About Victoria's commercial ports

Victoria's commercial trading ports are engines for economic growth. They provide critical transfer points in Victoria’s transport network and connect Victoria to international markets.

Port infrastructure pricing and access review

The Victorian Government has asked the Department of Transport to commence a review into infrastructure charges, pricing and access to and from the Port of Melbourne.

Industry and primary producers have expressed concern regarding increases in stevedore infrastructure charges and access conditions at the port and associated flow-on costs to their businesses.

While Port tenants now determine their own pricing, the review provides an opportunity to look more broadly at supply chain charges and access.

The review is currently being progressed and is expected to conclude mid-2019. 

Port of Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne is Australia's largest maritime hub for containerised, automotive and general cargo.

It is a key economic asset for businesses and people across Victoria and south-eastern Australia.

The Port of Geelong

The Port of Geelong is Victoria's second biggest port, handling more than 10 million tonnes of product annually and dealing with around 600 vessel visits each year.

Its main commodities include crude oil, wood-chip, fertiliser and break-bulk cargo.

Port of Hastings

The Port of Hastings serves major international and domestic shipping movements that import and export oil, LPG, ULP and steel.

It also handles general cargo, project cargo, ship-to-ship transfer, pipe-laying operations and the lay-up and repair of oil rigs and floating platforms.

Port of Portland

The Port of Portland is a deepwater bulk port and the international gateway for the green triangle region, an area with abundant natural resources.

The port specialises in bulk commodities, particularly agricultural, forestry and mining products as well as aluminium and fertiliser.

Vessel management services

Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne manages commercial navigation of the channels in Melbourne port waters, waterside emergency and marine pollution response and the management of Station Pier as Victoria’s premier cruise shipping facility.

The Victorian Regional Channels Authority manages commercial navigation of the channels in port waters of the Port of Geelong and the Port of Hastings, and oversees channel management for the Port of Portland.