Providing independent advice

One of Infrastructure Victoria’s core roles is to provide written advice to government on specific infrastructure matters when requested. The advice that may be sought from Infrastructure Victoria is not limited to but can include:

  • assessment of any major infrastructure projects proposed by government or the private sector (market-led proposals)
  • intergovernmental submissions
  • government’s infrastructure plans.

Infrastructure Victoria will report each year in its annual report what matters the government has requested advice on.


What are we providing advice on?

Second container port

Infrastructure Victoria will provide advice to the Victorian Government on the future capacity of Victoria’s commercial ports.

The request for advice was made to Infrastructure Victoria by the Special Minister of State in May 2016 under section 44 of the Infrastructure Victoria Act. The final report will be presented to the Government within 12 months from the request date.


Scope of advice

The Terms of Reference provided by government provides the scope of the advice, and outlines the following issues that should be addressed:

1. Scenarios for the long term demand for, and capacity of, existing Victorian commercial ports, including:

a)  when the need for a second major container port is likely to arise and what variables may alter this timeline

b)  capacity for containers, bulk and other non-containerised cargo;

c)  the capability of Victorian channels and existing port infrastructure to handle different scenarios of future changes to the international shipping fleet, cargo handling technologies and changes to the supply chain onshore; and

d)  potential increases in capacity resulting from investment and improved port management under the Port of Melbourne lease arrangement.

2. Where a second major container port would ideally be located and under what conditions, including the suitability of, and/or barriers to investing in, sites at the Port of Hastings, and the Bay West location, including:

a)  the indicative costs, risks and benefits of above options, including impacts on metropolitan, regional and interstate (including Tasmanian) supply chains;

b)  any necessary measures to preserve the long term optionality at these sites including any appropriate relevant planning measure, environmental protections, or land and transport corridor reservations which may be required

c)  impacts and requirements that a second major container port would take place on surrounding and supporting infrastructure, and the impacts – including the costs to Victorian taxpayers – of any complementary infrastructure investments that may need to be considered; and

d)  the environmental, economic and social impacts of developing a second container port, as well as the environmental, economic and social impacts of the required complementary infrastructure, on existing local communities.

More information on the background, scope of advice and process is available in the Terms of Reference.

Second container port – terms of reference (PDF 1.29 MB)    

Second container port – terms of reference (accessible word doc 26KB)


What is the process for developing the advice?

Infrastructure Victoria will develop the port advice by undertaking technical investigations, gathering available evidence from the public and private sector and engaging with stakeholders and the community.


How can you get involved?

We have released a discussion paper along with our evidence base to seek feedback on information that is helping to inform our advice. Included in the evidence base is our consultation summary report and RPS workshop summary report which is an overview of the key themes we’ve heard so far.

Consultation on our evidence base will run for a month from Tuesday 7 March until 5pm Monday 3 April 2017. To get involved, you can:

  • make a submission
  • come to a community drop-in session in Melbourne, Hoppers Crossing and Hastings

Community drop-in sessions

Infrastructure Victoria is holding community drop-in sessions in Melbourne, Hoppers Crossing and Hastings to discuss the evidence base with local communities.

The project team will be available to provide information about the evidence base and answer questions.


To make a submission, see details of the sessions or register your interest for a particular session, visit our consultation website.