Background and Purpose of Plan

The document constitutes a Safety and Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) as required by Part 6A of the Port Management Act 1995 (PMA). The purpose of the SEMP is to provide a comprehensive, risk based approach to safety and environment management by port managers. The SEMP is intended to complement existing documentation by bringing a “whole of port” perspective to the management of safety and environment within the port.

This SEMP has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the PMA and the Ministerial Guidelines: Port Safety and Environment Management Plans (November 2012, referred to herein as the ‘Ministerial Guidelines’) and considers the range of activities carried out by the port managers, GeelongPort, Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) and GrainCorp, with a view to enabling the hazards and risks to be identified and controlled by the responsible parties. The SEMP will assist the port managers to respond to the significant hazards and risks in a coordinated, effective and practical way.

Formal interviews of principal port stakeholders will be conducted by an external consultant every five years, with the next interviews due in February 2021.

Certification & auditing of the SEMP has been streamlined into a single process and audited every three years by an approved Government auditor. The last audit report is dated March 2016 and the next audit is due by 31st March 2019. The auditor is required to forward copy of report to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources within 21 days of the audit.

SEMP Objectives (Whole of Port)

The PMA (Section 91CA) sets out the objectives of safety and environmental management planning that the SEMP should address, which are;

  • promoting improvements in safety and environmental outcomes at Victoria’s ports
  • promoting and facilitating the development, maintenance and implementation of systems that enable compliance with the various safety and environmental duties that apply to the operation of the port
  • promoting an integrated and systematic approach to risk management in relation to the operation of the port.

Port Management Structure

In the Port of Geelong, there are two private-sector companies that own and manage the land assets of the port. These are GeelongPort and GrainCorp. There is also a statutory corporation, the Victorian Regional Channel Authority (VRCA), which is the port manager for the port waters of Geelong. GeelongPort is responsible for the maintenance, review and revision of the SEMP, with input from the two other port managers, VRCA and GrainCorp.

Parks Victoria manages the waters outside the Victorian Regional Channels Authority’s defined “port waters” and has prepared a SEMP to cover this area. Accordingly, Parks Victoria’s activities are not covered by this SEMP.

Brief Description of Port

The Port of Geelong is the largest regional port in Victoria. It handles 25 percent of Victoria’s export including petroleum products, bulk grain and woodchips. Imported materials include crude oil, petroleum products, hazardous materials and fertiliser raw material. The port facilities include:

  • Refinery Pier
  • Lascelles Wharf
  • Corio Quay Wharves
  • GrainCorp piers
  • Point Henry Pier

Operations and activities at Cunningham Pier, which is privately owned and operated, are not included in the SEMP.