These facts and figures give an insight into the port’s operations and its role as a key economic asset. Arguably Australia’s most important maritime trade hub, Port of Melbourne supports the prosperity of thousands of businesses and the daily lives of people across Victoria and south-eastern Australia.

To learn more about maritime and industry terms often used to describe the port’s functions and facilities, please see the Glossary .

Our contribution to the economy

  • Economic benefits to the Victorian economy $6 billion  ($7.5 billion Australian-wide)
  • 9,200 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) direct jobs in Victoria (10,400 FTE indirect jobs)
  • 7,100 FTE direct and indirect jobs in Tasmania
  • Each vessel visiting Port of Melbourne brings an estimated average of $1,850,000 in benefits to the Victorian economy (including $500,000 in household income and 6 FTE jobs

Source: Port of Melbourne 2017-2018 Economic Impact Study by BDO Econsearch and GHD


  • Largest container port in Australasia
  • Over 3.23 million TEU handled annually
  • Over 8,850 containers (TEU) and 900 new motor vehicles per day on average
  • Total trade of over 107 million revenue tonnes
  • Total trade value around $118 billion


We handle all cargo types including dry bulk, liquid bulk and breakbulk:

  • a variety of non-containerised pack types including farm equipment and machinery
  • breakbulk commodities such as timber, paper, iron and steel
  • dry cargo including cement, sugar, grain and gypsum
  • bulk liquids from petrochemicals to crude oil and molasses


  • Over 30 commercial berths
  • International container terminals at Swanson Dock, Webb Dock East
  • World class automotive terminal at Webb Dock West, handling hundreds of motor vehicles each day

Shipping and navigation

  • Around 3000 ship visits annually
  • First port in Australia to operate as a VTS authority under Commonwealth accreditation
  • Professional hydrographic survey


  • Over 500 hectares of port land
  • 27 kilometres of waterfront
  • 14 metre shipping channel draught
  • Borders four municipal councils

Source: Port of Melbourne

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