Environment & Planning

Port of Newcastle recognises its responsibility to manage the port in a way that minimises its impact on the local environment, and will develop an environmental management plan to outline port activities and ensure best practice environmental standards.

Port of Newcastle maintains both an Environmental Management Plan and an Environmental Management System (designed to ISO 14001) that outlines port activities and ensures commitment to a high level of environmental standards.

Port of Newcastle has commenced an environmental assessment of the port to build on known conditions of port lands and assist with future development of the Port.

Port of Newcastle will:

  • Comply with its responsibilities under the Environmental Protection Licences that it holds.
  • Undertake development in accordance with planning requirements.
  • Operate with all necessary state and federal government approvals.
  • Require port tenants and users to act in an environmentally responsible manner.

Click here to view Port of Newcastle's Environmental Policy.


Port of Newcastle is committed to adopting sustainable practices.  As an active member of the Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainability Advantage initiative, Port of Newcastle seeks to continually improve on these sustainable practices.

Sustainability Advantage


The Port of Newcastle is one of New South Wales' largest ports and is recognised as a State significant site due to its importance to the NSW economy.  This information is for prospective tenants and port users.        

Planning Framework


The principal planning instrument that applies to the land managed by the Port of Newcastle is the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013, known as the 'Ports SEPP'.

The application of the Ports SEPP to the Port of Newcastle commenced on 31 May 2014. The aim of the Ports SEPP is to allow the efficient development, redevelopment and protection of land at the Port of Newcastle for port purposes.


All land within the Newcastle Port Planning Area is zoned SP1 - Special Activities (SP1), with the exception of the Crown lease land at the entrance to the harbour. This area is unzoned land.


The SP1 Zone provides for the development of a broad range of port related, industrial, infrastructure and associated land uses. The purpose of the SP1 zone is to maximise use of the waterfront areas to accommodate port facilities and industrial, maritime industrial and bulk storage premises that benefit from being located close to port facilities. It is also to ensure the efficient movement and operation of commercial shipping, and to provide for the efficient handling and distribution of freight from port areas through the provision of transport infrastructure.


There are a range of approval pathways set out in the SEPP (Three Ports) 2013, known as Ports SEPP, for development within the Port of Newcastle, including Exempt Development, Complying Development and Development with Consent.


Port of Newcastle will work within the new planning framework to seek the best outcome for all stakeholders.


Fact Sheets


For more information please click on the following links:




The Port of Newcastle has a multi-faceted and extraordinarily rich history, which includes 217 years of commercial shipping.

Within the Port there are a number of individual and groups of heritage items that have been recognised in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013, including buildings, navigations structures, trees and relics. 

Section 170 of the Heritage Act 1977 requires government agencies to prepare a Heritage and Conservation Register. 

Port of Newcastle has prepared a Heritage and Conservation Register on behalf of the New South Wales Government, in compliance with its obligations under the 98 year Port Lease. 

The register has been endorsed by the State Heritage Register Committee of the Heritage Council of NSW and will assist Port of Newcastle in caring for heritage assets and their future conservation and development. 

Environmental Monitoring Results

Port of Newcastle has a number of obligations within its Environment Protection Licences (EPL) and planning approvals to undertake environmental monitoring. 

Where required this monitoring data is published to the Port of Newcastle website and can be found below:

Air Quality 

EPL 13181 Mayfield 4 Berth


Air quality is monitored by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and data is available here.

Given the comprehensive nature of the EPA air quality monitoring, in November 2016 the EPA issued a licence variation notice which negated the need for PON to undertake additional site specific monitoring and reporting. 

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EPL 13181 Mayfield 4 Berth


Under its Environmental Protection Licence with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), PON is required to publish a stormwater monitoring report in the month following a loose bulk cargo operation.

As these cargoes are handled infrequently, in November 2016 the EPA approved a licence variation that removed the requirement to undertake monitoring in months when no loose bulk cargo is handled. Therefore, from 2017 these reports will only be published for the month following a loose bulk cargo operations.




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Click here to read about Port of Newcastle's environmental monitoring responsibilities under the Mayfield Concept Plan Approval. 

Environmental Management Plans

Maintenance Dredge Permit Long Term Monitoring and Management Plan 2012 to 2022

For more information on Port of Newcastle's maintenance dredging activities click here 

Pollution Incident Response Management Plans (PIRMP) is a requirement of any site operating under an Environment Protection Licence.  The document sets out the procedure to be followed in the event of a pollution incident at a site. PIRMPs have been prepared by Port of Newcastle for the following sites:


As a condition of DA 293-08-00, Port of Newcastle is required to maintain an Operational Environmental Management Plan (OEMP) for Mayfield 4 Berth.

DA293-08-00 Mayfield 4 Berth Operational Environmental Management Plan