Developing the marina industries through education, accreditation and research
Welcome to the Marina Industries Association (MIA), the peak industry body for the marina industries in Australia, Asia and the Pacific regions. MIA is dedicated to the needs of marina owners and operators of berthing, mooring, storage and slipway/workshop facilities connected to sailing, cruising and general boating. MIA also services the needs of vendor businesses that supply goods and services to marinas. MIA has members in many countries and has a growing influence in the marina industries across the wider Asian region.
MIA's mission is to support the sustainable development of the marina industries through education, research and accreditation programs. MIA has an active Board and associated committees across 11 areas of activity.
In 2015 the MIA in partnership with the Boating Industries Alliance Australia (BIAA) will deliver Marine15, Asia Pacific’s biggest recreational marine business and safety conference and trade exhibition to be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
MIA is providing a well-established and internationally recognised career training pathway for the marina industries and is a founding member of the Global Marina Institute (GMI). GMI ensures a high and internationally consistent standard of training is delivered across the globe by its partners MIA and the British Marine Federation (BMF).
The Association has had a long standing research partnership with the Recreational Marine Research Centre based at Michigan State University. As a result of this partnership MIA has recently published The Mahoney Report - the 2013 Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey which reports on the economic, social and environmental performance of marinas in Australia.
MIA has two accreditation programs; the MIA International Clean Marina Program and the International Gold Anchor Rating Scheme for marinas. It also offers a non-rated or general Gold Anchor scheme. Clean Marinas sets high compliance standards for marinas that meet or exceed government environmental regulatory requirements. Likewise the Gold Anchor scheme provides a thorough customer service focused assessment framework for the rating of marinas according to their level of service and facilities.
With the invaluable support of our members, 2014 will be another productive year for the Association. There is a packed calendar of training courses and work is well underway towards the exciting Marine15 international Conference, to be held on the Gold Coast from May 2-5, 2015.
The entry period for 2015/2016 Marina of the Year Awards is now open and details available under 'Events' on this site - we look forward to seeing best practise examples from industry and even more entries than the record received year last year.Winners and finalists in each category will be announced at marine15.
The acclaimed Waterline publication and e-News are keeping members and the wider marina community up to date with the latest industry and Association news and MIA is keen to welcome new members and sponsors who see value in joining.