Harbour Master's Directions & Port Information Guide
The Harbour Master's Directions for the port of Melbourne and Port Information Guide for the port waters of the port of Melbourne contain information and provide advice and guidance to ship's masters, shipping agents and owners to facilitate the safe and efficient operation of shipping within the port waters of the port of Melbourne.
Also on this page, Legislative Charts showing the port waters of the port of Melbourne and
a link to information for the port of Geelong.
Harbour Master's Directions
This document informs about:
- the role of the port authority
- the functions of the Harbour Master
- the regulations and practices that govern vessel operations
- Vessel Traffic Services operation
- anchorages, channels and berths, port services and tides
- procedures and requirements for aquatic event advices.
View or download the Harbour Master's Directions Edition 13, effective from 15 September 2022 (PDF, 1.8 Mb)
Edition 13 supersedes all previous versions. All details are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to variation.
View or download table of major changes in Edition 13 (PDF)
Port Information Guide
This document, which should be read in conjunction with Harbour Master's Directions, conforms to the format recommended by the International Harbour Masters' Association and provides general information and guidance for the masters of sea-going vessels, ships' agents and other interested parties on all aspects of port operations and the navigation of commercial vessels in port waters of the port of Melbourne.
The 5th Edition is effective from 2 March 2022 and supersedes all previous versions. All details are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to variation.
View or download the Port Information Guide 5th Edition from the links below:
Port waters of the port of Melbourne
As per The Order in Council made under section 5(2) of the
Port Management Act 1995 (Vic) on 18 October 2012 (Victoria Government Gazette G 42 18 October 2012, page 2359) the declared port waters of the port of Melbourne are defined in the following Legislative Charts:
LEGL./12-105 - Port waters of the port of Melbourne (PDF 2.8 Mb)
LEGL./12-106 - Port waters of the port of Melbourne (Port Melbourne) (PDF 3.5 Mb)
LEGL./12-107 - Port waters of the port of Melbourne (Port Phillip - South) (PDF 2.6 Mb)
Port of Geelong information
For information about the Port of Geelong, please visit
our other website.
For more information contact:
Marine & Navigation Services
Tel: +61 3 9644 9758