Our culture

Motivated by our shared purpose, we're focussed on fostering a culture that is collaborative, respectful and celebrates individuality.
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"We have branded our little team "FAMSA", so that kind of says it all. As a government organisation we are small, but we have a high variety of business units and expertise that spans across Australia.

AMSA is an organisation that provides opportunities, supports staff professional aspirations and celebrates success."

– Jenet, Vessel safety team

Our values

Our staff look to our values to guide their work. Our values provide a common ground for our diverse team. Our values represent our people:

  • Professional - we act with integrity and are pragmatic in our approach.
  • Collaborative - we value and respect others and work together to achieve our objectives.
  • Dedicated - we are committed to AMSA's mission and responsive to the needs of ourcustomers and stakeholders.
  • Accountable - we take responsibility for our decisions and actions.

Diversity and inclusion 

Diversity and inclusion are a priority at AMSA. 

We're focussed on providing an environment that fosters belonging and respect and enables everyone to reach their full potential. Through our strategies and action plans, such as our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Reconciliation Plan Reflect 2022 - 2024 and Gender Equity Action Plan, we're actively working towards ambitious goals around Indigenous engagement and gender equity. As we look to the future, we're committed to developing targeted actions plans around accessibility, cultural and LGBTQIA+ inclusion. 

We're honoured to be recognised as an Inclusive Employer by Diversity Council Australia

This designation highlights our dedication towards embedding an inclusive culture within our organisation and demonstrates our commitment to being transparent and benchmarking ourselves against other organisations. 

Diversity working group 

Our Diversity Working Group is an important employee-led group that works collaboratively across AMSA to drive diversity and inclusion progress. The group works to promote the benefits of an inclusive and diverse workforce, and supports AMSA in achieving its diversity objectives outlined in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and action plans. 


Diversity and Inclusion at AMSA: Strategy 2023-2027

Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2023-2027

Reconciliation Action Plan: Reflect 2022-2024

Reconciliation Action Plan: Reflect 2022-2024

Gender Equity Action Plan cover page

Gender Equity Action Plan

Staff engagement 

Each year we check in with our staff via a survey to see how they are feeling about work-life balance, their contributions to our vision and mission, interaction with managers and workplace culture, among other things. This gives us important information on what we are doing well, so we can do more of it and what we could do better, so we can fix it. 

The results from our 2023 Employee Engagement Survey have just been released and we are proud to share a summary of the findings. 

How we compare with other employers

Chart showing that employee engagement is higher at AMSA than at other high performing Australian organisations and is significantly higher than the average for other public sector organisations.
How we compare with other employers

What our staff say 

97% of staff committed to performing their jobs well 

96% of staff are committed to AMSA’s vision and mission. 

Staff say that the people at AMSA are friendly, competent and professional.  


Staff like AMSA's flexible work arrangements and say that they enable a healthy work-life balance.  


They believe their work to be impactful and to make a difference.  


Staff describe the culture as collaborative and continuing to improve.  



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Ongoing and timely communication across the organisation 

Supporting meaningful for career development 

Continuing to improve culture through zero tolerance of bully and harassment. 


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Last updated: 

Monday 13 November 2023