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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.

Ports Bill

The Ports Bill 2014 was introduced into State Parliament in 25 November 2014. The bill implements the policy intent of the Queensland Ports Strategy and provides the legislative framework for the establishment of Priority Port Development Areas (PPDAs) and the reform of port planning in Queensland.

The Queensland Government is committed to establishing PPDAs at the long-established, major ports of Abbot Point, Gladstone, Hay Point/Mackay, Townsville and Brisbane. Through the bill, the government will implement long-term planning at the first four of these proposed PPDAs, with Brisbane to follow.

The establishment of PPDAs and the introduction of a new port planning process will bring certainty to the ports industry and help ensure that the contribution of ports to the Queensland economy will continue to grow. At the same time the legislation will help ensure the continued protection of Queensland's environmental assets, including the Great Barrier Reef, by prohibiting 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, until the end of 2024.

Have your say - Draft PPDA Planning Guideline

The Draft Priority Port Development Area (PPDA) Planning Guideline (PDF icon 269 KB) has been developed to both Queensland and Commonwealth assessment and approval standards to assist in the PPDA planning process. The draft guidelines also build on Infrastructure Australia's National Ports Strategy and Ports Australia's Leading Practice: Port Master Planning Approaches and Future Opportunities.

The guideline provides a framework for PPDA planning that can be tailored to the individual circumstances of each PPDA. The guideline outlines the assessment and analysis required to establish an evidence base for comprehensive and rigorous PPDA master plans and PPDA development schemes, as well as the recommended content of these plans.

You can have your say on the guideline from 25 November 2014 to 30 January 2015. The Queensland Government will consider all submissions before finalising the guideline in early 2015.

Further information

Archived documents

If you would like to find out more information about the Queensland Ports Strategy:

  • phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
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