Port authorities in Western Australia
Port authorities are autonomous bodies established under the Port Authorities Act 1999 (WA). They operate as commercial enterprises to facilitate trade within their respective ports, and report directly to the Minister for Transport.
The Ports Legislation Amendment Act 2014 passed through Parliament and was given Royal Assent on 20 May 2014. This legislation amalgamated seven of the State's eight port authorities into four regional port authorities.
On 1 July 2014:
- Geraldton Port Authority was renamed the Mid-West Ports Authority.
- Broome Port Authority was renamed the Kimberley Ports Authority.
- Port Hedland and Dampier Port authorities were merged to establish the Pilbara Ports Authority.
On October 1 2014:
- The port authorities of Albany, Bunbury and Esperance were amalgamated under the newly established Southern Ports Authority.
The State Government decided that Fremantle Port Authority would remain a stand-alone port authority.
The second tranche of legislative reform is being planned to be progressively implemented from 1 July 2015, whereby the Department of Transport's (DoT's) responsibility for trading ports governed under the Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 will transfer to regional port authorities.
The combined governance reforms will strengthen and improve port planning, in particular, enabling port authorities to manage and plan for more than one port, and extend their strategic planning perspective beyond their port to involvement in regional port access corridor planning.
More information on this can be found on the Ports Governance Review page.
|Kimberley Ports Authority|
|Mid West Ports Authority|
|Pilbara Ports Authority|
|Southern Ports Authority|
|State Law Publisher: Port Authorities Act 1999 (WA)|
|State Law Publisher: Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (WA)|