Overview

The Essential Services Commission is looking at whether the Port of Melbourne has power in relation to the process of setting and reviewing its land rents between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2019. If the commission finds the Port of Melbourne has power and it has caused material detriment to the long term interests of Victorian consumers, the commission will recommend possible economic regulation to the Assistant Treasurer.

How this affects you

The Port of Melbourne is Australia’s largest container, automotive and general cargo port. It has 35 commercial berths, jetties and piers in nine separate port areas or precincts.

If the Port of Melbourne has used its power in setting and reviewing rents, this could lead to higher prices, reduced access to services and reduced efficiency for Victorian consumers. For example:

  • tenants may be paying rents that are above market rents (i.e. higher prices)
  • prospective tenants may have been prevented from accessing Port or Melbourne land (i.e. reduced access)
  • the efficiency of tenants’ operations may have been affected (i.e. reduced efficiency).

What we've done so far

In September 2019 the commission released its scope and process paper. This provided an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with the commission on how to fulfill its statutory objectives.

In response to our scope and process paper we received a number of submissions, both written and in person at meetings and drop-in sessions. We present these views in our interim report.

What we're doing now

The commission invites feedback and submissions in response to its interim report. The commission will hold an online public forum on Tuesday, 31 March 2020, for stakeholders to share their views. All are welcome to attend. Details on how to join will be published shortly. Alternatively, please email transport@esc.vic.gov.au to be notified of instructions on how to join the online public forum.

What we will do next

Submissions and stakeholder views will inform our final report which will be released in June 2020.

Key facts from the interim report

  • The commission's interim view is the Port of Melbourne has power as it faces minimal constraints setting and reviewing rents.
  • The interim report sets out stakeholder views from the Port of Melbourne, tenants, and industry groups. The commission is in the process of verifying what stakeholders have told us through a careful review of primary documents. The findings will be presented in the final report.
  • The interim report sets out possible options for economic regulation, if the Port of Melbourne is found to have used power in a way that causes material detriment to Victorian consumers.

Have your say

The commission invites stakeholder feedback and submissions on the following:

  • the preliminary view that the Port of Melbourne has power in the setting and reviewing of rents
  • the views of the Port of Melbourne and stakeholders presented in our paper
  • the regulatory options the commission could recommend if the Port of Melbourne is found to have misused power in a way that causes material detriment.

Submissions have now closed.

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The Essential Services Commission is an independent regulator that promotes the long term interests of Victorian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services. We regulate Victoria’s energy, water and transport sectors, and administer the local government Fair Go Rates system.

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Refer to the collection notice on this page

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Collection notice

As part of making a submission, we need you to provide personal information, such as your name, email address, town of residence and postcode. We will use this information to send you updates about this review.

It is our policy to publish all submissions to reviews on the Essential Services Commission website. This process may involve publishing your personal information (your name, not your address). You can request anonymity by selecting the relevant tickbox.

We may also collect personal information when you email us with a query. Aside from any exceptions in relevant privacy legislation, we will not use or disclose the information you provide for any purpose other than to progress and respond to your query.

You have the right to access personal information we hold about you. We may ask you to pay a small fee for this. You can also request that we correct your personal information in our records at no charge.

Requesting anonymity

You can request anonymity by selecting the relevant tickbox on this page. Depending on the circumstances, requesting anonymity may affect the weight we can give to your submission. Information that influences our decisions generally needs to be disclosed so stakeholders can understand the reasons for our findings.

Read more information about our submissions policy.

About us

The Essential Services Commission is an independent regulator that promotes the long term interests of Victorian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services. We regulate Victoria’s energy, water and transport sectors, and administer the local government Fair Go Rates system.