Latest Skills Forecast 2020

The Maritime IRC Skills Forecast focuses on the prioritisation of the skills needs of the industry. Skills Forecasts are developed and reviewed annually and submitted on behalf of the IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval.


Latest Projects

The MAR Maritime Training Package provides nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in: General Purpose Hands, Coxswains, Marine Engine Drivers, Marine Engineers, Marine Surveyors, Cooks, Integrated Ratings, Deck Officers, Ship’s Masters and Marina Operations.


Maritime Industry Reference Committee (IRC)

The Maritime IRC is made up of industry leaders and experts and acts as a conduit between the Maritime industry and the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).


The Maritime industry is vital to the Australian economy in the provision of import and export of goods, as well as tourism and other value added activities as ten per cent of the world’s sea trade passes through Australian ports and over 95 per cent of Australian exports are transported by sea.


The Maritime IRC are responsible for ensuring the MAR Maritime Training Package meets the needs of the industry and provides nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in:

  • General Purpose Hands
  • Coxswains
  • Marine Engine Drivers
  • Marine Engineers
  • Marine Surveyors
  • Cooks
  • Integrated Ratings
  • Deck Officers
  • Ship’s Masters
  • Marina Operations
  • Maritime Operations

The Committee


Chair: Steven Moon, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators.

Deputy Chair (Current): Glen Williams, Maritime Union of Australia
Deputy Chair (Rotating): Henning Christiansen, Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers
Deputy Chair (Rotating): Mark Davis, Australian Maritime Officers Union


Committee members:

Chris Ha, Sealink
Fuji D’Souza, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Malcolm Merrey, Spirit of Tasmania
Mark Shannon, Serco Asia Pacific
Oliver Krcoski, Austral Fisheries
Sarah Cerche, Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL)


Steven Moon

Maritime Industry Reference Committee Chair


Steven Moon OAM is passionate about the VET sector, having joined the navy at 15 as an electrical apprentice and working with power generation and distribution systems aboard many of the Royal Australian Navy’s vessels, leading to a maritime career, including as a ships master and engineer, of more than 40 years.


He is an accomplished Senior Executive accustomed to fast-growing operations in diverse cultural environments, with particular strengths in project management, business development, and vocational and technical training, especially in the maritime sector.


Steven is currently the Managing Director of Projects Global, an independent maritime consultancy providing project management, marine engineering, crew training, audit and compliance services with a particular focus on marine tourism and the domestic commercial vessel sector.


Ron Horne

Industry Manager - Transport and Logistics, Rail, Maritime and Water





Phone: 03 9604 7232

Mobile: 0448 166 536


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