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Maritime Labour Convention—2019 Annual Report

This report presents an analysis of Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) complaints, compliance and follow up actions undertaken in Australia.
11 May 2020

The data represents 2019 statistics, with a comparison of previous years since the MLC was implemented. 

Research shows that the most dangerous risk to seafarers is not from job-related accidents, but social conditions on board, both at sea and in port. Fatalities associated with social causes are the largest group. 

Providing seafarers with a positive living and working environment contributes to safe working practices, reduced injuries, better safety outcomes, increased employee satisfaction and ultimately, employee retention. With this in mind, the protections offered by the MLC are clearly leading to positive outcomes.

The available evidence indicates that the application of the MLC and AMSA’s approach to on board compliance has improved the reporting culture which has led to increased involvement by AMSA and ultimately better
outcomes for seafarers. 

This report will provide a base line of findings on some of the issues uncovered following our investigations, for further evaluation and implementation of programs associated with improving seafarer welfare conditions at sea and in port.

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Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Last updated: 11 January 2024