Work Undertaken

In pursuing its objectives Ports Australia effectively utilises the management and technical expertise of its Members, particularly through a number of Working Groups (see table below).  All these Groups have a wide representation from the Membership.  These Groups exchange information and discuss issues that need to be investigated by the company and its Members and, in many cases, small specialist ad hoc working groups are formed to develop a common view or approach to be taken on particular issues, to undertake special projects and to facilitate the adoption of best practice among the Members in these areas. 

Working Groups


Port Operations (includes the Hydrographic/Marine Surveyors sub-groups)

Focuses on operations / navigation capabilities, management, regulation, safety, and ensuring the provisions of the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies are effectively facilitated


Focuses on logistic management and performance issues at the port, any relevant supply chain matters, and relevant regulatory issues

Accounting, Finance & Governance

Focuses on financial, economic, taxation, legal, insurance, audit and risk, and other governance matters relevant to ports

Information Technology

Focuses on information and communications technology developments in the ports sector, its application to port operations, and any policies that govern its application at ports

Engineers’ Group

Focuses on infrastructure management and maintenance, construction and redevelopments at ports and considers the effectiveness of any overarching policies (e.g. Standards Australia) for port practitioners

Corporate Affairs and Communications

Focuses on communications that promote ports with consideration of effective strategies and mediums, key stakeholders, brand management, drivers, and data.  Also considers internal corporate communication matters

Industrial Relations / Human Resources

Focuses on human resources policies and practices concerning remuneration, management and negotiations of EAs/EBAs, awards (including the protection of Port Authorities Modern Award), performance management, and changes in the industrial relations environment

Work Health & Safety

Focuses on the organisational management of health and safety of employees, contractors and visitors at ports, including incident reporting and relevant policy / legislative implications

Environment & Planning

Focuses on planning of ports and access management to the ports, environmental matters of the port (e.g. dredging, climate change, regulatory implications) and the surrounding environment affecting the port and vice versa

Port Security

Focuses on security management, operations and regulations at ports


Ports Australia endeavours to be pro-active in its consideration of issues rather than reactive.  To this end we are actively involved in many forums and committees (both government & industry) which are considering initiatives/issues that affect ports. 

We work closely with other peak maritime bodies, industry associations and government agencies and look at all issues from a national viewpoint to support our objectives.  Ports Australia also works closely with AMSA on all relevant matters affecting Australia’s role in IMO.  In addition, we work closely with Working Groups of the International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH) and with the International Harbour Masters Association (IHMA), both of which are advisers on port issues to the IMO.  Our linkage to IMO (as well as our relationship with AMSA) allows us to influence the direction of international approaches to port and marine regulatory issues that may ultimately become policy issues in Australia.