Development of the Maritime Emissions Reduction National Action Plan (MERNAP) will seek to identify and prioritise actions to decarbonise our maritime transport sector, advance the development of green shipping corridors from Australia, and contribute towards reducing international shipping emissions.

The MERNAP is being prepared through a series of thematic issues papers.4 The first issues paper on regulations and standards was released in September 2023. The second issues paper, released in December 2023, examined potential energy provision and abatement technologies for Australia’s maritime sector. This third paper in the series considers the sector’s skills and training needs to facilitate the green maritime transition.

Through consultation on this third paper on skills and training, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the Department) would like to better understand industry and community viewpoints – specifically how they are planning for future skills and training needs in a decarbonised maritime sector. This understanding, along with advice from the Transport and Logistics Jobs and Skills Council (JSC), will help inform the development of short, medium and long-term approaches in the MERNAP to support government and private sector initiatives. It is acknowledged that, as part of the strategic fleet initiative, industry and the JSC has been consulted on skills and training requirements. This paper differs by specifically covering the training needs for a decarbonised maritime sector.

You can find more information and download the Issues Paper on the consultation hub.