THE AUSTRALIAN Maritime Safety Authority board will be on the hunt for a new CEO in the new year.

The current CEO, Mick Kinley, is to step down at the end of his current term, which will be at the end of June 2024.

“Under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990, AMSA’s CEO is appointed for a period of five years, and can be eligible for re-appointment,” Mr Kinley said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for AMSA and am very proud of what the organisation has achieved and continues to achieve, however it is time for me to retire.”

Mr Kinley has been in the CEO role since August 2014; before that he eld the role of deputy CEO from 2008. He joined AMSA as a marine surveyor in 1994.

The chair of the AMSA board accepted Mr Kinley’s decision and confirmed that a search for Mr Kinley’s successor will commence early in the new year.

“On behalf of the entire AMSA Board and staff, I want to thank Mr Kinley for his dedicated service,” she said.

“Under Mr Kinley’s decade-long leadership as CEO, Australia’s maritime industry and communities have benefited immensely from his strong, intelligent, and considerate stewardship.

“Throughout his 30-year career at AMSA, Mr Kinley has played a significant role in strengthening AMSA and Australia’s reputation as influential leaders across domestic, regional, and international maritime safety, environmental protection and response, seafarer wellbeing, and workforce diversity and inclusivity.

“More recently, Mr Kinley played a key role in Australia’s re-election to Category B of the International Maritime Organization Council for 2024-25.”