National Ports Strategy approved

Australia's first ever national ports strategy gets green light from COAG

07 Aug 2012

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has welcomed the endorsement of the National Ports Strategy by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

NTC Chairman, Greg Martin said First Ministers have acknowledged the strategic and economic importance of ports planning and policy.

"As an island nation, ports are our gateway to the world. Well-planned and productive port freight corridors are vital to manage Australia's forecast growth in trade and remain competitive with overseas markets," said Mr Martin.

"Governments, the ports community and freight sector will work collaboratively to apply leading practice in the way ports are planned and their supply chains operate."

Key actions in the strategy include using trade forecasts to inform long-term integrated plans, reviews of regulatory processes, applying leading practice policies, improving performance, sharing learning and exploring new technologies.

Infrastructure Australia and the NTC developed the strategy after extensive industry and government engagement. NTC is now looking forward to working collaboratively with all its partners to facilitate and progress implementation of the strategy.

The final National Ports Strategy can be downloaded from the NTC website.