The Port

Port of Newcastle is Australia’s deepwater global gateway, the largest on the nation’s East Coast.

Port of Newcastle is more than a port. It exists to build Australia’s prosperity with responsible, integrated and innovative supply chain solutions.

With trade worth about $37 billion to the national economy each year, Port of Newcastle enables Australian businesses to successfully compete in international markets.

The port currently handles 4,697 ship movements and 166 million tonnes of cargo annually. With a deepwater shipping channel operating at 50% of its capacity, significant port land available and enviable access to national rail and road infrastructure, Port of Newcastle is positioned to further underpin the future prosperity of the Hunter, NSW and Australia.

As custodians of the region’s critical asset, Port of Newcastle is diversifying its trade as it strives to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible future.

Our Purpose

More than a Port. Australia’s deepwater global gateway.

Our Vision

Build Australia’s prosperity with responsible, integrated and innovative supply chain solutions.

What we do

Port of Newcastle functions include:

  • Trade and port development
  • Management of 792 hectares of port
  • Trade and port development
  • Wharf and berth services
  • Maintenance of major port assets
  • Vessel scheduling
  • Dredging and survey services
  • Cruise shipping
  • Legal, planning and environment
  • Finance
  • Community and stakeholder relations

Port of Newcastle works closely with the Port Authority of New South Wales, a state-owned corporation with responsibility for Sydney Harbour, Port Botany, Port Kembla and the ports of Newcastle, Yamba and Eden.

The Port Authority of NSW is responsible for:

  • Pilotage services and the Harbour Master
  • Promulgation of depths
  • Vessel Traffic Information Centre (VTIC)
  • Port Safety Operating Licence, including: incident reporting, emergency response (including oil or chemical spill response), permit notifications (e.g. re: dangerous goods, bunkering or hot works)
  • Coal framework arrangements
  • Inductions for access to Port Authority of NSW sites
  • Maritime security functions for Port Authority of NSW activities
  • Nobbys Headland


Our Values

Behind every ship movement, every tonne of cargo, are the people that keep the port operating. Our people are the engine room of our Port.

In 2020, led by PON’s Employee Engagement Forum, employees from across the business helped to define a new set of values that reflect our workplace culture and support our plans for the future.

Port of Newcastle’s values influence how we develop our strategy, how we measure performance, how we treat our colleagues and how we approach our work at PON. These are a guiding compass, a north star for everything we do at Port of Newcastle.

As custodians of our region’s critical asset, we are striving every day to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible Port for the future.

Our Values - Community


We are engaged with our communities and proud of the Port’s role in the region

Our Values - Wellbeing


We support and invest in our people and their wellbeing

Our Values - Integrity


We are genuine, open and respectful in everything we do


We challenge the status quo by questioning if there is a better or safer way



Since the first commercial shipment was recorded in 1799, Port of Newcastle has grown to become the largest Port on the East Coast of Australia by volume.

However, it was the Awabakal clan of Muloobinba (Newcastle) that were the very first inhabitants of the area, living around the harbour and foreshores where there was an abundance of fish and wildlife. Shellfish was harvested by the local clans for thousands of years and their discarded shells were piled into enormous middens which were later burned by Europeans to produce lime for building purposes.

From the early years of the nineteenth century, the estuary of the Hunter River has been transformed from a series of mudflats and shallow channels to a major deepwater trading port.

Encouraged initially by the area’s large coal deposits and the establishment of BHP’s iron and steelworks in 1911, the Government invested significant amounts of money in reshaping the harbour through dredging, which commenced in 1859. Rock blasting and reclamation work continued to form the extensive Port land of the Dyke at Carrington, Kooragang Island and Walsh Point.

The fortunes of the City of Newcastle and the Hunter region remain linked to its working harbour, which has provided trading opportunities, the creation of industries and employment and a place to establish a community.

Organisation Structure

Organisation Structure

Our Shareholders, The Infrastructure Fund (TIF) and China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPort), each own 50% and have a strong, global track record in managing large infrastructure assets.


The Infrastructure Fund
  • The Infrastructure Fund (“TIF”) is a 50% shareholder of our business. TIF is a ~$A2.3 billion[1] wholesale investment fund investing in Australian and overseas unlisted infrastructure assets. 
  • Gardior Pty Ltd (“Gardior”) is the trustee of TIF. Gardior’s role as trustee of the Fund includes considering investment and divestment decisions recommended by the Investment Manager. Gardior operates independently of the Investment Manager.
  • Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) is TIF’s investment manager. MAM is one of the world’s largest infrastructure manager[2].


[1] As at 30 June 2021

[2] Based on AUM. IPE Real Assets (July / August 2021)


China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPort)
  • CMP a 50% shareholder of our business. CMP was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1992.

  • CMP is a global leading port developer, investor and operator, with a comprehensive ports network at the hub locations along coastal China, as well as Asia, Africa, America, Europe, Mediterranean Sea, as well as Oceania.

  • CMP’s strategic vision is “to be a world’s leading comprehensive port service provider”. Through implementation of domestic, overseas and innovation strategies, CMP strives to achieve world-class level on various fronts, including global container throughput, market share, comprehensive port development, operation and management capabilities, asset utilisation, labour productivity and brand name.

Facts and Figures

Facts & Figures

Port of Newcastle publishes a Monthly Trade Report which provides an overview of our monthly and year-to-date (YTD) commodity import and exports.


Port of Newcastle Live Stream​

Enjoy our working port 24/7

Port of Newcastle borders the picturesque city of Newcastle. With thousands of people enjoying the harbour everyday via activities on the land or recreational boating, the Port of Newcastle is the entrance to one of Australia’s largest cities outside a capital.

Like its residents, you can now enjoy the harbour through this live online portal.


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