Shipping Australia

About Shipping Australia

Role of Shipping Australia Limited

The major focus of Shipping Australia, as a peak industry body, is both to promote and advance the interests of ship owners and shipping agents in all matters of shipping policy and safe environmentally sustainable ship operations.

SAL's members cover many of the major Australian and international ship owners, operators and agency companies involved in bulk, tanker, general cargo shipping, container, passenger and tramp trades.

It also provides Secretariat services to the many liner companies and agencies that are members of conferences, discussion agreements, consortia and joint services that have their agreements registered under Part X of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act, 2012 (Cth). These agreements specifically seek to facilitate and encourage growth of Australia's international liner shipping trades.

It is in a unique position to reflect the views of all shipping companies servicing the Australian trades and to effectively represent their needs.

Shipping Australia keeps their members informed of developments affecting the industry and represents the industry on many committees involving governments, port authorities and non-government bodies. It also has close working relationships with many organisations (both national and international) that work with or in support of the shipping industry.

The membership includes many valued associate corporate members and individuals who provide services to shipping or have an interest in the activities of the industry.

Shipping Australia also provides a forum for discussion and the exchange of information between members and other parties, researches and compiles data on the industry and maintains formal contacts between the industry, interest groups and the general public.


Shipping Australia's objectives are to influence government and other bodies to adopt policies that:

  • Support and promote the development of a regulatory environment which supports the reliable supply of efficient shipping services.
  • Implement and support actions taken which are aimed at reducing the costs of shipping services.
  • Improve the quality of service to Australia's exporters and importers.
  • Expand the opportunities for shipping services focusing on world's best practice and safe and environmentally sustainable operating procedures.
  • Maintain a high level of maritime security.
  • Raise the image and public perception of the shipping industry.
  • Expand the information and databases of value to its members.
  • Cooperate with all government and non-government organizations in the pursuit of these objectives.
  • Ensure that any legislation/regulations adopted in Australia have a positive impact on shipping and are in accordance with Australia's international obligations.
  • Contribution to the Australian Economy

Visit the Shipping Australia website to learn more about our organisation.