Role statement - Victorian Regional Channels Authority

About the Victorian Regional Channels Authority

The Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) is responsible for managing the shipping channels in the Ports of Geelong and Hastings. The shipping channel at the Port of Portland is subject to a legally binding Channel Operating Agreement that assigns VRCA’s authority and responsibilities to the port owner, Port of Portland Pty Ltd.


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Communicate with port users through the Navigation Safety Committee about maritime risks and mitigation measures


Conduct a Navigational Risk Assessment to identify current and emerging risks and hazards


Deliver a clear port development strategy to assist waterway users and community stakeholders to plan safe and sustainable use of VRCA waters


Develop, establish and monitor safety and surveillance systems (Local Port Services and Vessel Traffic Services) to enhance navigation and marine safety


Exercise, evaluate and review the whole of port emergency response plan


Host Port City Coordination (Port and Regional stakeholders) meetings to better understand and identify local needs


Deliver marine notices and warnings to port users


Provide shipping information to commercial and recreational vessels


Provide aids to Navigation (Marine Safety Infrastructure) to enhance navigational safety


Participating agency for the maritime emergency (non-search and rescue) mitigation activity: legislation and enforcement (e.g. compulsory marine pilotage/exempt masters, Harbour master directions, safety duty (so far as is reasonably practicable) obligations of port manager, port operator, vessel operators, offshore facility operators etc.)

Table 8: Participating agencies for mitigation

Response (including Relief)

Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Identify and enact alternative shipping routes, when established ones are no longer safe to use


Identify and gather any actionable shipping information, such as damage sustained, current situation and possible risks, to provide to emergency services for response activities 

3.2, 11.1, 11.3


For recovery activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.

Assurance and Learning

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.