Victoria’s commercial ports are the conduit for around $26 billion worth of locally produced and manufactured exports and handle almost a quarter of Australia’s total food and fibre exports.

Victoria’s commercial ports are vital infrastructure providing essential services. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised the intrinsic role of ports in ensuring effective, secure, and robust supply chains.

The development of a new Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy (Strategy) is a key action outlined in the Full Government response to the Independent Review of the Victorian Ports System, actioning the industry desire for a State-wide vision for the sector.

The new Strategy will provide an overarching vision for the port system that clearly articulates the State’s economic and resilience priorities and how this intersects with port operations. In doing so, the Strategy will communicate the importance of the sector, investigate port planning settings and economic outlook, and identify next steps, as appropriate, to deliver on these targets.

As a first step, we want to hear from commercial port operators and industry to help shape the development of the new Victorian Commercial Ports Strategy for the next 30 years.

How to participate

Our survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback.

Next steps

We will commence our targeted stakeholder engagement program to shape the development of the Strategy.

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We only collect and record personal information that is provided directly to us that is necessary for us to perform our functions or activities.

The information you provide will be used to inform the scope and themes for the development of the Victorian Ports Strategy and will help us understand what stakeholder’s want to be engage on and how to engage with them.

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However, failing to provide the required fields in the survey may not allow us to perform our functions as we will be unable to identify you.

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