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Marina Industry Association Health of the Australian Marina Industry report released

The Marina Industry Association (MIA) has released its latest Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey Report (HAMIS). Conducted every two years, since 2011, the survey continues to provide a comprehensive, comparable, and evolving perspective on the economic, social and environmental performance and contributions of Australian marinas. The survey is largely funded by maritime planning and design experts, International Marina Consultants (IMC).

Conducted in late 2021, the findings are based on a sample of over 46% of Australia’s 290 club and commercial marinas and given the high response rate and consistency of the survey instrument and its respondents, the resultant data is considered valid and reliable. Researcher and report author, Dr Ed Mahoney of Michigan State University, noted, “The response rate again demonstrates the industry’s acute interest in having access to scientifically collected data that allows for identification of trends and assessment of the financial performance and economic contribution of this important industry”.

The resilience and strength were evident when key data was presented to over 320 industry professionals by MIA President, Andrew Chapman two weeks ago at the Marinas22 International Conference and Trade Exhibition on the Gold Coast.

The performance highlights from the 2020-21 data indicate industry turnover exceeding $730M, direct employment of over 3,300 people, government tax and lease payments of $95M, along with capital investments of over $183M. Furthermore, the industry engaged nearly 8,700 independent contractors and provided tenancy to over 1,900 businesses.

Chapman explained, “The findings indicate inadequacy of supply in many locations around the country. It shows that strong occupancy rates and waitlists have continued to grow over the last decade despite an increase in storage spaces. This bodes well for the future of our industry as it indicates further opportunity, particularly given the increasing pipeline of new vessels on order from manufacturers – they are all going to need somewhere to store their boats”.

The report breaks performance down by state along with marina size and type (club, non-club marinas). The varying services provided by marinas, including food and beverage, fuel and commercial tenancy are reported on, and comments made on the differing effects of the pandemic on the industry.

A complimentary copy if the 106-page report has been distributed to all participating marinas and is available for purchase on the MIA website.

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About the Marina Industries Association (MIA )

The MIA is the peak body representing the interests of club, recreational and commercial marinas, boatyards and industry suppliers in Australia & the wider Asia-Pacific region. Working closely with other marina associations around the world, the MIA works in support of developing sustainable marina industries through the delivery of strong leadership, industry guidance, education, accreditation and research. The MIA has approximately 300 corporate members and connects over 2,000 industry leaders and decision makers. 75% of members are marinas, clubs and boatyards and over 85% of larger marinas (over 100 berths) in Australia are members of the MIA.

About the Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey (HAMIS)

The main body of research conducted by the MIA is the biennial Health of the Australian Marina Industry Study (HAMIS). HAMIS is a biennial survey which began in 2011 and provides high quality, reliable data to quantify the size, value and benefits of the marina industry in Australia. HAMIS is arguably the most comprehensive industry survey conducted in the marine industry sector. It aggregates industry data to provide valuable performance benchmarks and values the economic contribution of the industry as well as the social and environmental benefits of marinas. The survey attains a response rate of close to 50% of all marinas in the country, thus producing highly reliable statistics beneficial to decision makers from marinas, boatyards, governments and developers.

The survey sponsor, International Marina Consultants is a leader in the industry, providing special services for the planning, design and feasibility of marinas and associated waterfront facilities.