Three key marine trade organizations in Australia have joined forced to launch the Australian Marine Industry Advisory Group. The founding members are Boating Industries Alliance Australia (BIAA), Australian Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and the Marina Industries Association (MIA).

Commenting on the launch, BIAA chairman Darren Vaux said: “The principal objective of industry associations is to advance the interests of their members, representing these interests to all levels of government.  Today we have strengthened the message of the three principal associations representing the marine industry in Australia by uniting to form the Australian Marine Industry Advisory Group, to provide ministers with informed, relevant and up to date advice on the issues impacting our sector.”

The new group aims to be vital to the ongoing success of the marine industry in engaging government support for the sector. AIMEX chairman Richard Chapman, said: “We are pleased that the united efforts of the associations will further enhance the prospects of the marine industry, encompassing the recreational, superyacht, commercial and marine defence sectors, addressing both domestic and international business issues“.

Endorsing the launche, MIA president Andrew Chapman, commented: “The marine industry is a vibrant and important part of the Australian economy.  Combined, our associations represent companies employing more than 40,000 Australians and delivering in excess of $12bn to the national economy. We have worked for many years to raise the profile of the sector with governments and the launch of the Australian Marine Industry Advisory Group will firmly anchor our presence with the Minister and other agencies in Canberra and across the country.”

The Australian Marine Industry Advisory Group was established following a request from the Department for Industry for the associations to assume leadership of the intergovernmental-industry forum originally established in 2008 as an outcome of the Marine Industry Action Agenda.

The group will act in an advisory capacity to government, focusing attention on the long-term sustainability of the marine industry.