Monday 10th Aug, 2020

Feedback sought for future of Victorian ports

Port of Melbourne. Photo: Port of Melbourne Corporation
Photo: Port of Melbourne Corporation

The Victorian Government is seeking stakeholder feedback as part of a comprehensive review of the state’s ports and freight network.

The Victorian Ports Review Discussion Paper is the first time in almost 20 years that such a review has been conducted and aims to provide industry and the public with a chance to have their say on major issues by responding to the discussion paper.

Topics included in the discussion paper include port pricing and access arrangements, regulation of key port services, development of coastal shipping and industry governance.

The Victorian Ports System hasn’t been formally reviewed since 2001. Since then, the sector has undergone significant changes, including the introduction of a third stevedore in 2015 and leasing of the Port of Melbourne in 2016.

Ports in Victoria are currently managed through a mixture of private and public sector bodies. There are four major commercial ports – Hastings, Melbourne, Geelong and Portland – and 14 smaller local ports.

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The review began earlier this year and is expected to be presented to the government by the end of 2020.

Mark Curry, who has in-depth knowledge of governance and policy issues, has been selected to lead the review.

Ports and Freight Minister Melissa Horne said it is the first holistic review into the port system since 2001 and since then the system has gone through significant change.

“Victoria is the biggest exporter of agricultural and manufactured goods in Australia. We’ve commissioned this independent review because we know a thriving economy must be supported by an efficient and smart ports and freight system,” Horne said.