Water management

A number of government departments and agencies share responsibility for our bays, rivers and ports.

We are the local port manager of Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell and are responsible for:

  • Making sure port operations are safe, efficient and effective
  • Managing port infrastructure (e.g. piers, jetties, navigational aids, moorings and berths)
  • Preparing and implementing Safety and Environment Management Plans


Any works within these local ports (e.g. marina, boat ramp or jetty construction or maintenance) must be authorised by Parks Victoria.


We manage the following waterways:

  • The designated ports of Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell
  • The Yarra, Maribyrnong and Patterson rivers
  • Lake Moodemere, Albert Park Lake and ex-HMAS Canberra Reserve


In these areas we are responsible for managing and controlling vessel activities and maintaining navigation aids and signs.


Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell Safety and Environment Management Plan (PDF)

Safety and Environment Management Plan (SEMP) Annual Report 2022-23 - Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell (PDF)

Download the Port Phillip Recreational Boating Guide (PDF)


Local Ports Update

Keep abreast of the latest news and information about the Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell local ports.

Share this newsletter with your members and stakeholders and help raise water and boating safety awareness.

Parks Victoria Local Ports Update – Edition 8 January 2024


Other agencies' responsibilities

Fisheries Victoria

  • Aquaculture, recreational and commercial fisheries management and licensing
  • Illegal fishing activity

Biosecurity Victoria

  • Aquatic pests and diseases

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)

  • Illegal clearing of foreshore vegetation
  • Harassment or cruelty to wildlife

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Reporting fish deaths
  • Litter from a car
  • Marine pollution incident
  • Pollution
  • Smoky vehicle or vessel

Water Police

  • Marine incidents or emergencies
  • Harassment or cruelty to wildlife
  • Assistance for vessel break downs

Vic Roads

  • Recreational boat operator licences
  • Recreational boat registrations


Boating Zone Review

Boating and swimming zones

Parks Victoria has established boating and swimming zones to improve safety across Port Phillip and Western Port.

Yachts moored at St Kilda Pier and the Breakwater.

Moorings and berths

Parks Victoria manages a variety of annual, destination and seasonal moorings and piers and jetties available for temporary berthing across Port Phillip and Western Port.

Car with boat on boat ramp

Notices to mariners

Notices to Mariners (NTMs) are an official notification issued to mariners providing advice on aids to navigation (AtoNs), safety issues, dangers or hazards to navigation within chartered waters of which authorities have knowledge.

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