Alison Coates, Dept of Transport WA: Reforming Western Australia’s regional ports governance


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Alison Coates, Executive Director, Major Transport Projects, Department of Transport, Western Australia delivered this presentation at the 2013 Regional Ports Conference. The event showcased the latest port developments and assessed the policy, planning and operating strategies designed to maximise the efficiency of Australia's regional ports: gateways for facilitating trade, engagement and regional growth. Featuring local and national case studies, the two day event provided a spotlight on port developments across the country, highlighting the infrastructure, investment and long-term planning necessary to meet Australia’s current and potential competitiveness. For more information on the annual event, please visit the conference website:

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Alison Coates, Dept of Transport WA: Reforming Western Australia’s regional ports governance

  1. 1. WA's Regional Ports Governance Reform Alison Coates Executive Director, Major Transport Projects
  2. 2. WA's Regional Ports Governance Reform Presentation outline • Overview of WA ports • Strategies to improve efficiency of WA’s existing port infrastructure o WA Ports Amalgamation • Other WA transport initiatives o WA Regional Freight Transport Network Plan o PortLink
  3. 3. Overview of WA ports WA ports comprise: • Eight port authorities established under the Port Authorities Act 1999 • 13 commercial ports governed by the Department of Transport under the Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967
  4. 4. Overview Complexity • Port Authorities Act 1999 • Shipping & Pilotage Act 1997 • Marine & Harbours Act 1981 • Jetties Act 1926 • Marine Navigation Aids Act 1973 • Land Administration Act 1997 • Mining Act 1978 • State Agreements x 80(ish)
  5. 5. WA Ports Governance Review • Review commissioned by DoT in 2010. • Terms of Reference: o Examine roles & responsibilities between Government & port authorities o Examine governance & ownership over non-port authority ports o Make recommendations for structural & legislative changes o Provide guidance on port planning, funding & investment
  6. 6. Key recommendations • Undertake phased program of consolidation of WA port authorities. • Bring non-port authority ports under control of an appropriate regional port authority. • Where ports are amalgamated: o Ensure responsibility for day-to-day port operations remain at individual port level o Ensure continued input from local communities at each constituent port
  7. 7. Other key recommendations • Remove customer representation on port authority Boards • Ministerial discretion to increase Board size from maximum 5 to maximum 7 members • Review port funding & pricing • Reconfirm commercial focus of ports – Role of Ports. • Develop a State Port Policy & align port planning with broader land planning & National Port Strategy
  8. 8. Governance Steering Committee was appointed to guide and oversee the amalgamation. Supported by Working groups: o for each new proposed regional port authority (Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West and Southern); and o Technical Support, including Legal and Legislation Sub Group. Updates on the implementation are available on DoT’s webpage
  9. 9. Amalgamation Kimberley Ports Authority Pilbara Ports Authority Mid West Ports Authority Fremantle Port Authority to remain stand alone Southern Ports Authority
  10. 10. Ports amalgamation strategy • Activities have been defined in two phases: o o Phase 1 – create new regional port authorities by renaming some port authorities & merging others. Phase 2 – transfer non-port authority ports to new port authorities.
  11. 11. Phase 1 • ATO rulings at whole of reform level • ACCC clearance • Port Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 in Parliament • Chairs-elect identified • Transition arrangements between authorities clearly articulated • Assessment of synergies and potential economies of scale well advanced
  12. 12. Phase 2 objectives • Transfer non-port authority ports & port facilities • Assess transfer of State Agreement customers as required • Agree funding arrangements at transfer & into the future • Resolve issues of tenure
  13. 13. Benefits • Reduction in the number of boards and a focus on regional development • Improved port efficiency, optimised use of port infrastructure and enhanced corporate governance • Improved investment decision making for new or expanded infrastructure • Enhanced corporate governance and management (strategic, risk, HR, skills management, navigational and marine safety)
  14. 14. Benefits • Reduced expenditure through economies of scale and reduced duplicate of effort • Better able to encourage private sector investment & service provision • Strengthen the involvement of WA port authorities in the planning of future regional transport corridors and port facilities.
  15. 15. Role of Ports • Commercial focus o focus on commercial effectiveness – market driven, cost conscious, responsive and flexible in meeting the needs of port customers • Safety, security and environmental responsibilities o manage in a safe, secure and environmentally responsible manner o an environment of enhanced understanding and improved cooperation
  16. 16. Role of Ports • Facilitation of trade o in a commercial and efficient manner o pursue opportunities for private sector investment in port infrastructure and deliver port services o fair and equitable access to port services and facilities o plan and provide for existing and future trade growth o manage ports supply chain and relate to performance of the inland transport and logistics system
  17. 17. WA Regional Freight Transport Network Plan • A long-term plan providing strategic direction and priorities for WA road, rail and port infrastructure. • Looks at ways of managing WA’s freight task into the future.
  18. 18. WA Regional Freight Transport Network Plan • By 2030, trade through WA ports is expected to be over 1 billion tonnes per annum. • Initiatives such the WA ports amalgamation & PortLink will be key to managing WA’s future freight task.
  19. 19. PortLink project Partnership program: • $5million Royalties for Regions • $2million C’wealth Govt Nation Building 1 Objectives: • create a stronger, more robust freight network. • open up the GoldfieldsEsperance, Pilbara & MidWest
  20. 20. PortLink project A series of planning studies assessing feasibility of: • Intermodal Freight Terminal in Kalgoorlie • new road and rail alignments around Kalgoorlie-Boulder • the development of new road and railway corridors from resource rich areas to export ports.
  21. 21. Questions?
  22. 22. Further Information Department of Transport website: Contact Details: Alison Coates, Executive Director Major Transport Projects E: