Intermodal / Productivity / National Ports Strategy

As a large island nation, our ports are Australia's gateway to the world. A nationally coordinated approach to the planning and development of port infrastructure is essential for Australia's future economic growth.

National Ports Strategy

Infrastructure Australia and the NTC developed Australia’s first National Ports Strategy after extensive industry and government engagement. The strategy was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in July 2012.

Australia's bulk commodity exports and metropolitan container imports are both expected to double in size every ten years with traffic through some ports projected to significantly exceed current capacity by 2031. Long-term planning will provide greater clarity of how future port capacity will match those trade forecasts.

Responsibility for the planning and operation of Australia's ports, which handle 25 per cent of all freight moved, currently cuts across all three levels of government. Better coordination of those activities will help to improve productivity and attract greater private sector investment.

The National Ports Strategy is an integral part in the development of Australia’s National Land Freight Strategy, which is being coordinated by Infrastructure Australia.


Last Updated: 15/11/2018