Maritime professional development program

We offer a maritime professional development program for middle to upper-middle level staff from counterpart agencies responsible for maritime related activities.
Shipboard inspection training

The program aims to strengthen relationships between maritime safety agencies and assist in the transfer of skills and knowledge between participants. The two-week program is held each year during October and will provide participants with opportunities to:

  • meet with technical experts to learn about Australia’s approach to a range of ship safety, marine environment protection, and search and rescue activities
  • meet with participants from other international maritime organisations
  • share comparitive approaches to issues of mutual interest.

Why train with us?

We are Australia’s national agency responsible for maritime safety. We have a long history of providing technical cooperation in the international maritime community, particularly in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. Our technical cooperation program recognises the importance of developing skills that can be shared for mutual benefit to strengthen ship and seafarer safety, protect the marine environment and improve the coordination of search and rescue services.

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2018 program


Port State control classroom training

  • Activities of Tokyo/Indian Ocean MOU on port State control
  • Background and legal basis of PSC
  • Port State control guidelines for:
    • Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs)
    • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
    • Load lines
    • MARPOL
    • International safety management (ISM) code
    • Standards of training, certification and watchkeeping (STCW)
    • Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)
2Participants will spend the week at an AMSA regional office to accompany AMSA surveyors on a range of ship inspections and related functions.


There is no cost for participating in the program, however participating agencies need to cover all related costs including:

  • travel to and from Australia
  • domestic travel within Australia
  • accommodation and meals.


Email for further details about the Maritime Professional Development Program, including registration.

Last updated: 

Wednesday 14 November 2018