YASAT and GHAGHA-1 - two 45m crew transfer vessels for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) alongisde at Austal Philippines shipyard in Balamban, Cebu


At Austal, sustainability is all about supporting and developing our people, valuing, nurturing and protecting our environment - and growing our business in a sustainable way, ensuring greater opportunity and quality of life for future generations.


The safety of our people, globally, is at the forefront of everything we do. Our goal is Zero Harm and we work hard in an effort to achieve this every day, in all of our workplaces, at all of our sites around the world.

Austal strives for and continues to achieve record low Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates (LTIFR) and Medical Treatment Injury Frequency Rates (MTIFR) in our workplaces and we are recognised as a leader in safety throughout the global shipbuilding industry. For example, in Australia, Austal has achieved in excess of 600 day’s production Lost Time Injury (LTI) free.

Our ongoing focus on ‘safety first’ and a collaborative approach to workplace safety management sees new, employee driven initiatives to improve production methodologies, processes and procedures regularly introduced.

In the USA and The Philippines, significant growth in employee numbers and production has seen a systematic approach to safety and supportive behavioural programs introduced which has in turn created efficient, safe workplaces.

A Global Approach – Local Application

Austal’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) Policy focuses on safe people, safe practices and safe work environments - and promotes a workplace culture that emphasises and raises awareness of individual responsibility for safety and health. Austal’s safety culture is achieved because these components are recognised and applied by supportive, local leadership through effective local policies and procedures.

Leading the Industry

Austal employees around the world have won or have been nominated for various local ‘Safe Work Awards’ for their safe work practices, safety innovations and the implementation of initiatives to improve safety in the workplace. Both internal and external Awards are presented at all workplaces recognising local commitments to safety.

Austal Australia has been awarded a ‘WorkSafe Western Australia’ Silver Certificate of Achievement under the WorkSafe Plan Assessment, and has recently been awarded its 5th consecutive Gold IFAP award for Safety Management Systems,  following a rigorous, third party assessment process.

Austal USA has received two awards from the Ship Builders Council of America for Excellence and its Improvement in Safety Performance.


Austal is committed to leading the international ship building industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the local environment and wholeheartedly embraces the principle of sustainable development.

Austal recognises its responsibility to conduct business in a way that protects and improves the state of the environment for future generations. As a global company, we understand that the long-term well-being of society, the well-being of our employees, the strength of the global economy, and the continuing success of our own business depend on our commitment to a sustainable environment.

Austal has, for over 27 years, conducted business and implemented decisions with environmental sustainability as a guiding corporate principle.

We have reaffirmed our commitment to integrate environmentally friendly policies, processes and procedures into our workplaces by operating in a manner that promotes energy and materials conservation, as well as waste reduction and recycling.

Our sustainability program comprises:

  • A commitment to reduce the impact of our own activities.
  • A commitment to provide our clients with the expertise, advice, products, and solutions that help them with their own sustainability challenges
  • A commitment to provide our employees with an environmentally conscious, safe and productive workplace.

As a global shipbuilder with over 5,200 employees worldwide, Austal will continue to work to develop and implement environmentally responsible business practices throughout our operations and strive for the sustainable growth of both our own and our clients' businesses.