Ports Governance Review

The State Government announced that 7 of the State's 8 port authorities would be consolidated into 4 regional port authorities and 12 smaller ports currently controlled by Transport would come under the jurisdiction of the new regional port authorities.

  Background

The Government commissioned a review of Western Australian ports governance in 2010.

The review:

  • Made recommendations on the respective roles and responsibilities of State Government agencies and port authorities;
  • Recommended structural and legislative changes to improve the effectiveness of ports; and
  • Provided guidance in relation to current process for port planning and investment.

The recommendations of this review are reflected in the State's vision for ports and revision of the role of ports in Western Australia to reflect current priorities, roles and responsibilities for port authorities, stakeholders and customers.

MAC_P_AVisionFWesternAustraliasPortsReport.pdf icon Ports Governance Review: A Vision for Western Australia's ports Kb
MAR_P_Role_of_Ports_in_WA.pdf icon Ports Governance Review: The role of ports in Western Australia Kb

One key recommendation of the review was to consolidate the State's (then) seven regional port authorities into four regional port authorities, with Fremantle remaining as a stand-alone port authority. This was achieved in 2014 following the passage of the Ports Legislation Amendment Act 2014.

Another key recommendation of the review was to transfer trading ports regulated under the Shipping & Pilotage Act 1967 to the Port Authorities Act 1999. This will transfer the oversight of affected ports from the Department of Transport to regional port authorities.

As a result, all trading ports in WA will operate under the same legislation for the first time in more than 100 years.

This second tranche of port governance reform will be facilitated by the Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, which is expected to be tabled soon in Parliament.

  Tranche 2 Legislation

The Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 is designed to enable the progressive implementation of Tranche 2 port governance reforms which, once fully implemented, will result in:

  • The Kimberley Ports Authority overseeing the ports of Broome, Derby, Wyndham and Yampi Sound;
  • The Pilbara Ports Authority overseeing the ports of Dampier, Port Hedland, Anketell, Cape Preston, Ashburton, Port Walcott, Varanus Island, Barrow Island and Onslow; and
  • The Mid West Ports Authority overseeing the ports of Geraldton, Cape Cuvier and Useless Loop.

The legislation will enable progressive port transfers. It will not result in the automatic transfer of any port. Rather, proclamations of relevant sections of the Act, together with transitional orders, will need to be made before individual port transfers. Port operators will be consulted during the implementation process (see Implementation below).

The changes will result in a better overall structure for the oversight and governance of WA's ports and provide a sharper focus on the way ports operate, in order to manage risks associated with the operation of ports, commercial shipping and other vessel movements.

Once implemented, all trading ports in Western Australia will operate under the same legislation for first time in over 100 years.

MAR_P_Tranche2_Fact_Sheet.pdf icon Port Governance Reform: Tranche 2 (Fact Sheet) Kb

  Implementation

The second tranche of port governance reform can only proceed if the enabling legislation is passed by Parliament.

The Department of Transport, Department of State Development and regional port authorities have already been in contact with affected port operators regarding the planned transition.

This engagement will continue if and when the legislation is passed. Affected port operators will be consulted on implementation details, including the transitional orders and transfer timing for each port.

  Project Governance

Implementation of the Ports Governance Review is overseen by a Steering Committee, which is supported by a number of working groups.

The Steering Committee comprises senior representatives from the following organisations:

  • Department of Transport (Chair).
  • Mid West Ports Authority.
  • Pilbara Ports Authority.
  • Kimberley Ports Authority.
  • Department of State Development.
  • Department of Treasury.

Matters considered by the Steering Committee are summarised in a Communiqué issued after each meeting.

A list of communications appear below:

MAR_P_Communique_30_October_2015.pdf icon Communiqué: 30 October 2015 Kb
MAR_P_Communique_16_June_2015b.pdf icon Communiqué: 16 June 2015 Kb
MAR_P_Communique_14_April_2015.pdf icon Communiqué: 14 April 2015 Kb
MAR_P_Communique_17_February_2015.pdf icon Communiqué: 17 February 2015 Kb
MAR_P_Communique_14_aug_2014.pdf icon Communiqué: 14 August 2014 Kb
MAR_P_Tranche2_Fact_Sheet.pdf icon Port Governance Reform: Tranche 2 (Fact Sheet) Kb

  Tranche 1 historical information

Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

Visit the website for:

  • Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2013
  • Explanatory notes for the Ports Legislation Amendment Bill2014
  • Second Reading Speech Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2014
Opens in a new window Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

Media statements

Shown in date order:

External Link 02/02/2012: Government announces improvements to ports
Opens in a new window 23/10/2013: Ports' reform for WA to capitalise on growth
Opens in a new window 04/11/2013: Chairs-elect oversee reform of WA ports
Opens in a new window 02/05/2014: Review ensures ports on track for transition
Opens in a new window 18/06/2014: Review puts ports on track for merger transition
Opens in a new window 02/09/2014: Strategic leadership for southern ports' future

Steering Committee Communiques

Shown in date order:

mar_PortsReviewCommuniqueMarch2012.pdf icon Communiqué: 15 March 2012 Kb
mar_PortsReviewCommuniqueMay2012.pdf icon Communiqué: 15 May 2012 Kb
MAR_P_Communique__23_August_2012.pdf icon Communiqué: 23 August 2012 Kb
MAR_P_Communique__22_November_2012.pdf icon Communiqué: 22 November 2012 Kb
MAR_P_Communique_14_February_2013.pdf icon Communiqué: 14 February 2013 Kb
MAR_P_Communique_15_May_2013.pdf icon Communiqué: 15 May 2013 Kb
MAR_P_Communique_19_Aug_2013.pdf icon Communiqué: 19 August 2013 Kb
MAR_P_Communique_31_Oct_2013.pdf icon Communiqué: 31 October 2013 Kb
MAR_P_Communique_4_mar_2014.pdf icon Communiqué: 4 March 2014 Kb
MAR_P_Communique_14_aug_2014.pdf icon Communiqué: 14 August 2014 Kb

  Tranche 1 Southern Ports Authority Post-Implementation Review

On Friday 25 August 2017, the Minister for Transport announced a post-implementation review of the Southern Ports Authority amalgamation.

The former Albany, Bunbury and Esperance port authorities were merged to form the Southern Ports Authority (SPA) in October 2014, as part of the first tranche of port governance reforms.

Nearly three years after the amalgamation, the review will examine to what extent the expected benefits of amalgamation have been achieved, whether original concerns about the merger have been justified, and if further changes are required for the future operation of the ports.

Stakeholder information sessions

The Stakeholder submission portal has closed and the Review Panel will be visiting each port to meet with interested stakeholders including employees, port users, and local community representatives such as port users, employees and local Members of Parliament, on the following dates:

  • Esperance: Monday 23 October 2017 (all day). 
  • Esperance: Tuesday 24 October 2017 (morning only).
  • Albany: Tuesday 24 October 2017 (afternoon only).
  • Albany: Wednesday 25 October 2017 (all day).
  • Bunbury: Friday 27 October 2017 (all day).

The Review Panel is also available in October and November to meet with interested stakeholders in Perth, or via teleconference.

Please contact ports@transport.wa.gov.au if you are interested in meeting with the Review Panel, or have any questions about the review.

FREIGHT_P_FAQ_WAPortsGovernanceReform_Post_ImplementationReview.pdf icon Southern Ports Authority Post-Implementation Review: FAQs Kb
FREIGHT_P_TOR_WA_Ports_Governance_Reform_PostImplementationReview.pdf icon Southern Ports Authority Post-Implementation Review: Terms of reference Kb
External Link Media statement 25/08/2017: Amalgamation of former Albany, Bunbury and Esperance ports to be reviewed

  Ports related links

 

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