Vic­to­ria Re­view­ing Ports and Ship­ping

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Plans are un­der­way to de­velop a Vic­to­rian Ports Strat­egy, which will in­clude a re­view into Vic­to­rian coastal ship­ping.

The de­ci­sion to de­velop a new Vic­to­rian Ports Strat­egy was made last year as part of the Vic­to­rian Freight Plan, which also es­tab­lished Freight Vic­to­ria. Part of the re­mit is to take more trucks off lo­cal roads.

As part of the devel­op­ment of the port strat­egy, the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment also re­quested a re­view into Vic­to­rian coastal ship­ping to aug­ment the re­cent na­tional in­quiry.

Freight Vic­to­ria will en­gage with in­dus­try on both the strat­egy and the re­view into coastal ship­ping. This is ex­pected to in­clude con­sul­ta­tion with freight cus­tomers and op­er­a­tors; ship­ping busi­nesses; towage op­er­a­tors; eco­nomic devel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions; unions; lo­cal gov­ern­ment; ports and chan­nel au­thor­i­ties; and ports ser­vices providers.

The aim is to iden­tify bar­ri­ers and as­sess op­tions for pol­icy re­form, in­clud­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to strengthen Vic­to­ria’s coastal ship­ping in­dus­try. The ports strat­egy will also look at op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­or­di­na­tion with the Com­mon­wealth’s cur­rent re­view of freight and sup­ply chain pro­duc­tiv­ity. The coastal ship­ping re­view will also ex­am­ine the re­gional eco­nomic growth Vic­to­rian coastal ship­ping creates and iden­tify ways to max­imise the em­ploy­ment of Vic­to­rian seafaring labour.

This work is in ad­di­tion to the re­view un­der­way into in­fra­struc­ture pric­ing at, and ac­cess to and from, the Port of Mel­bourne.

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