We are conducting our first inquiry into the port’s compliance with the pricing order for the review period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2021.
Inquiry into Port of Melbourne compliance with the pricing order 2021
Inquiry starts10 June 2021
Public forum15 July 2021
Drop-in sessionsfrom 6 July to 5 August 2021
Consultation closes3 September 2021
Final report provided to Assistant Treasurerby 31 December 2021
We are required by the Port Management Act 1995 to conduct an inquiry into the port’s compliance with the 2016 pricing order every five years. Our first inquiry is for the review period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2021.
The Port of Melbourne services international and domestic shipping lines carrying containerised and general cargo to and from Melbourne through Port Phillip Bay.
The port charges users in line with the pricing order. It sets out the requirements for the port when setting prices for prescribed services, such as:
- how to calculate prices
- the extent prices can change between years
- when the port needs to apply to us for variations.
The pricing order provides the port a reasonable opportunity to recover efficient costs for providing services such as:
- channel use
- berth or area hire
- other ancillary services.
Scope of our inquiry
We are conducting an inquiry into:
- whether the Port of Melbourne has complied with the pricing order during the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2021
- if any non-compliance was, in our view, non-compliance in a significant and sustained manner.
We must conduct a formal inquiry every five years and complete it within six months of the end of a review period – in this case, by 31 December 2021. We will provide our final inquiry report to the Assistant Treasurer.
Further detail on our inquiry process and the legislative framework is available in our Statement of Regulatory Approach.
View the port's tariff compliance statements
We are seeking feedback until 3 September 2021
Our submission period will run until 3 September 2021 via Engage Victoria.
We held a virtual public forum on 15 July 2021 to inform interested parties of our inquiry process. The slides presented at this forum can be found in the resources tab.
We are holding one-on-one information sessions from 6 July to 5 August 2021. These sessions will allow you to ask us questions and provide us with any evidence of compliance or non-compliance. See further details and to sign up for a session via Eventbrite.
Submissions received after 3 September 2021 may be given less weight. Contact us if you would like to submit a confidential submission.
If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (03) 9032 1300 or 1300 664 969.