A Training Working Group has been formed between the Royal Australian Navy’s Training Force Headquarters and the University of Tasmania - Australian Maritime College (AMC).
The Terms of Reference for the working group were signed by Commodore Training, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan, and the Principal of AMC, Professor Neil Bose, on 13 December 2013 at Fleet Headquarters.
The creation of the working group has formalised the relationship of more than thirty years between AMC and the Navy, allowing for the establishment of formal strategic discussions on mutual maritime training issues and a better understanding of each others needs and capabilities.
RADM Noonan said the terms reaffirm and strengthen the relationship between Navy and the AMC, also representing the Maritime Training Memorandum of Understanding Partners at Hunter and Challenger TAFE Colleges.
“Acceptance of the terms of reference highlights Navy's commitment to increasing cooperative arrangements in recruitment, training and training standards,” RADM Noonan said.
“Establishing a collaborative approach to sustaining a strong maritime sector across Australia is in Navy’s interest, in particular in identifying ways in which Navy could assist the commercial maritime sector achieve its training requirements.”
Navy has agreed to increase cooperative arrangements in recruitment, training and training standards as part of the Australian Maritime Workforce Strategy paper developed in May 2013 for then Federal Government.
Navy personnel continue to conduct training at AMC, based in Tasmania, in the areas of navigation and naval architecture.
Professor Bose said the agreement underlines the commitment of AMC and the MOU partners to working more closely with Navy in the national interest and to mutual benefit.
“This signing marks the consolidation of the significant formal engagement between Navy and AMC at a strategic and operational level commencing with DCN in February this year which has been strongly supported by RADM Noonan and his staff,” Professor Bose said.
“AMC welcomes this collaborative approach to seeking solutions to both the national maritime training issues and also exploring ways of collaborating on our mutual needs in maritime and seafarer training.”