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The Queensland Ports Strategy (PDF icon 1.9 MB) is the Queensland Government's blueprint for managing and improving the efficiency and environmental management of the state's ports network over the next decade.

The Queensland Government’s vision is ‘to drive economic growth through the efficient use and development of Queensland’s long-established major port areas, while protecting and managing Queensland’s outstanding environmental assets.’

As a key action of Governing for Growth, the Queensland Ports Strategy sets the direction for how future port developments will occur in Queensland. Through major reform to port planning, governance, environmental management and supply chain connections, Queensland will lead the way with an efficient port network that supports economic growth and effectively manages environmental objectives.

The Queensland Ports Strategy draws on public feedback on the draft Great Barrier Reef Ports Strategy and the draft Queensland Ports Strategy.


The Queensland Ports Strategy outlines 18 actions for the planning, development and management of Queensland’s port network. The key actions include:

  • the establishment of five Priority Port Development Areas (PPDAs) at the long-established major ports of Abbot Point; Brisbane; Gladstone; Hay Point and Mackay; and Townsville
  • the prohibition of dredging within and adjoining the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, for the development of new, or the expansion of existing port facilities outside PPDAs, for the next ten years
  • introduction of a statutory guideline for port master planning
  • introduction of the new ports legislation to Parliament.

The government will also continue to investigate port governance arrangements and work to improve port and supply chain coordination and performance.


The Queensland Government invited public comment on the draft Queensland Ports Strategy from 17 October 2013 to 13 December 2013. 231 written submissions were received during the consultation period, and the draft strategy was downloaded almost 1000 times.

Submissions were received from a wide range of stakeholders including the ports industry, environmental groups, the resources industry, local government, the tourism industry and individuals.

The draft Queensland Ports Strategy summary of consultation responses (PDF icon 2.5 MB) provides further information on the consultation process and identifies major themes emerging from this process.

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