Census findings highlight aging workforce
The census, which received 169 responses, shows that of more than 5500 seafarers working at sea and ashore, 52 per cent are older than 46 and only 8 per cent younger than 30.
The census also forecasts a 560-plus shortage of seafarers in 2023.
Maritime Industry Australia Ltd chief executive officer Teresa Lloyd, commenting on the findings, acknowleded that gaining seafaring skills in Australia was difficult when it depended on ships being available.
“As everyone with an interest in the maritime industry knows the workforce is aging, the opportunities to train and work in the industry are reducing yet the need for qualified and experienced officers is as great as ever,” she said.
“The training pipeline has reduced to a trickle. The end users of seafarer skills need to do more.
"Ports, regulators, educators, surveyors, the entire maritime community depend on having sufficiently experienced people available to fill key roles and they need to be part of the solution not just part of the problem.
“There is great opportunity for the industry to better work together to maximise the efficiency of the limited training opportunities that currently exist; share the cost burden across those who need the skills and increase the pool of people entering the maritime industry.”
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