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Australian Division

AustraliaThe Royal Institution of Naval Architects is represented in Australia by the Australian Division.

All members resident in Australia are registered as members of the Division.

History of the Division

In 1954, a number of Australian members of the Institution of Naval Architects proposed  that a Branch of the Institution should be formed in that country. Accordingly, the Australian Branch of   the Institution of Naval Architects was formally constituted.

A Section was formed in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory in 1972.  The Division now has Sections in New South Wales, Queensland, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia-Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The Australian Branch became a Division of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in 1979, the year of its Silver Jubilee.

Today, the Australian Division has members throughout the Commonwealth of Australia and Sections in the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra), New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australian & Northern Territory.


The Australian Division Council is elected from and by the members of the Australian Division.

Council Forum (Council members only)


Local Sections meet regularly and organise professional, technical and social events for the benefit of Members, providing an opportunity to meet and exchange views with other industry professionals. Each Section is organised by an elected Committee.

The Australian Naval Architect

The Australian Naval Architect is the journal of the Australian Division of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. It is published four times per year and is distributed to the members of the Institution in Australia.

The ANA contains news from the RINA Sections in Australia, the activities of the Division, selected technical articles or papers, and maritime news. Copies in pdf format are available for downloading from this site from the last week of the month of publication, namely February, May, August and November. 

Australian Division members (other than Student Members) may alternatively request the Secretary of the Australian Division to arrange for a hard copy to be mailed.

Australian Division Forum

News of interest to all members of the Australian Division, reports of Division Council meetings, etc. are published regularly on the Australian Division Forum page.

The Walter Atkinson Award

The Walter Atkinson Award was established in 1971 to commemorate the life, work and service of Walter Atkinson as a founding member to the Australian Branch (now the Australian Division) of RINA. The annual Award is made to the author of the best technical paper presented to the naval architecture community in Australia "  ...Read more about the Walter Atkinson Award

Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ)

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is approved by the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ) as an Assessment Entity, ie authorised to assess applications for registration as a Registered Professional Engineer Queesland. 

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Chartered Membership

Members in Australia may become Chartered Members by being elected as a Member (MRINA) and registering as CEng through the Institution or CPEng though Engineers Australia.  Further informationis given in the guidance notes Australian Division - Chartered Membership - Q&A.

Academic Courses

Naval architecture and maritime engineering related courses in Australia (pdf file)

Careers in Naval Architecture

Information on careers in Naval Architecture in Australia (pdf file).

Australian Division Technical Library

Papers held in the Australian Division Technical Library may be downloaded

Technical Presentations

Technical presentations recorded at Section meetings may be viewed on the Institution's YouTube Channel.

International Maritime Conference (IMC 2022) at Indo Pacific 2022

The Australian Division organises a biennial Conference in cooperation with The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and Engineers Australia to allow delegates to be involved in discussions concerning the latest developments in maritime engineering and technology, both in the defence and commercial shipping sectors. The Conference is held in conjunction with the Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition organised by Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited, the most recent of which was named Pacific 2019 and held in October 2019.

Indo Pacific 2022 and the associated IMC are scheduled to be held in Sydney on 10-12 May 2022.  Information on this IMC and Indo Pacific 2022 can be found at

Conference topics include:

  • Commercial Ship Technology
  • Naval Ship Technology
  • Submarine Technology
  • Commercial Ship Operations
  • Shipbuilding and Sustainment
  • Maritime Safety
  • Maritime Environment Protection
  • Offshore Resource Industry

Commencing at the Pacific 2019 IMC, the Bob Campbell Prize is awarded to the person delivering the best presentation of a written paper to the IMC.