About us

Australia/New Zealand Branch

Australia and New Zealand Branch


The Australia and New Zealand Branch www.icsanz.com was founded in 1998. The Branch continues to flourish and currently has about 100 members. The Branch promotes professionalism in shipping through education both at the company and government levels. The Branch is currently engaged in an accreditation process whereby the ICS qualifications would become nationally recognised and the courses added to the national register.

Geographically the Branch covers an area the size of Europe with members of the Committee spread from Fremantle in the west to Launceston (Tasmania) in the south and as far as Auckland in the east, though the majority of members still reside in Melbourne and Sydney. The membership are employed in a wide variety of commercial shipping including competitive brokerage and as employees in shipping company offices (liner and bulk), charterer's offices and government departments.

In the education arena the Branch is a recognised Institute Teaching Centre (ITC), and for some years has provided a steady stream of students sitting exams in centres around Australia and New Zealand including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Auckland. The wide geographical area poses logistical challenges for holding examinations but is efficiently handled by the ITC.

Besides structured ICS courses, the Branch has developed and delivers bespoke short-courses/workshops on a variety of chartering subjects. These have recently been held in Brisbane and Melbourne. We also run a successful series of industry seminars on topical matters most recently in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

On the social and networking front, the highlight of the social calendar is the annual Industry Party held in Melbourne every August, with members from all over Australia and New Zealand attending.  The Branch has also initiated the Young Professionals Melbourne (YPM) group, designed to facilitate the meeting of the young (under-35s) professionals in the maritime industry.


Who's who

Chairman Nick Vann
Vice Chairman & Secretary Bill Macdonald
Treasurer Francis Castellino
Education Officer Manisha Taneja
Public Officer Nigel D'Souza
Other Committee Members: Hemant Chopra
Nigel D'Souza
Bob Hawkins - ex officio
Tony Pegum
Steve Randall
Hiti Taluja
Manesha Taneja
New Zealand Chapter Representative Robert Hawkins
Webmaster Francis Castellino
YPM President Peter Batri
Brisbane Events Coordinator Svetlana Androsova


The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Australia and New Zealand Branch)


General:  PO Box 80, Yarra Glen. Victoria 3775. Australia

Bulk/Registered/Couriered Post: 104/443 Little Collins Street, Melbourne 3000. Australia


E: icsanz@icsanz.com

W: www.icsanz.com