Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Australia announces candidacy for Category B of IMO Council

Media Release

DC181/2016

11 November 2016

Australia is standing for election to a key role on the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations agency responsible for setting international shipping standards.

If successful, in 2018–19 Australia will join Category B of Council as one of 10 nations with the largest interests in international seaborne trade.

Historically, Australia has been represented in Category C of Council as one of 20 nations with special interests in maritime transport or navigation.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said while membership of Category B had never been successfully contested, election at this level would more accurately reflect Australia's significant role in international maritime trade.

“Australia is the world's largest exporter of bulk commodities and 99 per cent of our international merchandise trade is carried by sea,” Mr Chester said.

“We receive nearly 29,000 ship visits every year and Australian ports handle 1.4 billion tonnes of cargo annually.

“With such a prominent role in maritime trade and equally significant interests in protecting the marine environment and providing search and rescue services, Australia has a strong interest in engaging at the highest levels of the IMO and shaping the future of world shipping.

“Australia is a foundation member of the IMO and has contributed as an IMO Council member for nearly 50 years.

“In that time we have developed a reputation for working across the IMO to develop shipping standards, which are fair, effective and sustainable.

“Election to Category B of IMO Council will allow Australia to build on those decades of positive engagement with the international maritime community.”