Ports Victoria operates under governing legislation and complies with many other supporting and general legislative Acts.

Governing legislation

Ports Victoria is a Victorian Government statutory authority embedded in legislation including the Transport Integration Act 2010 (Vic) (TIA), Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) (MSA) and Port Management Act 1995 (Vic) (PMA).

Starting operations on 1 July 2021, Ports Victoria was created from its two predecessor organisations through a Transport Restructuring Order. The Transport Legislation Amendment (Port Reforms and Other amendments) Act 2022 (Vic) amended the TIA to incorporate Ports Victoria’s functions on 1 July 2022.

The TIA reformed Ports Victoria’s charter to promote and facilitate trade, undertake operational activities and provide technical and consultancy services concerning the whole of the Victorian ports system.

Other amendments incorporated Ports Victoria’s role into the PMA and MSA.

Find the quoted legislation on the Victorian Legislation website.

Other legislation

Ports Victoria complies with the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic), the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic), the Gender Equality Act 2020 (Vic). See details below.

All the legislation named on this page is available on the Victorian Legislation website.

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic) establishes a framework to enable people to make disclosures about improper conduct within the public sector including public bodies such as Ports Victoria and provides protections for people who make such disclosures.

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) enables members of the public to obtain information held by Ports Victoria.

Part II of the Freedom of Information Act requires government agencies, such as Ports Victoria, to publish a number of statements designed to assist members of the public in accessing the information it holds.

The Gender Equality Act 2020 (Vic) aims to improve workplace gender equality in the Victorian public sector, universities and local councils. Under the Act, Ports Victoria is required to publish a Gender Equality Action plan, and publicly report on progress.

Ports Victoria plans for gender equity are contained in our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan (PDF).

We report on our progress to the Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner.