Welcome to the new Mid West Ports Authority

From 1 July 2014 “Geraldton Port Authority” will be renamed “Mid West Ports Authority”.

This name change occurs as one of a series of administrative changes introduced by amendments to the Port Authorities Act (1999) which were recommended under the State Government’s WA Ports Governance Review, which concluded in 2012.  This review was conducted to ensure that WA ports could continue to meet the increasing demand for port services resulting from a rapidly growing economy driven largely by the resources sector.

The change of name to the Mid West Ports Authority reflects the ultimate amalgamation of Geraldton Port with the proposed port of Oakajee and the non-port authority port facilities at Useless Loop and Cape Cuvier.

In addition to the port authority amalgamations the other key changes created by the amended Port Authorities Act (1999) include the following:

  • a board of directors will comprise not less than 5 but not more than 7 persons appointed by the Minister (previously a maximum of 5 directors);

  • removal of customer representation on port authority boards;

  • the requirement for port authorities to establish a community consultation committee to promote information sharing with the public;

  • a positive duty to comply with State budgetary requirements is established;

  • the right of port authorities to operate “on any day and at any time” is established; and the Minister may require payment of an interim dividend.

While the Geraldton Port Authority’s name is changing, our everyday operations, legal status, ABN, senior management, office address and contact details will remain the same.

Emails will change however with the inclusion of the domain midwestports.com.au instead of gpa.wa.gov.au.