Role statement - Victorian Regional Channels Authority

The Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VCRA) 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.



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 Co-ordination (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



VRCA is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following maritime emergency (non SAR) mitigation activities:
●  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.)

Mitigation table


Response (including Relief)


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.