Vessel Traffic Services Working Group

The Vessel Traffic Services Working Group (VTSWG) coordinates communication between authorities and stakeholders.

The Australian VTSWG is a consultative group to facilitate:

  • communication and information sharing between vessel traffic services (VTS) authorities and key stakeholders
  • a common understanding of the delivery of vessel traffic services across Australia.

VTSWG Terms of reference

The VTSWG aims to:

  • Provide a forum for members to share their expertise, information and experiences and keep abreast of national and international developments in VTS.
  • Provide information relating to the operations and management of VTS.
  • Facilitate and promote a standardised approach to delivering VTS across Australia, reflecting international best practices, obligations and guidelines.
  • Ensure VTS authorities can contribute to the preparation and review of relevant IALA guidance on VTS identified in the IALA quadrennial work program.
  • Communicate/disseminate information to and from international bodies—like the IMO and IALA—to members.
  • Provide a channel of communication between stakeholders and VTS authorities to work towards identifying and resolving issues at a local, state and national level.
  • Provide a forum to allow members to express the views and opinions of their representative groups.


The VTSWG may be comprised of representatives from, but not restricted to:

  • Commonwealth, state, or territory maritime authorities
  • Port authorities
  • Marine pilots and other stakeholders (eg Ports Australia, Shipping Australia Limited, Maritime Industry Association Limited (MIAL) and the Australian Hydrographic Office).

Frequency of meetings

The group will generally meet twice a year.

Inter-sessional meetings may be held to complete a particular task or study from time to time.

Members are responsible for meeting their own costs associated with participation.


The group circulates newsletters on relevant issues. Read the latest newsletter.

Last updated: 

Wednesday 14 November 2018