Working Groups

We provide working groups for members to discuss local, regional, and national issues.

Port Operations

Port Operations (includes the Hydrographic/Marine Surveyors sub-groups).
Focuses on operations and navigation capabilities, management, regulation, safety, and ensuring the provisions of the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies are effectively facilitated.

Accounting, Finance and Governance

Focuses on financial, economic, taxation, legal, insurance, audit and risk, and other governance matters relevant to Ports.


Focuses on logistic management and performance issues at the port, any relevant supply chain matters, and relevant regulatory issues.

Information Technology

Focuses on information and communications technology developments in the ports sector, its application to port operations, and any policies that govern its application at ports.


Focuses on infrastructure management and maintenance, construction and redevelopments at ports and considers the effectiveness of any overarching policies (e.g. Standards Australia) for port practitioners.

Corporate Affairs and Communications

Focuses on communications that promote ports with consideration of effective strategies and mediums, key stakeholders, brand management, drivers, and data. Also considers internal corporate communication matters.

Industrial Relations and Human Resources

Focuses on human resources policies and practices concerning remuneration, management and negotiations of EAs/EBAs, awards (including the protection of Port Authorities Modern Award), performance management, and changes in the industrial relations environment.

Work Health and Safety

Focuses on the organisational management of health and safety of employees, contractors and visitors at ports, including incident reporting and relevant policy / legislative implications.

Environment, Planning & Sustainability

Focuses on planning of ports and access management to the ports, environmental matters of the port (e.g. dredging, climate change, regulatory implications) and the surrounding environment affecting the port and vice versa. The Sustainability contingent focuses on how our member ports are planning their role in the sustainable future of the Australian supply chain.

Port Security

Focuses on security management, operations and regulations at ports.


Focuses on the organisational management of legal matters affecting the business.

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