Role of Shipping Australia

The major focus of Shipping Australia, as a peak industry body, is 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 heavy lift trades as well as towage.

It also provides Secretariat services to liner companies and agencies that have consortia and joint services 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 members informed of developments affecting the industry by representing 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 Corporate Associate 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.

Our objectives

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

In essence, Shipping Australia’s contributions are multifaceted, driving growth, employment, international commerce, and ensuring alignment with environmental and societal responsibilities. It’s a testament to the dynamic and essential role shipping plays in Australia’s economic fabric.

Our contribution to the Australian Economy

Shipping Australia represents an industry that makes a massive contribution to the Australian economy.


Shipping Australia helps shape and promote the policies of the shipping industry in Australia and internationally.

The exchange of information between members, along with timely advice on developments that might impact the industry, is an invaluable service provided by Shipping Australia. We foster collaboration and ensure readiness for any industry shifts, promoting a resilient community.

While some issues are company-specific, members know that Shipping Australia can offer either administrative support or more broad-based industry support, depending on the need. Through the cooperative effort of the steering group process, collective action can be taken, enhancing the quality of the response and building a cohesive network of professionals.

The financial benefits are also significant. The savings that Shipping Australia achieves for shipping companies, regardless of type or nationality, amount to many millions of dollars annually. This represents outstanding value for all members, promoting the industry’s global standing and ensuring a thriving future.

Interested in becoming a member?

Shipping Australia provides professional support to its members through promoting member interests. Learn more about how membership can benefit you here.