1 to 3 years
    Low
    3 to 5 years
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