About AMFA


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Welcome to the Academy's website which provides a comprehensive look at the Academy and the educational and business services we offer.

The Academy is an approved WorkReady training provider. All prospective students should visit the WorkReady website for information. Students should also be aware of the important information about Certificate II courses. You can read more here.

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Bob Miller
Chief Executive Officer

Founded in 1997, the Australian Fisheries Academy was established as an industry managed education centre for the maritime, fishing and seafood industries. It is now recognised as a leader in the provision of maritime, fishing and seafood industry-based education and development programs in Australia.

In 2011, the Australian Fisheries Academy included maritime in its trading name to become the Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy (AMFA). The new name reflects the increased number of students, courses and demand the maritime sector has experienced in the last few years.

AMFA students now have wider career options than ever before, with the oil and gas sectors of the resources industry becoming a large utiliser of skilled maritime workers.

AMFA is the only industry owned and operated maritime, seafood and fishing industry development and training organisation in the Southern Hemisphere. Its role is to provide education, management, advisory and support services in all maritime and fisheries related development and training areas.

AMFA's Mission, Vision and Values

To provide quality, innovative and industry driven training and services that increase the standards within the maritime, fishing and seafood industries.

AMFA's Vision is provide the highest standard of training, using the latest technology, to be the leading international maritime, fishing and seafood industry and related services training provider in Australia.

AMFA's Values are that we will:

  • be honest and act with integrity
  • be professional, consistent and strive for the highest standards
  • operate as a team and communicate while respecting each person's individuality
  • be innovative and flexible
  • be relevant, accountable and customer focused
  • be loyal, trustworthy, friendly and demonstrate empathy
  • be responsible and have a strong work ethic

AMFA's Board

The Board of the Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy is an expertise-based board and all directors have extensive links to the maritime, fishing and seafood industries.

The board provides strategic direction and oversees the implementation of the mission and vision while ensuring that industry-relevant outcomes are achieved. Current board members are:

Hagen Stehr AO HonDUniv (USC) (Chairman)
Brian Jeffriess AM (Deputy Chair)
Steve Moriarty
Hon Nick Bolkus
Steve Hinge
Michael Dyer
Marcus Stehr
Dr Mehdi Doroudi
Bob Miller (AMFA CEO)

Recognition of Industry

The Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy held a dinner in the Port Adelaide Boardroom to honour the long-time members of the South Australian fishing industry and long-time supporters of the Academy, who are pictured below in front of the Fisherman's Memorial at the Port Adelaide campus.

Pictured above from left to right are: Robert Miller, Graham Turk, Maurice Corigliano, Steve Moriarty (back), Mark Cody, Mick Puglisi, Graham Gribble, Milan Rapp, Hagen Stehr (back), Ian Backler, Peter Dundas-Smith and inset are Brian Jeffriess and Jeff Wait (right).

AMFA's Role

Offering a broad range of nationally accredited training programs and short courses, the Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy is continuously developing and customising its wide range of education programs to meet industry specific requirements.

The Academy's programs are designed to deliver learning outcomes that are effective, ensuring practicality and relevance to the maritime, fishing and seafood industries.

AMFA is recognised as a leader in Australia and the Asia Pacific region for innovative, focussed and relevant fisheries advisory, management and training services that are client driven.


The Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy offers training for all sectors of the maritime, fishing and seafood industries.

Programmes include regulatory maritime certificates for both above and below decks, marine radio, fisheries compliance, fishing operations and marine safety at both coastal and blue water levels of qualification.

Industry-based advisory panels allow the Academy to ensure that programmes are relevant to industry needs while helping to provide access for industry-student partnerships that are built that enhance employment outcomes.


The Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy has an impressive range of resources that allow the delivery of relevant, practically-focussed training.

These resources include active and static training vessel, two damage control simulators; as well as wheelhouse/bridge and engine room simulators.

Part of the training students undertake is navigational simulation. This is conducted on AMFA's Wheelhouse simulator.

Fully operational radar, GPS and plotting equipment is used to simulate real-time navigational situations. Students also have access to a number of different computer-modelled simulations to test their abilities.

A fully functioning vessel engine room is used to simulate operation and maintenance aboard a vessel. AMFA's courses are designed to give students practical experience in the controlled environment of AMFA's classrooms.

AMFA's People

The Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy is able to provide a wealth of experience and expertise through a combination of vastly experienced practitioners on the staff and broad industry expertise available through its associates and industry links. This ensures that the AMFA can offer a fully integrated service to fishing, seafood and maritime interests in Australia.

Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy personnel have a broad scope of relevant skills in areas ranging from oil tanker masters and senior engineering officers to fish catching operations, vessel management, fisheries management, seafood processing, aquaculture and fisheries compliance.


Providing a range of services which complement its training focus, the Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy has extensive experience in providing consultancy services to Australian and offshore clients including developing and implementing education programs overseas; developing learning resources and programmes both within Australia and overseas; and conducting industry reviews.



In understanding the value and benefits of productive partnerships, the Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy has established links with other maritime, fishing and seafood industry training providers in Australia.


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