Senate Inquiry into Flag of Convenience Shipping


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Senate Inquiry into Flag of Convenience Shipping

The Federal Parliament is holding an Inquiry Flag of Convenience Shipping.

While considering the increasing use of Flag of Convenience shipping the Inquiry will investigate:


  • the effect on Australia's national security, fuel security, minimum employment law standards and our marine environment;
  • the general standard of Flag of Convenience vessels trading to, from and around Australian ports, and methods of inspection of these vessels to ensure that they are seaworthy and meet required standards;
  • the employment and possible exposure to exploitation and corruption of international seafarers on Flag of Convenience ships;
  • discrepancies between legal remedies available to international seafarers in state and territory jurisdictions, opportunities for harmonisation, and the quality of shore-based welfare for seafarers working in Australian waters; and,
  • progress made in this area since the 1992 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Transport, Communications and Infrastructure report Ships of shame: inquiry into ship safety.


The Report of the Inquiry is due in early 2016.

The AMOU will make a submission to the Inquiry on behalf of members.

We are after your views on the above matters for inclusion in our Submission.

Relaying the first hand experience of members in any of the above matters is powerful in informing Senators of real life knowledge and reinforcing our views on what Flag of Convenience shipping actually means on the Australian coast.

Jarrod Moran in our Melbourne Office will be co-ordinating the development of the AMOU submission.

To get involved in this Inquiry please contact Jarrod on 0417 316 370 or email