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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

World Maritime Day: Connecting ships, ports and people

Media Release

DC289/2017

27 September 2017

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester says Australia is seeking to upgrade its International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) membership to Category B.

Mr Chester said World Maritime Day was a day to celebrate shipping and highlight Australia’s campaign to move up from Category C on IMO’s governing Council.

“Category B more accurately reflects Australia’s status as a state with a large interest in international seaborne trade,” Mr Chester said.

“Australia is the world’s largest bulk commodities exporter, with deep interests in protecting our marine environment and servicing a search and rescue area that covers one-tenth of the earth’s surface.

“Category C is for states with a special interest in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council ensures the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.

“Australia’s election to Category B would allow us to continue to work closely with IMO member states to develop balanced and evidence-based policy on issues important both to trade efficiency as well as to maritime safety and protecting the marine environment.

“Shipping directly supports Australia’s economy and essentially all of our exports—agricultural products, including wheat and wool, minerals such as iron ore, and energy.

“Creating the conditions in which international shipping can operate safely, efficiently and with minimal environmental impact is important to the Australian Government.