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Bays and waterways

A number of government departments and agencies share responsibility for our bays, rivers and ports.

We are the local port manager of Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell and responsible for:

  • Making sure port operations are safe, efficient and effective
  • Managing port infrastructure (e.g. piers, jetties, navigational aids, moorings and berths)
  • Preparing and implementing Safety and Environment Management Plans.
Safety and Environment Management Plans

 

Any works within these local ports (e.g. marina, boat or jetty construction) must be authorised by Parks Victoria.

How to apply for a works authority.

We are the waterway manager of:

  • the designated ports of Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell
  • the Yarra, Maribyrnong and Patterson rivers
  • Lake Moodemere, Albert Park Lake and ex-HMAS Canberra Reserve.

In these areas we are responsible for managing and controlling vessel activities and maintaining navigation aids and signs

Other agencies' responsibilities

Fisheries Victoria (DEPI)

  • Aquaculture, recreational and commercial fisheries management and licensing 
  • Illegal fishing activity

Biosecurity Victoria (DEPI)

  • Aquatic pests and diseases

Department of Environment and Primary Industries

  • Illegal clearing of foreshore vegetation 
  • Harassment or cruelty to wildlife

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Reporting fish deaths 
  • Litter from a car 
  • Marine pollution incident 
  • Pollution 
  • Smoky vehicle or vessel

Water Police

  • Marine incidents or emergencies 
  • Harassment or cruelty to wildlife 
  • Assistance for vessel break downs

Vic Roads

  • Recreational boat operator licences 
  • Recreational boat registrations
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