Western Australia Branch

The WA Branch spans from Albany and Bunbury in the south to the far north of the Pilbara, with many ports in between.

WA Branch Resources

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: 27 Oct 2020

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In the wake of the infections on the Vega Dream and the Al Messilah the McGowan Government continues the flow of foreign seafarers from COVID hotspots to replace Western Australian Seafarers.

Maersk Supply Service operated vessel the Maersk Minder is operating out of Dampier Western Australia for Chevron Offshore Oil and Gas operations.

The contract between Chevron and Maersk is set to expire early November 2020 and the vessel is anticipated to remain close to Australia with a view obtaining additional work in the Western Australia’s North West.

Published: 1 Oct 2020

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The infection of the crew when sailing the Patricia Oldendorff into Port Hedland is a stark reminder of the risks Western Australia’s Maritime Borders poses to our community.

Across Western Australia’s 17 ports, we have vessels arriving from Coronavirus hotspots with as little as 6 days at sea.

Today in the Port of Fremantle we have the Elizabeth Oldendorff which arrives from Cilacap in Central Java after only 9 days at sea and will berth in Kwinana after only 11 days.

Published: 30 Sep 2020

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The McGowan Government has left 9 international seafarers stranded on a vessel contaminated with COVID19 in the Port of Port Hedland.


Whilst the vessel is currently at anchor in Port Hedland, port service providers will continue to interact with the crew of the vessel as they bring the necessary supplies to crew stranded on board.


Published: 25 Sep 2020

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A breakthrough in negotiations between the Maritime Union of Australia and the nation’s largest container terminal operator is set to deliver a new workplace agreement by the end of September, ending long-running industrial negotiations.

DP World Australia, which operates container terminals in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle, has notified workers that it anticipates finalising workplace agreements with the union by 30 September.

The progress to resolve the long-running dispute follows productive negotiations between the MUA and DPWA this week.

Published: 21 Aug 2020

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MUA Press Release 
The National Cabinet must use today’s meeting to establish “green lanes” to allow interstate travel by maritime workers, with hundreds currently unable to travel to work or get home after being at sea. 
The Maritime Union of Australia said travel restrictions and border closures between Australian states and territories had led to a situation where many Australian seafarers were isolated at sea, unable to get home to their families, with replacement crew members also unable to join the vessels.

Published: 14 Aug 2020

Offshore Update – 14th August 2020




This next update covers off on the industry, along with this Monday’s action against the WA State Government.  Please share this email around and if you are currently in Perth please GET INVOLVED in the MUA campaign for our member’s jobs.


WA Outer Harbour – Action Time

The McGowan Government has announced plans to begin the construction of the Outer Harbour. The WA Branch clearly oppose these plans as “It’s just not needed”.


Published: 28 Jul 2020

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MUA members are invited to register your interest in this online course 
Please register your interest in this course by clicking here: https://www.mua.org.au/forms/voice-treaty-truth-advocacy-online-course

Published: 22 Jul 2020

Government actions and decisions continue to impact our members in the Offshore Oil and Gas sector. Please feel free to share this report with other MUA Oil and Gas workers in your contact list.
NSW Joins Victoria in WA Lock Out – Whilst McGowan Pushes The Resource Sector To Pick Up Locally


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney