Port authorities in Western Australia
Western Australia's ports play a vital role in facilitating trade, so that the State can realise its economic potential.
WA port authorities are governed under the Port Authorities Act 1999 and operate as corporatised entities, each with a board of directors that reports to the Minister for Transport.
Port authorities are both landlords and strategic managers of the ports under their control. It is the port authorities' obligation to ensure efficient operational management of its ports, and develop port trade for the economic benefit of the State.
When performing their functions, port authorities are expected to operate in a manner that is commercially-focussed, transparent and accountable.
As a result of amalgamations in 2014, WA has five port authorities responsible for nine ports:
- Fremantle Port Authority (responsible for the Port of Fremantle, including the Outer Harbour in Kwinana).
- Kimberley Ports Authority (responsible for the Port of Broome).
- Mid West Ports Authority (responsible for the Port of Geraldton).
- Pilbara Ports Authority (responsible for the ports of Ashburton, Dampier and Port Hedland).
- Southern Ports Authority (responsible for the ports of Albany, Bunbury and Esperance).
More information on this can be found on the Ports Governance Review page.
An overview of the performance of WA's ports, and historical ports data, is available on the Ports Infographic page.
Port Authority Boards: Director's handbook
This handbook for new Directors to help them understand their obligations. Individual Port Authorities also provide Port specific induction material.
Port Authorities are Government Trading Enterprises established under the Port Authorities Act 1999. They operate as commercial enterprises to facilitate trade within their respective ports, and report directly to the Minister for Transport.
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An Expression of Interest (EOI) is open for suitably experience people for appointment to Western Australian Port Authority Boards.
Please use the EOI document below for more information and instructions on how to apply.
Applications close 5pm WST Friday 20 March 2020.
If you are interested in a board position on one of Western Australia's Port Authority Boards, please submit a:
- Cover letter outlining your suitability and stating your preferred Port Authority (if any); and
- Curriculum Vitae, including contact details for two referees to firstname.lastname@example.org
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