DIVE QUEENSLAND is a non-profit, membership based, incorporated association committed to the promotion and development of the diving industry in Queensland
Member Benefits By becoming a member of Dive Queensland you will be obtain these benefits and many more. • Work closely with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority • Proactive with Workplace Health & Safety • Exclusive access to key focussed marketing initiatives. • Low cost advertising opportunities • Representation in the Media on key issues and events. • Representation on issues regarding legislative and regulatory matters. • Access to and development of best practices for the safety of divers and the environment. • Website link and listing • Supporting local businesses. Our mission: • Building destination awareness and raising the profile of our members through collaborative marketing programs and opportunities • Promoting sustainable growth in safe recreational diving and snorkelling in Queensland • Actively participate in the preservation and conservation of marine flora and fauna species and assist in the restoration of a marine environment compatible with this aim • Promoting diving safety through regulation and education – developing safe, skilled and knowledgeable divers • Working with and lobbying government departments in all areas affecting dive tourism throughout Queensland
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Earlier this month the tourism industry gathered in Townsville to participate in the fourth edition of the unique DestinationQ (DQ) forum. Set up specifically to give focus and purpose to the partnership between the industry and the state government, it is a credit to the new government to have continued this young tradition. Every year the format and content is adjusted to keep up with industry expectations and priorities. QTIC is proud to be a partner in this endeavour, alongside the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, and Tourism and Events Queensland. Critical to the DQ success is the commitment of the Premier and key ministers to participate actively in the forum. The annual report-back from each portfolio, as well as from QTIC, maintains the momentum in delivering on the action plans from year to year. The ministerial presence at the forum also allows our industry to engage closely and directly on a broad range of policy areas. As part of our formal Partnership Agreement with the State Government, I am hopeful that we can keep this Queensland innovation going and relevant in coming years. Also as part of this partnership, a delegation of the QTIC board will hold its first bi-annual meeting with the Tourism Cabinet Committee next week. The Committee includes the Minister for Tourism, the Deputy Premier and the Treasurer. This high level format affords QTIC an effective and direct opportunity to raise strategic matters with key decision makers in government. The following week we will come together to celebrate the annual Queensland Tourism Awards. This year we have much to celebrate, not least a great sense of optimism in the industry. If you haven't already secured your spot, please join us on Friday 13 November. Tickets are available on the QTIC website and regional visitors to Brisbane are invited to take advantage of special accommodation offers from our industry partners. I look forward to seeing you there! And finally, I'm excited to reveal QTIC has increased the number of participants being accepted into the QTIC Young Professionals Mentoring Program. For the 2016 Program, 15 industry representatives aged 35 years or under will be selected for next year's program and I encourage interested applicants to apply before the closing date of Sunday 6 December 2015
BEACON DISPOSAL REMINDER Beacon owners can still dispose of unwanted beacons responsibly in the following ways: • Contact your local battery store. A small fee may apply. • Contact your local maritime safety agency. They may be able to provide disposal advice. • Disconnect the beacon battery according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then contact your local waste management facility to ask about environmentally friendly disposal options. A small fee may apply. Anyone who disposes of their unwanted beacon should update their details with AMSA to de-register their beacon. Details can be updated online at www.amsa.gov.au/beacons or by phoning AMSA on 1800 406 406.
HEALTH AND SAFETY TO BECOME AN INDUSTRY FOCUS The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s study into the Health and Safety in the Australian Fishing Industry has revealed that claims for fatal injuries in aquaculture and non-fatal injuries in marine (wild capture) sectors of the fisheries industry are increasing. This data was based on just 18 per cent of industry because incidents and accidents captured in official occupational health and safety (OHS) figures do not include self-employed workers. Workshops conducted with industry to learn more found that the cause of most industry accidents and deaths is due a lack of OHS awareness and respect, preventing the adoption of safety procedures and behaviours—a lack of safety culture. Read more about the study, including recommendations to improve OHS awareness and develop a culture of safety in the Australian fishing industry.
SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS WORKSHOPS AMSA launched the Risk and Safety Management Workshop Resource Kit in Hobart earlier this year for Domestic Commercial Vessel stakeholders. In partnership with the Australian Maritime College, the kit is designed to help commercial vessel operators and crew tailor a safety management system for their operation. As a result of the launch, a series of Safety Management and Risk Assessment Workshops for trainers and industry have been held around the country. Overwhelmingly positive feedback has been received from participants who have attended recent sessions in Victoria & Perth. Over 90% of participants rated the workshops as either excellent or above average in purpose, outcomes and relevance. The material and delivery was also rated highly as useful and informative. Participation was considered to better prepare individuals and organisations to assist with applying both risk assessment processes and the establishment of safety management systems for their vessels. Many comments were received that acknowledged this initiative as a positive step to engage with industry stakeholders in working towards a safer Domestic Commercial Vessel industry. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please see the below dates or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Upcoming SMS Workshops 6-7 November Maclean/Yamba, Clarence River Fishermans Co-op (supported by FRDC grants), 3 Workshops 19 November Port Lincoln, Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association 20 November Adelaide, Wildcatch Fisheries and Council members 25 November Townsville 3 December Rockhampton 5 December Gladstone