Tasmania Branch

MUA Tasmania Branch

The Tasmanian Branch of The Maritime Union of Australia centres on the key transport providers linking the island with the mainland. These are the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service, Searoad and Toll Shipping.

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Published: 23 Mar 2020

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During this current COVID-19 health crisis we have brought together the following information for members.
What is Coronavirus
Workplace Health and Safety Obligations
The Maritime Union of Australia has made the following demands on governments and employers during this global health crisis.

Published: 7 May 2020

Important information for seafarers. 
As of Midnight 5 May 2020, the Tasmanian State Controller has issued directions that bring that states exemption for Marine crew in line with the national cabinet decision of 9th April.
There are now 3 recognised categories that will be exempted under the state emergency management act provisions:

Published: 26 Mar 2020

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Photo Credit: Barry Becker
The Australian Government has been urged to acquire the soon-to-be retired Aurora Australis to address critical shortages of food and other essential supplies on Norfolk Island, which has been placed in isolation to avoid an outbreak of COVID-19.
The Aurora, affectionately known as the "Orange Roughy", this week returned from its final voyage for the Australian Antarctic Division where it delivered 12 months worth of cargo, food and fuel to remote Macquarie Island.

Published: 17 Mar 2020

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We are demanding that the Morrison Government guarantee two weeks paid special leave for all workers.
Working people need to know they don’t have to make the decision between going to work sick, or self-isolating and not being able to pay their bills.
Stopping the spread of coronavirus is vital, but Scott Morrison’s response so far has been dangerously inadequate.
The government must ensure that all workers have paid special leave - if you’re sick and don’t have sick leave entitlements or if you’re forced to self-quarantine.

Why is this important?

Published: 11 Mar 2020

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As the Australian Antarctic Division’s flagship icebreaker Aurora Australis undertakes its final voyage to resupply Macquarie Island with 12 months worth of cargo, food and fuel, seafarers are urging the Federal Government to take the opportunity to convert the vessel to a specialist emergency response role.

Published: 5 Feb 2020

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The bush fire emergency has brought out the best in our community.   

Published: 6 Jan 2020

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On this day in 1975 three hundred metres of Hobart’s Tasman Bridge collapsed into the Derwent River when it was hit by a 7000-ton bulk carrier, the Lake Illawarra. Four cars plunged into the river while another two were reported dangling on the edge of the bridge. Twelve people were reported missing and five were confirmed dead. “The bridge wavered for about 60 seconds before it collapsed on to the ship, which went straight to the bottom,” said witness Maurice Allan.


Published: 4 Jan 2020

Maritime Union of Australia offices in Newcastle, Sydney, Port Kembla, Melbourne, Devonport, Adelaide and Fremantle are now collection points for donations for the bushfire relief effort.

We are collecting:

Non perishable food items. Including longlife milk and drinks, pet food etc

Clothing in clean and good condition

Personal hygiene items for adults and children. Wipes, Nappies, Feminine Hygiene Products, Toothpaste, Soap etc

You can donate in normal business hours at the following addresses: 

NEWCASTLE 406-408 King St Ncle West

Published: 27 Sep 2019

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The national biennial conference will be held in Devonport Tasmania on 12-14 November.
The conference will be sponsored by the Spirit of Tasmania so attendees will travel Melbourne to Devonport Monday 11th via the ship and can fly out of Devonport late afternoon 14th or 15th or transport to Launceston airport can be arranged.
Cost: $200

Published: 24 Sep 2019

The Tasmanian Seafarers' Memorial at Triabunna, Tasmania is unique in that it is a memorial to all Tasmanian seafarers who lost their lives at sea including Tasmanian members of the armed services, and those seafarers who, regardless of occupation or nationality, lost their lives in Tasmanian waters.

It also enables the commemoration of the lives of Tasmanian Naval personnel lost during peace time service as well as during times of conflict.


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney