Have your say: changes to living and working conditions on regulated Australian vessels

Monday 3 June 2024
We want your feedback on the proposed changes to Marine order 11 (Living and working conditions on vessels) (MO11).

We recognise that seafarers are the most vital component of international shipping. Australia enforces the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) to ensure seafarers are correctly paid, and that conditions, accommodation and meals reflect international standards.

The amendments ensure:

  • seafarers are informed of their rights  
  • prompt repatriation of seafarers, including when they are deemed abandoned
  • that seafarers are provided with appropriate social connectivity
  • quality free drinking water and balanced meals are provided on board for seafarers  
  • prompt disembarkation of seafarers in need of immediate medical care and access to medical facilities
  • appropriately sized personal protective equipment for seafarers    
  • all seafarer deaths are investigated, recorded, and reported annually to the ILO to be published in a global register  
  • financial security by accepting the name of the registered owner when it is different from the shipowner.      

These amendments give effect to International Labour Organisation changes to the MLC agreed on 6 June 2022.    

Other proposed changes include clarifying:

  • requirements for non-commercial and fishing vessels
  • the application of MO 11 to vessels between 200-500 gross tonnage.

Consultation on MO11 is now open. We invite you to provide your feedback until 28 July 2024.  

Read more about the proposed changes and tell us what you think

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