Port States and Seafarers: Australia’s Maritime Employment Legislation
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This chapter examines Australia’s Fair Work legislation of 2009, which brought seafarers aboard vessels substantially connected with Australia within the scope of Australian employment legislation, regardless of the seafarers’ nationality or the flag under which a vessel was operating. It also deals with the 2012 reforms which followed, including the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012 and the associated amendments to the Shipping Registration Act 1981, which created the Australian International Shipping Register. These later reforms had the effect of watering down the application of Australian employment law to vessels engaged in international trade, while strengthening Australia’s restrictions on domestic trade.