Australia implemented the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) in 2013. The MLC is an international convention developed under the International Labour Organization (ILO). The MLC sets the employment and social rights for all seafarers globally. Among the essential elements of the MLC is the right to decent working and living conditions on board, fair terms of employment and a safe and secure workplace.
While the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has the legislative authority to ensure vessel owners and operators are fulfilling their obligations under the MLC, the Australian Seafarer Welfare Council aims to promote seafarer welfare issues and the services available in Australian ports to support and protect seafarers.
For more information on how seafarer welfare is addressed within the MLC, see the seafarer welfare brochure (PDF, 532 KB).
Please visit the AMSA website for more information on the implementation of the MLC in Australia.