CMMA Australia is a member of IFSMA.
IFSMA is a Federation with a policy to ensure Safe Operational Practices, Preservation from Human Injury, Protection of the Marine Environment and Safety of Life and Property at Sea. Headquarters in London, IFSMAs Secretariat is located close to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). In 1975, IFSMA was granted Consultative Status as a non-governmental organisation at IMO which enables the Federation to represent the views and protect the interests of the serving Shipmasters unfettered and unfiltered by others.
IFSMA is conscious of the needs for Shipmasters in the future and has joined with the Nautical Institute, Trinity House and the Honourable Company of Master Mariners in organising periodic Command Seminars. These Seminars are arranged every two years and visit a number of maritime centres around the world to seek the views of both mariners and the industry on how Shipmasters should be prepared to meet the needs of the 21st century.