About the Ports Handbook
The Western Australian Ports Handbook is an annual publication which provides reference material on the State's five statutory port authorities, which are government trading enterprises and governed under the Port Authorities Act 1999 (PAA).
Western Australia's PAA port authorities are:
- Fremantle Port Authority;
- Mid West Ports Authority;
- Kimberley Ports Authority;
- Pilbara Ports Authority; and
- Southern Ports Authority.
The Handbook provides comprehensive information and statistics about the ports managed by these authorities, in addition to broad information on Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (S and PA) ports.
Please note that the Ports Legislation Amendment Act 2014 was passed by Parliament during the 2013/14 financial year and paved the way for establishment of the four new regional port authorities, with Fremantle Port Authority remaining unchanged.
More information on the ports reform and the next phase of ports governance reform.
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Performance of Western Australia's ports
Since 2005, Western Australia's exports have increased from $43 billion to an estimated $127 billion in 2015/16. This extraordinary growth has resulted in Western Australia's contribution to the nation's exports rising from almost 30 per cent by value in 2004/05, to 38 per cent in 2015/16.
With just 11 per cent of the nation's population, Western Australia exports nearly the same amount in value as New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia combined. More than half of Australia's total trade tonnage is handled by WA ports.