Port pricing

Port Rail Transformation Project proposed amendment to Reference Tariff Schedule

Key Points

  • The Port of Melbourne will shortly commence the Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP)
  • The PRTP is due for completion in 2023 but some benefits will take place immediately
  • The Port of Melbourne intends to amend the RTS to increase the Prescribed Service Tariff for ‘Full-inward’ Wharfage Fees from $110.77 to $120.52 (GST exclusive).
  • The increase will take effect after Government Gazettal of the $9.75 Pricing Order Amendment occurs, and no earlier than 1 April 2020.

The Port of Melbourne’s (PoM) $125 million Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP) will reduce truck movements, improve productivity and further enhance Australia’s premier port. The total package of works under the PRTP is due for completion in 2023, but immediate benefits will result from ownership and management arrangements to be introduced at the Appleton and Victoria Dock rail terminals. The PRTP will see more containers moved by rail more efficiently, by-passing roads in inner Melbourne, via expanded common user and on-dock rail terminal capacity and improved rail terminal operation arrangements.

Port of Melbourne operates under a regulatory framework overseen by the Essential Services Commission that outlines how tariffs are set to recover the cost of port facilities and assets required to provide Prescribed Services. Prescribed Services are defined under section 49 of the Port Management Act 1995 (Vic) and include channel services, berthing services, short-term storage and cargo marshalling facility services and other services that allow access to, or use of, places or infrastructure (including wharves, slipways, gangways, roads and rail infrastructure)

In setting its prices for Prescribed Services, Port of Melbourne is required to comply with requirements in the Pricing Order – a regulatory instrument made by the Governor in Council under section 49A of the Port Management Act. Under the Pricing Order, tariffs are subject to an annual increase of no more than CPI on the 1st of July each year. The 2019-20 Reference Tariff Schedule (RTS) outlines Port of Melbourne’s tariffs for Prescribed Services that apply from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 and can be accessed via following link https://www.portofmelbourne.com/facilities-development/port-pricing.

In order to fund the PRTP the Port of Melbourne intends that the Reference Tariff Schedule for the Financial Year commencing 1 July 2019 will be amended to increase the Prescribed Service Tariff for ‘Full – inward’ Wharfage Fees from $110.77 (GST-exclusive) to $120.52 (GST-exclusive) on and from the later of 1 April 2020 and the date of gazettal of the amendments to the Pricing Order.

Port of Melbourne has engaged with a wide group of stakeholders from industry, government and across the community and has held extensive consultations on the Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP). Port of Melbourne would like to thank customers and port users for their valuable comments during the PRTP consultation process.

More information on the PRTP can be found here

Proposed amendment to Reference Tariff Schedule

Current 2019-20 Reference Tariff Schedule

Cargo TypeGST ExclusiveGSTGST Inclusive
Containerised1 - $ per TEU2
Full - inward110.7711.08121.85
1Tautliners, Tassieliners and Straightliners up to and including 2.9m in height are charged as containerised. Cargo carrying units in excess of 2.9m in height are charged as non containerised cargo.2TEU = Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (6.1m).

Proposed 2019-20 Reference Tariff Schedule

Cargo TypeGST ExclusiveGSTGST Inclusive
Containerised1 - $ per TEU2
Full - inward120.5212.05132.57
1Tautliners, Tassieliners and Straightliners up to and including 2.9m in height are charged as containerised. Cargo carrying units in excess of 2.9m in height are charged as non containerised cargo.2TEU = Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (6.1m).

Reference Tariff Schedule

Reference Tariff Schedule 2019-20 effective 1 July 2019

Port of Melbourne's (PoM) 2019-20 Reference Tariff Schedule (RTS) outlines its tariffs for Prescribed Services that will apply from 1 July 2019.

Prescribed Services are defined under section 49 of the Port Management Act 1995 (Vic) and include channel services, berthing services, short-term storage and cargo marshalling facility services and other services that allow access or use of certain port infrastructure. Further information on this can be found at Regulatory Information – Prescribed Services.

PoM has determined its 2019-20 tariffs in accordance with the Pricing Order, which details the basis for how PoM sets these tariffs. Further information on this can be found on our Regulatory Information page.

Tariffs for full outbound container wharfage services will decrease by 2.5 per cent from their 2018-19 level, marking the fourth consecutive year of reductions to these tariffs. All other tariffs will increase by the Tariffs Adjustment Limit (TAL) of 1.3 per cent, being the annual change in the Consumer Price Index to March.

Other fees may be payable for services that are not Prescribed Services and these fees are set out in the Other Fee Schedule (Non-Prescribed Services).

Reference Tariff Schedule 2018-19 effective

This Reference Tariff Schedule (RTS) lists the Prescribed Services Tariffs which apply to the 2018-19 financial year commencing on 1 July 2018. The RTS details all of the Prescribed Services which are defined by the Pricing Order under section 49 of the Port Management Act (Vic) 1995.

Other fees may be payable for services that are not Prescribed Services and these fees are set out in the Other Fee Schedule (Non-Prescribed Services).

Standard terms and conditions for use of port facilities