Careers in Shipping

The shipping industry plays a vital role in international trade and in the economic progress of most countries. Because of its international involvement and operations it is different in many respects from other industries. Because of this it offers interesting and diverse career opportunities.

Shipping operates in a keenly competitive international market and as the growth in international trade increases and ships to carry the trade are in greater demand, career prospects also improve.

Employment opportunities arise for bright young people with or without their higher school certificate or university degrees. On-the-job training is available for everyone to learn about the shipping industry. Positions also become available for graduates or those who already have professional qualifications. The shipping industry attracts a wide range of disciplines including accounting, IT, customer service, marketing, logistics and international business. In more specialised sectors of the industry, ship chartering and broking skills are often in demand.

In addition to the short courses offered via Shipping Australia, several Australian universities offer degrees with major studies in transport related fields. The Australian Maritime College offers certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate level studies in business and transport, as well as vocational training in ship operations and stevedoring. 

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Young Shipping Australia

Young Shipping Australia is non-profit organisation developed for young professionals within the shipping industry. Established in 2007 and guided by the YSA NSW Committee, Young Shipping Australia has provided the shipping community with regular educational and social events targeted at the ‘under 35s’ age group. Members of YSA benefit from discounted attendance and preferential selection to popular events.

Become a YSA member today!

Online Courses

Shipping Australia’s on-line training courses teach and assess the basics of the shipping industry. Whether you are looking to take your first steps into a new career or if your business would benefit from employees gaining a better understanding of the shipping industry, Shipping Australia Limited’s on-line training courses are a great starting point.

Opportunity for Higher Learning

If you are 18+, have one year’s experience working in the shipping industry these courses present a stepping stone to further your career.  Successfully complete both e-learning courses and the Australian Maritime College can offer you placement in, and partial credit towards a Bachelor of Business (Maritime and Logistics) or a Bachelor of International Logistics (Freight Forwarding) degree.   Enrolment in these degrees can be full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by distance education.

Introduction to Shipping

Introduction to Shipping is highly recommended for new staff of companies and government agencies who are connected to the shipping industry. Since it was first introduced in 2009, it has proven very popular by making high standard informative content convenient and easily accessible.

Brimming with practical information, examples and interactive activities, this course provides a detailed look at the role and functions of the shipping industry and the responsibilities of organisations, companies and agencies that support it. About this course “Introduction to Shipping” aims to build an understanding of the shipping industry by explaining the role and functions...

Fundamentals of the Maritime Industry

Fundamentals of the Maritime Industry utilises the same successful format and refines the domain of international shipping industry into its key elements within ten training subjects. Released in 2012.

The Fundamentals of the Maritime Industry aims to establish a foundation of industry knowledge. The course content covers international trade and Australia’s involvement, how the shipping industry responds to the transport task is explained with examples of types of ships and how cargo capacity is determined. The role shipping plays in the supply chain is...

Chain of Responsibility

This CoR training course is for operators, owners, managers, schedulers, brokers and freight forwarders, loaders, packers and drivers. It will provide you and your team with a firm understanding of everyone’s responsibilities under the Chain of Responsibility, and the knowledge required to prevent breaches of mass, dimension, loading, speed and fatigue laws from occurring.

Chain of Responsibility Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, everyone in the transport supply chain has a legal obligation to ensure breaches of road transport laws do not occur. This is called the ‘Chain of Responsibility’. Chain of Responsibility (CoR) training is essential for employees with control over any heavy vehicle transport task. About this...

Reefer Cargo Handling

Reefer Cargo Handling covers the many elements that make the logistics of chilled and frozen cargoes such a unique and important sector of the shipping industry.

On successful completion of all courses SAL’s Chief Executive recognises the candidate’s achievement with a signed certificate. Please follow the links for further course descriptions and details on costs and the discount available for multiple purchases.

The Reefer Cargo Handling course aimed to extend the knowledge of this unique and increasingly important sector of the shipping industry. The course explores the important factors that influence the transport of perishable goods and provides the learner with an appreciation of the; who, what, where, why and how of refrigerated cargoes. With assistance of...

Job Vacancies

Looking for exciting opportunities in the shipping industry? Explore the current job vacancies offered by Shipping Australia’s distinguished members. Our member organisations are known for their commitment to innovation, excellence, and integrity, and they’re eager to add talented professionals like you to their teams.

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