ESCOSA content icon Ports pricing and access review 2022

  • Project Released: 3 Dec 2021
  • Project Closes: Oct 2022
  • Contact: Mark Caputo


The Commission is undertaking a review of the South Australian ports access and pricing regime as required by the Maritime Services (Access) Act 2000 (MS Act).

After careful consideration of stakeholder submissions and the National Competition Council’s recommendations in relation to the recent re-certification of the ports regime, the Commission intends to undertake a two-stage review.

Stage one

The first stage will review the access regime, under section 43 of the MS Act, with a view to making a recommendation to the Minister as to whether the regime should continue in operation for a further five-year period.

The first stage will also review, under section 6 of the MS Act, the ongoing need for and, if needed, form of a price determination to be made by the Commission under the Essential Services Commission Act 2002 (ESC Act). 
Stage one is to be finalised by October 2022.

Stage two

The second stage will involve a general review, under section 9 of the MS Act, with a view to determining whether or not regulation (or further regulation) is required.



Current status is Submissions

  • Initiate
  • Submissions
  • Draft
  • Submissions
  • Final


The Commission has received one submission, from Flinders Ports, to the draft report on stage one of the 2022 Ports pricing and access review.

Submission policy and disclaimer

The Commission accepts submissions from third parties in good faith. 

Any and all views, statements or opinions expressed by a third party in a submission are those of that third party and the Commission does not necessarily accept or endorse any of those views, statements or opinions.

The Commission may, in its discretion, decide to redact all or part of a submission if it:

  • contains information that cannot be published
  • breaches privacy legislation or other legislation
  • may result in the identification of an individual without their consent
  • contains inflammatory, offensive or inappropriate content
  • is defamatory or slanderous or may expose the Commission to legal action
  • is confidential or commercially sensitive
  • is outside the terms of reference of the review, project or regulatory decision that the submission relates to
    breaches any intellectual property rights
  • is in breach of any contractual obligations prohibiting disclosure or publication, and/or
  • is otherwise appropriate to redact.

The Commission accepts no liability for, nor makes any warranty in respect of, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material or content contained in a submission of a third party and is not liable to any person or organisation named in a submission where it:

  • withholds or fails to withhold a submission and/or personal information from publication
  • redacts parts of a submission in line with its submission policy requirements.

If you use or rely on any material or content contained in a third party submission, you do so solely at your own risk.

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