Ports Australia is the peak body representing the interests of port and marine authorities in Australia.  It has been in existence in one form or another since 1916 when the first interstate harbour conference was held in Melbourne.

Ports Australia changed its name from The Association of Australian Port & Marine Authorities Inc (AAPMA) in October 2007. In February 2009 Ports Australia changed its corporate structure and became a public company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001.

The mission statement, objectives and set of priority areas which guide the work program of Ports Australia are regularly reviewed to ensure that the organisation best meets the needs of all members.

Ports Australia’s mission is to provide leadership and support in areas of common interest related to ports, and to promote achievement of their trade facilitation objectives.

Ports Australia's objectives are:

  • to represent and promote the common interests and views of Australia’s port and marine authorities at a national and international level;
  • to provide advice to, and seek to influence, governments in all matters that affect ports and marine regulations;
  • to promote public awareness, understanding and support for ports’ contribution to national, state and regional development and their key role in transport supply chains;
  • to provide a forum for
    • the development, and exchange of views on strategic issues central to the efficient development, and management of Australia’s ports and maritime facilities; and
    • sharing information and expertise to encourage the development of efficient practices and techniques for the general management of ports, as well as nationally consistent technical policies, practices and regulatory environments;
  • to act proactively in addressing emerging issues and to meet members’ needs in all areas that can impact on their business responsibilities; and
  • to pursue such other objectives as Ports Australia may from time to time determine.


Ports Australia has a Council comprising all full subscription paying members. This Council elects a Board which addresses key governance and strategic policy matters makes recommendations to Council. The Board elects the Chairman.

The current Chairman is Vincent Tremaine (Flinders) and the Deputy Chairs are Chris Leatt-Hayter (Fremantle) and Paul Weedon (TasPorts). The other Board members are Grant Gilfillan (Port Authority of NSW), Steve Lewis (NQBP), Terry O'Connor (Darwin), Jim Cooper (Portland), Roy Cummins (Brisbane), Roger Johnston (Pilbara Ports) and Chris Boland (Ports North). Ports Australia embraces the principle of broad representation of the interests of its members on the Board. The next election for office bearers will be held at the Annual General Meeting in 2016.

Ports Australia has a Secretariat of three, headed by the Chief Executive Officer, David Anderson, who was appointed in January 2007.


Most government owned ports, some privatised ports and most state marine regulatory authorities are members of Ports Australia, as is the Department of Defence through the Royal Australian Navy.

Value of Membership

Membership of Ports Australia gives access to all information on, and participation in, discussions on a wide range of policy and technical issues of common interest and the ability to influence agendas and contribute to ensuring that Members’ interests are protected. We strongly believe that a co-ordinated and considered approach to common issues in the areas that our Members represent leads to more efficient and acceptable outcomes rather than piecemeal approaches. Ports Australia is well recognised as an effective and responsible contributor to debates on national issues at the federal level in Australia, and also at the international level through our active participation in IAPH.