Ports act as a crucial connection between land (rail and road) and sea transport, and act as a gateway for imports and exports to enter and leave the Country. In Western Australia, there are five Port Authorities responsible for nine ports. These are: Fremantle Port Authority (Fremantle and the Outer Harbour at Kwinana), Kimberley Ports Authority (Broome), Mid-West Ports Authority (Geraldton), Pilbara Ports Authority (Port Hedland, Dampier and Ashburton) and the Southern Ports Authority (Albany, Bunbury and Esperance). There are also a range of other ports operating in WA via private arrangement. In 2018/19 period there were 10,389 vessel visits to WA Port Authority Ports accounting for 986.1 million tonnes throughput for all WA Ports (made up of 751.1M tonnes for Port Authorities; and 234.9M tonnes for other WA Ports).
Stevedoring relates to the cargo handling of ships and involves the loading and unloading of bulk, general and containerised cargo; often requiring the operation of increasingly sophisticated machinery and systems. Stevedoring operations are generally carried out by private companies under contract to the ports they are servicing and the ships that enter them. There are three major stevedoring companies operating in the larger ports in WA, with many smaller operators providing the service in the smaller regional ports. Some regional ports also employ their own stevedores.
Ports and Stevedoring Industry Profile
The LDSC also provides strategic advice to industry, government and other key industry stakeholders on workforce development issues such as occupational priorities or shortages per industry area, training or upskilling requirements and other industry intelligence of factors influencing skilling needs within Western Australia. To access these, please click on the links below:
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Ports and Stevedoring Training Package
Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is the Skills Service Organisations (SSO) with responsibility for the Maritime Training Package. In addition, you can also follow the links on their website to find more information regarding their Maritime Industry Outlook and Maritime Industry Forecasts released annually or to find out how you can be involved in the Maritime Industry Reference Committee (IRC).
To ensure feedback from WA stakeholders has been included, the LDSC regularly provides advice and recommendations to the AIS on the development of the Training Package materials as well as the development of the Maritime Industry Outlook and Industry Forecasts. Please contact the LDSC if you would like to provide feedback or be involved in these consultations.
How Can I Begin a Career in Ports and Stevedoring?
Visit the Ports and Stevedoring Industry Profile section for more information on the careers and skills in demand within this sector. You can also download our Maritime, Ports and Stevedoring Careers Pathway Booklet which details Case Studies and career pathway information for how you can enter this industry.