The Victorian Government is undertaking the most comprehensive review of the state’s ports in almost two decades.
The review will provide the industry and the public a chance to weigh in on major issues and help shape the future of Victoria’s ports and freight.
Stakeholders may have their say by responding to the review’s recently released Victorian Ports Review Discussion Paper.
Topics covered 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 has not 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.
Given these changes a broad analysis of the sector is needed, to understand if current policy and governing structures are still right for the current environment.
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.
The independent review is being led by Mark Curry, who has in-depth knowledge of governance and policy issues, including 15 years working in marine, ports and freight strategy.
The independent review began earlier in 2020 and is on track to be presented to the Victorian Government by the end of the year.
Victoria is currently the biggest exporter of agricultural and manufactured goods in Australia.
Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight, Melissa Horne, said, “We’ve commissioned this independent review because we know a thriving economy must be supported by an efficient and smart ports and freight system.
“This is the first holistic review into the Ports System since 2001 and since then the system has gone through significant change – so it’s critical we get it right.”
For more detail on the discussion paper and to take part, visit getinvolved.transport.vic.gov.au.