The Port of Melbourne made a rebalancing application to the Essential Services Commission to vary the port's prescribed service tariffs from 1 July 2021 on 23 December 2021. The port withdrew its application on 11 February 2021.

Our process

Since the port has withdrawn its application, we are no longer required to assess the application against a legal framework that is in line with the Pricing Order requirements.

The port has indicated it may submit a new application and has made a commitment to providing further opportunities to port users and other stakeholders on this.

Our engagement

The Port of Melbourne submitted its price proposal at the end of December and we consulted on the port’s application over four weeks from December 2020 until 1 February 2021.

We received seven submissions, three public and four confidential, during this period. The submissions commented on the proposed tariff structure, investment to accommodate large vessels, the port’s consultation and other areas raised in the Port’s proposal.

Collection notice

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

Our policy is to publish all submissions 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 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.