Australia/New Zealand Branch
The Australia and New Zealand Branch was founded in 1998. The
branch went through a period of strong activity followed by a
period in which there was a readjustment caused by the change in
the manner in which business was done and the effects of technology
and the manner in which the various international zones of the
market affected the daily routines of a branch which had been
created at the end of the era when Europe dominated the market.
Those issues are now being addressed and the branch is
Geographically the Branch covers a huge area from members of the
Committee spread from Fremantle in The West, Launceston (Tasmania)
in the South and Auckland in the East, including Melbourne and
Sydney as major area of members in between. The membership are
employed in a wide variety of commercial shipping including
practising brokers and employees in shipping company offices (liner
and bulk), Charterer's offices ,and Government Departments. The
Branch is also seriously considering introducing corporate
In the education arena there is the Institute Teaching Centre
(ITC), which for some years has provided a steady stream of
students sitting in two centres, Melbourne and Auckland. The wide
geographic area poses logistics challenges at examination time, but
is easily handled by the ITC.
In the year 2013-2014 there were 37 student members. Most
students study under Tutorship but one Committee member offers a
face to face course modelled on London. There is a very successful
series of industry seminars on topical matters in both Sydney and
Melbourne which are very successful while The New Zealand Chapter
offers the "Understanding Shipping" course.
The Branch is very proud of the fact that The New Zealand
Chapter has provided an International Award winner in each of the
last two years.
The Branch is preparing to enter the bespoke short course
The highlight of the Social calendar is the annual Industry Ball
held in Melbourne every August. With members as far away as New
Zealand in attendance recognising the occasion.
The Branch undertakes a series of industry seminars on topical
matters in both Sydney and Melbourne which are very successful
while The New Zealand Chapter offers the "Understanding Shipping"
Who's who in 2014/15
Chairman: Bob Hawkins FICS
Secretary: Robert Hill FICS
Education Officer: Nicholas Vann FICS
Treasurer: Francis Castellino FICS
The Institute Of Chartered Shipbrokers
(Australia/New Zealand Branch)
C/- Australia/ NZ Branch
PAMS, Level 1
613 Canterbury Road