Environmental Management

Environmental management

As the custodian of the Port for the NSW government and the people of NSW, Port of Newcastle recognises its responsibilities in providing and promoting a sustainable environment for its employees, contractors, customers, port users, visitors and members of the public.

Port of Newcastle operates within an Environmental Management System based on the principles of ISO 14001:2015.

The Port 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 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.

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PON in October 2021 has lodged its application for renewal of its 10 Year Maintenance Sea Dumping Permit with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. The permit provides the legal framework for PON to maintenance dredge the harbour to permit safe shipping and navigation. If granted the new permit commences in March 2021 and runs for 10 years.

If you have questions in relation to this renewal application then please contact Jennifer.anderson@portofnewcastle.com.au or Brigid.kelly@portofnewcastle.com.au

Pollution Incident Response Management Plans (PIRMP) are 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:


If you have any questions, please contact Port of Newcastle's Environment Manager
Phone: +61 2 4908 8200 Email: brigid.kelly@portofnewcastle.com.au


Marine pests

Non-native marine pests can be introduced to Australian shores within ship ballast water and on ship and boat hulls (biofouling). Marine pests can detrimentally affect marine ecology, fisheries and tourism and so present both a biodiversity and economic risk to NSW.

Getting rid of introduced marine pests once they have established is extremely difficult, if not impossible.

To help manage the risks, Port of Newcastle is a member of the NSW Marine Pests Working Group with representatives from Biosecurity NSW (Department of Primary Industries), NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, Roads & Maritime Services, Port Authority NSW and the private port organisation of NSW Ports.

Ballast water

Australia has ballast water management requirements to prevent new marine pests arriving in Australia as a result of ballast water discharge.

All arriving international vessels are required to manage their ballast water in accordance with the Australian ballast water management requirements, which provide guidance on how vessel operators should manage ballast water when operating within Australian seas in order to comply with the Biosecurity Act 2015. 

The Department of Agriculture provides further information to assist operators comply with the requirements.

A comprehensive set of domestic ballast water management arrangements are being developed under the National System to complement the existing requirements for international vessels. Once implemented, all vessels whether on domestic or international voyages will be required to manage ballast water to prevent the introduction and spread of introduced marine pests.

These arrangements will be consistent with the International Maritime Organization’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, which Australia has signed subject to ratification.


Marine pests can be introduced into the environment via biofouling, which is the accumulation of marine organisms (plants or animals) that attach to objects immersed in salt water (such as vessel hulls, ropes, anchors and other equipment).

The risk of marine pests being spread via biofouling can be reduced by incorporating practices that minimise the build-up of biofouling into routine vessel maintenance programs. A ‘National Biofouling Management Guidelines for Commercial Vessels’ has been developed and provides an important reference for owners, operators, docking superintendents and maintenance contract managers, particularly in the following circumstances:

  • Managing biofouling when operating in Australian waters.
  • Preparing a vessel prior to arrival in Australia (or any other country) to ensure it is free of marine pests on entry.
  • Developing maintenance contracts that will meet best practice in biofouling management and ensure optimal performance.
  • Supervising maintenance contractors.

In water cleaning

The ‘Anti-Fouling and In-Water Cleaning Guidelines’ apply to vessels and moveable structures such as pontoons, aquaculture installations and navigational structures.

Owners and operators wishing to in-water clean in NSW are advised to contact the Aquatic Biosecurity Unit of the Department of Primary Industries. Approval from the relevant State authorities will be required prior to undertaking any in-water cleaning in NSW. For in-water cleaning in Commonwealth waters, please visit the Department of Agriculture. Owners and operators wishing to in-water clean in NSW are advised to contact the Aquatic Biosecurity Unit of the Department of Primary Industries
Phone: +61 2 4982 1232 Email: aquatic.pests@dpi.nsw.gov.au



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

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 Port of Newcastle to undertake additional site specific monitoring and reporting.


EPL13181 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.


If you have any questions, please contact the Environment Manager
Phone: +61 2 4908 8200 Email: brigid.kelly@portofnewcastle.com.au