The Pacific Maritime Training Services (PMTS) program provides all maritime, technical, seamanship, communications and management training courses to develop the skills and capabilities of crews who operate and maintain Guardian Class Patrol Boats (GPBs).
The Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence awarded TAFE Queensland the training contract for the PMTS program in March, 2021. The PMTS program supports an Australian Government initiative, which involves the build and delivery of 22 GPBs to 12 Pacific Island Countries and Timor-Leste.
Delivery of PMTS training courses will occur across TAFE Queensland’s Cairns campus and the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College. Utilising an experienced team of Student Support Officers, TAFE Queensland also provides pastoral care services for all trainees whilst undertaking PMTS training courses.
The PMTS program is an integral element of the Pacific Maritime Security Program and a key part of the Australian Defence Cooperation Program (DCP) activity aimed to bolster the maritime security of Pacific Island nations, helping to protect their maritime environment, resources and sovereignty.
The nations that are supported under this program include: