Port development strategies

Under the Port Management Act 1995 (the PMA) all port authorities must prepare a port development strategy.

The latest port development strategies were prepared by relevant port managers before 31 December 2018 and will be updated at intervals of five years thereafter.

Links to publicly released port development strategies are listed below:

Port of Hastings 
Port of Geelong
Port of Melbourne
Port of Portland

Strategies were prepared in accordance with the ministerial guidelines and focus on trade projections, land and infrastructure requirements, and transport requirements.

Port of Melbourne 2050 Port Development Strategy

The Port of Melbourne contributes 19,600 jobs and $6 billion to the Victorian economy annually. 

The Port of Melbourne’s 2050 Ports Development Strategy outlines the major transformation underway to make sure we can move large volumes of freight as efficiently as possible and other projects and plans to improve capacity at the port and respond to the needs of a growing state

The Victorian Government has approved plans for the Port of Melbourne’s $125 million Port Rail Transformation Project that will get more freight onto rail, take trucks off local roads and cut costs for regional exporters 

The Victorian and Australian Governments are also investing in the $58 million port rail shuttle that will transform the way freight moves around Melbourne, reduce trucks in the city, remove congestion at the port and improve costs for exporters

A number of other transformational projects are underway to meet demand, improve efficiency and productivity at the Port of Melbourne.

Ministerial guidelines

The ministerial guidelines for port development strategies are issued under section 91M of the Port Management Act 1995.

Ministerial guidelines are intended to provide clarity for port authorities on the content expectations for strategies and provide suggestions on the methodology and format.