Queensland has an extensive network of 20 ports along its coastline, ranging from small community ports to world-class coal export terminals and a capital city multi-cargo port.
These ports are a major component of Queensland’s supply chain and economy, facilitating trade and the development of the regional, State and national economies. Queensland has both population centres and industries requiring imports, as well as natural resources which supply global markets — particularly in Asia.
The efficient operation of Queensland’s port network is essential to delivering continued economic growth, job creation and sustainable development for our community.
Industry proponents and Government agencies are continuing to work closely to ensure that ports are well positioned to capitalise on expansion opportunities.
Queensland’s ports network recorded a total throughput of 253.4 million tonnes in 2010-11. This throughput represents a 6.9 per cent increase compared to the result five years ago.
The ports are currently managed by four Government-Owned Corporations, and one private company for the Port of Brisbane.
Transport and Main Roads is a shareholding Department providing oversight of the Queensland’s four Government-Owned Port Corporations.
Maritime Safety Queensland
Maritime Safety Queensland is a government agency attached to the Department of Transport and Main Roads. It protects Queensland's waterways and the people who use them — providing safer, cleaner seas. Maritime Safety Queensland also controls some maritime services including pilotage services and vessel traffic services.