Australia relies on sea transport for 99 per cent of our exports. A substantial proportion of our domestic freight also depends on coastal shipping.

The Australian Government, through the department, contributes to the prosperity of the economy and the wellbeing of all Australians by supporting and enhancing our maritime industry.

The department supports an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport system, including an effective regulatory framework for shipping and environmental and safety regulations.

The Australian Government has commissioned a comprehensive review of the National Law and associated legislative framework, to commence in January 2022.