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Local ports regulations

The Port Management (Local Ports) Regulations 2015 were made by the Governor in Council on 23 June 2015 and commenced on 27 June 2015.  The regulations, made under the Port Management Act 1995, replaced the Port Management (Local Ports) Regulations 2004 which expired on 28 June 2015.

The objectives of the proposed regulations are to ensure the safe, efficient and effective management of Victoria's 14 local ports.

The regulations primarily streamline and modernise the existing regulations to clarify requirements and improve compliance by port users.  The regulations focus on:

  • minimising the risks to personal safety associated with activities undertaken in local ports as far as practicable
  • ensuring equal access for users wishing to undertake a range of different activities
  • minimising pollution and other environmental harms as far as practicable.

In April the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources sought feedback on the proposed regulations, as well as on specific issues highlighted in the RIS.

Statement of Reasons

The Statement of Reasons Local ports regulations - Statement of reasons (PDF 396.21 KB)PDF icon Local ports regulations - Statement of Reasons (DOCX 37.41 KB)DOCX iconis a response to public submissions received on the Regulatory Impact Statement and proposed regulations. The document explains why changes were made or not made following public comment. 

The regulations are made available for download on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.

Notice of decision

The Minister for Ports has recommended to the Governor in Council that the regulations formally be made. This is outlined in the Minister's Notice of Decision Local ports regulations - Notice of decision (PDF 92.47 KB)PDF icon Local ports regulations - Notice of decision (DOCX 15.43 KB)DOCX icon.


Page last reviewed on 20 July 2015

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