Victoria Reviewing Ports and Shipping
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.