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New South Wales

About the South East Australia Branch




The Nautical Institute is the international professional body for qualified seafarers and others with an interest in nautical matters. The organization provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members, who are drawn from all aspects of the maritime world. With representation at the IMO, IALA and other related organisations, the NI is actively participating in representing the needs of mariners.

The work of the NI includes developments in e-Navigation, participating in IALA’s review of the Maritime Buoyage System and analysis of the continued use of traditional aids to navigation. In addition to an effective web presence at, the NI publishes a monthly journal called ‘Seaways’ and a number of books aimed at all areas of maritime development.

The aim of the NI is to provide the strongest possible professional focus, dedicated to improving standards of those in control of seagoing craft, while maintaining the institute as an international centre of nautical excellence. As part of the international reach, the formation of NI Branches is actively encouraged.

The SE Australia Branch was formed in March 1998 and represented NI members in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and later, Tasmania. After 21 successful years, in May 2019 the SA, VIC and TAS members split off to form their own Southern Australia Branch, with the SE Australia Branch continuing to represent NSW and ACT.

The NI co-exists with other related professional organisations, such as the Company of Master Mariners of Australia (CoMMA). The synergy created through inter-organisational events ensures ongoing development and access to a wide range of expertise. In this manner, the SE AUS branch of the NI aims to promote the institute while providing a forum for enquiry and debate on all matters relating to the maritime profession.

For more information, visit the NI International website, or contact the branch secretary at: