Our Organisation

Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL) is an industry and employer association that reflects our members’ requirements domestically and internationally. We represent the collective interests of maritime businesses, primarily those operating maritime assets or facilities from Australia.

MIAL is uniquely positioned to provide dedicated maritime expertise and advice, and is driven to promote a sustainable, vibrant and competitive Australian maritime industry and to expand the Australian maritime cluster.

Our role

MIAL’s role is to:

  • advocate and lobby on behalf of members and the industry
  • be a source of information on the sector in Australia
  • promote the sector in Australia
  • be the link between the sector, governments and other key stakeholders
  • provide the Australian voice in the international maritime community
  • focus on safety performance and provide tools for continuous improvement
  • raise awareness of and drive improved environmental performance
  • coordinate industry on human resources best practice and industrial relations issues
  • identify and advocate strategies to secure the maritime skills base – both ashore and at sea
  • provide members with advisory services and networking forums

Our history

Maritime Industry Australia Ltd has existed in various guises for over 115 years, with its genesis as the Australasian Steamship Owners Federation (ASOF) formed in 1899, closely followed by industrial body, the Commonwealth Steamship Owners Association (CSOA). In 1986 ASOF became the Australian National Maritime Association (ANMA) and CSOA merged to become the Australian Shipowners Industrial Association (ASIA).

During the 1990s ANMA became the Australian Shipowners Association (ASA) which soon absorbed the functions of ASIA. In early 2015 ASA became Maritime Industry Australia Limited (MIAL).