The NSW Government has begun a review of the Ports and Maritime Administration Act 1995 and the Port Botany Landside Improvement Strategy, tackling inefficiencies and aiming to support the industry.
Mr Ed Willett, from the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), will conduct the independent review, which will ensure the regulatory approach remains fit for purpose and considers the expected future ports and maritime environment.
NSW’s three trading ports have grown to contribute more than $6 billion to NSW’s economy each year, examining the regulatory framework that underpins the effective operation of the ports is important to ensure the state continues to be internationally competitive.
“This review will look at how we can improve efficiency and operations at our ports and I will make recommendations to the Government on any changes to the Act or PBLIS,” Mr Willett said.
As a first step to the review, a discussion paper will be released in coming months in advance of stakeholder engagement, which will commence in early 2022; acknowledging the lead up to Christmas and New Year is a peak period for the freight industry.
Recognising the matter of stevedore charges is a national economic issue, this has been referred for consideration by the Federal Government. As such, considerations of the regulation of stevedore charges will be out of scope for this review.
For more information on the review go to: yoursay.transport.nsw.gov.au/hub-page/pamareview