We are proud to celebrate the achievements of women in maritime and drive awareness of the issues facing women, to help achieve gender equality in this male-dominated industry. 


We invest in a range of measures to remove barriers to workplace participation and build an inclusive culture for all women. We deliver training, workshops, and seminars that provide opportunities for women to advance, including our Women in Leadership mentoring program. 

Educating on gender diversity issues and providing a truly supportive environment is key to achieving change. We are exploring options to establish better facilities and more flexible policies to support staff with carer responsibilities.  

We consult with industry bodies such as the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) and give women leaders in maritime a platform to speak about their experiences, challenges, and successes. 

Domestic scholarship programs 

In 2020, AMSA established its Scholarship Program, designed to award students with financial assistance and opportunities to enter the maritime industry, in recognition of their potential and high achievement. 

The program helps build skills and support future maritime professionals, as well as encouraging young women to enter the maritime industry. 

Hear from some of the scholarship recipients.

International initiatives 

We work closely with our neighbours in the Pacific and Indonesia to achieve sustainable change and gender equality in the shipping industry. The Pacific Women in Maritime Association is an advocate for gender equity promoting education, training and career opportunities for women, and we are delighted to support their work. 

AMSA has funded six women from the Indo-Pacific region to undertake the World Maritime University’s (WMU) 14-month Master of Science in Maritime Affairs program. This program is a significant opportunity to enhance the technical, professional and leadership skills of women maritime specialists in the region. 

Maritime SheEO Conference 2021

In his keynote presentation at the Maritime SheEO Conference 2021 AMSA Chief Executive Mick Kinley shared his views on why gender diversity is so important for the future of the maritime industry. Watch his presentation to find out exactly how he believed gender diversity contributes to a stronger maritime workforce. 


On Thursday 18 March 2021, we held a webinar to explore the opportunities and challenges experienced by Australian women throughout their careers in the maritime sector. 

Based on the experiences of a number of Australian women in the maritime sector, we discussed advancements in addressing gender equality, as well as opportunities for the sector into the future.

View the webinar and hear first-hand the stories and experiences from these women.