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 Freight Plan identified an action to "investigate options for the future role of Government in regulating pricing/charges, and access to and from the port." 

This action was developed in response to industry concerns regarding increasing infrastructure charges by stevedores at the Port of Melbourne and the associated flow-on cost to industry.

The Department has been asked to conduct this review will assess port pricing/charges at, and access issues into and out of, the Port of Melbourne.

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 will be conducted by an independent reviewer appointed by the Victorian Government who will prepare recommendations addressing the terms of reference. 

Freight Victoria has established a Review Advisory Board (RAB), made up of key government department and regulatory representatives, to oversee and support the review.

The independent reviewer will undertake a targeted consultation process, including formal submissions, with key industry stakeholders identified by the RAB. 

These will include container stevedores, container shipping lines, importers and exporters, truck and train operators, the port lessee and government stakeholders. 

The independent reviewer is to provide a draft report and a final report with recommendations by the end of 2019.

Please find below the terms of reference for the review.

Port pricing and access review terms of reference [PDF 79KB]
Port pricing and access review terms of reference [Word 115KB]

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.