Description of Conduct

On 12 July 2023, the ACCC received an application for authorisation made by Port of Townsville Ltd and Far North Queensland Ports Corporation (the Applicants).

The Applicants sought authorisation to enable them to engage in joint procurement processes and, where agreed, joint negotiation and granting of exclusive licences for the provision of harbour towage services for the ports of Cairns, Mourilyan, Lucinda and Townsville. The Applicants also proposed to require third party users of the Ports to acquire towage services from the exclusive licensee(s).

On 22 November 2023, the application for authorisation was withdrawn.


  • Far North Queensland Ports Corporation

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000646-1