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Agency VA 1426
Port of Melbourne Authority
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Date Range: 1978 - 1996
 
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Under the provisions of the Port of Melbourne Act 1978 (No.9178) the Melbourne Harbor Trust Commissioners (VA 2799) was reconstituted as the Port of Melbourne Authority from 8 November 1978. The reconstitution did not reflect a change in functions, but rather represented an attempt to follow modern practice with respect to the naming of organisations responsible for the operation of ports throughout the world.

Functions assumed from the Melbourne Harbor Trust Commissioners included:

Regulation of the trade of the port with respect to such matters as :
- landing or shipping of merchandise
- arrivals and departures of vessels
- wharfage rates

Management of port facilities such as wharves, piers, jetties, docks, ships, lights, buoys, beacons, moorings, tugs, workshops, water police, emergency services and land adjacent to the port's waterways.

Improvements to the Port including :
- widening and deepening the port's waterways
- construction and maintenance of wharfage accommodation, docks and other port facilities as mentioned above
- regular dredging operations
- control of noxious trades and deposits of refuse within the port boundary

Co-ordination of the above functions to ensure the efficient operation of all port activities.

In addition, the Port of Melbourne (World Trade Centre) Act 1978 (No.9221), which came into operation on 19 December 1978, vested the Port of Melbourne Authority with authority to construct, maintain and operate a World Trade Centre in the Port of Melbourne.

Development since 1978

A statutory body, the Port of Melbourne Authority was responsible to the Minister of Public Works (VRG 28) until 1 July 1983 when overall responsibility for maritime activities, including the functions of the Authority, was transferred to the Minister of Transport (VRG 49).

On 1 October 1986 the Ports and Harbours Division of the Ministry of Transport was integrated with Victoria's three port Authorities. Hence the Port of Melbourne Authority assumed responsibility for the administration and operation of all ports in eastern Victoria including : Port of Western Port, Port of Anderson's Inlet, Port of Corner Inlet and Port Albert, Port of Gippsland Lakes, Port of Snowy River, and Port of Mallacoota. In addition, responsibility was assumed for various port and marine related services, including:

- the maintenance and upgrading of navigational aids in all Victorian coastal waters
- oil pollution control in all Victorian coastal waters
- hydrographic surveying of Victorian ports and coastline
- beach renourishment, and the maintenance of recreational boating facilities provided by the Government, along Victoria's eastern coast.

Responsibility for port facilities and activities along Victoria's western coast are divided - between the Port of Portland Authority (VA 1427) and the Port of Geelong Authority (VA 1425).

In 1996, the Melbourne Port Corporation (VA 4837, MPC) assumed functional responsibilities from the Port of Melbourne Authority. The Melbourne Port Corporation (MPC) was established under the provisions of the Port Services Act 1995. It began operations on 1 March 1996. Portfolio responsibility rested with the Minister for Ports. However, on a range of matters affecting the Corporation, the Minister had joint responsibility with the Treasurer.

Location of Records

A substantial amount of records from this agency are in Public Record Office custody, see the list below.

For records of the predecessor to the Port of Melbourne Authority see also List of Holdings, 2nd edition 1985, section 3.21.16 (Melbourne Harbor Trust Commissioners).
 
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? 1877 - ? 1996 Publications (including Annual Reports) VPRS 16133 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1944 - 1996 Board Minutes VPRS 7982 North Melbourne Part Open
1877 - 1989 Outward Letter Books VPRS 7964 North Melbourne Open
1913 - ? 1996 Minute Books (Chairman's Copies) VPRS 7981 North Melbourne Open
1913 - 1981 Inward Correspondence Registration Cards VPRS 7973 North Melbourne Open
1913 - 1981 Inward Correspondence Name Index Cards VPRS 7974 North Melbourne Open
1913 - 1987 Internal Report Registers (Refer to VPRS 8637 Microfiche Copy for the period 1962 - 1987) VPRS 7975 North Melbourne Open
1913 - By 1982 General Subject Correspondence Files: Alphabetical VPRS 7972 North Melbourne Open
1944 - 1981 Outward Correspondence Name Index Cards VPRS 7965 North Melbourne Open
1960 - ? 1982 Outward Letter Books: Mallesons Letters VPRS 8196 North Melbourne Open
1966 - 1980 Register of Shipping, Control Centre VPRS 11247 North Melbourne Open
1979 - 1984 World Trade Centre Leasing Committee Minutes VPRS 11308 North Melbourne Open
1979 - 1996 Executive Committee Agenda and Minutes VPRS 11309 North Melbourne Open
1982 - ? 1986 Subject Card Index to General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 11234 North Melbourne Open
1982 - ? 1989 Name Card Index to General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 11253 North Melbourne Open
1982 - 1982 Register of Shipping VPRS 8005 North Melbourne Open
1982 - 1986 Card Register of General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 11233 North Melbourne Open
1982 - 1994 Photographic Negatives and Prints VPRS 11313 North Melbourne Open
1982 - 1996 Internal Audit Files VPRS 11226 North Melbourne Closed
1982 - 1996 Register of Sealed Contracts VPRS 11352 North Melbourne Open
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1978 - cont Port of melbourne - management and development VF 459
1986 - 1996 Port and marine related services VF 458
1986 - 1996 Ports, eastern victoria, administration of VF 460
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1978 - 1983 Public Works VRG 28
1983 - 1991 Transport VRG 49
1991 - 1992 Ports (1) VRG 103
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