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.