Ports Australia Clarifies Misinformation
Ports Australia wishes to correct recent media reports that are stating that Australian ports have shut down due to a cybersecurity attack. We want to clarify this information is entirely inaccurate.
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More than 140 maritime and logistics experts will gather at the Port of Townsville this morning with Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, Townsville Port CEO, Ranee Crosby and Ports Australia Chief Executive Mike Gallacher for the opening of the Australian Ports Business and Operations Conference.
Ports Australia has released its three priority policies that the organisation believes will save Australians money, increase our international competitiveness, strengthen the economy, create jobs in regional areas and help reduce congestion in our cities. The policies also come with a warning of an impending maritime skills shortage.
Ports Australia has commenced working with Pacific ports to share knowledge, work on common sustainability issues and build a stronger voice on global regulatory matters that affect our region. The recent Pacific Maritime Transport Alliance conference, opened by the Samoan Prime Minister, was a positive step in building relations and sharing an understanding of common issues.
Ports Australia has shared a busy few weeks with industry and government ensuring Australia and its maritime industry don’t fall victim to a Coronavirus epidemic. We’ve been working with our members, other industry leaders, and government non-stop on how we best protect our borders and workers.
Ports Australia is maintaining constant dialogue with government and industry to ensure the necessary measures are in place to keep Australia’s people safe and its trade flowing. The recent announcements regarding self-isolation requirements are welcomed as they enhance the measures our ports have been adhering to in past months.
Ports Australia congratulates the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment on their decision to drop the proposed Onshore Biosecurity Levy, which has come after extensive consultation with industry.
Ports Australia has provided input to Federal Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into the implications of COVID-19 for Australia’s foreign affairs, defence and trade.
Ports Australia has joined the panels of two separate webinars in the past day, the IAPH Webinar on Sustainable Port Development and RMIT University’s ‘A Conversation on Policies, Strategies and Sustainability in Global Transport and Logistics’.
Ports Australia has joined the American Association of Port Authorities virtual Energy & Environment Seminar & Expo to share knowledge on sustainability planning and how the Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide (PSSDG) was created.
Ports Australia is urging the Federal Government’s Productivity Commission to consult industry early and extensively when forming their review into Australia’s supply chain stability.
Ports Australia has welcomed Anthony Donald, CEO of TasPorts as the newest Deputy Chair to the Board of Directors, while farewelling the outgoing Deputy, Chris Leatt-Hayter who retired from his role as CEO at Fremantle Ports in late 2020.
Ports Australia’s Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide has been shortlisted as a finalist among two other Australian ports for the 2021 International Association of Ports and Harbors Awards, which is now subject to a public vote.
Ports Australia is incredibly proud to be awarded a runner-up prize alongside three of its members in the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) Sustainability Awards.
The Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing a framework for cooperation in PNG’s maritime infrastructure sector.
Ports Australia is encouraged by consultation from Government after participating in Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee’s latest public hearing on the Critical Infrastructure Bill review, but more is needed for proper co-design of security requirements under the Bill which better align with industry.
Ports Australia supports the work of Transport for NSW developing their Freight Community System Strategic Business Case and urges the Federal Government to take the lead on exploring its potential.
Ports Australia is urging both the Western Australian Government and shipping charterers and lines to work together to avoid circumstances where the State Government is forced to punish or even turn away ships which have passed through ports in high COVID-19 risk nations.
Ports Australia and Australian Logistics Council are urging governments around Australia to prioritise land critical to the sustainable future of our supply chains as both provide submissions to the Greater Sydney Commission on the Industrial Lands Policy Review.
Ports Australia is calling on the Productivity Commission to conduct further investigations into supply chain vulnerabilities after releasing their Vulnerable Supply Chains Study Report.
Ports Australia is calling on governments around Australia to consider how they can contribute to increasing vaccination rates of international seafarers after Maritime Safety Queensland and QLD Health announced a trial program to begin in coming weeks.
With employees at DP World’s and Hutchison Ports’ Port Botany terminals and Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) in Melbourne testing positive to COVID-19 and other workers sent into quarantine, the need for greater government engagement with industry before lockdowns begin lifting is clearer than ever.
"We are in the dark on what living with COVID-19 will look like for the supply chain industry and we need government direction now before the small outbreaks occurring at port terminals become far more common and devastating for the Australian people and economy."
Ports Australia has launched its ‘Ports on the map of Indigenous Australia’, an online resource which locates ports on an Indigenous map of Australia and allows ports to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which they operate.