Our origins

North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) was formed as a result of the 2008 Queensland Government Review of the Queensland Port Network Structure.

The outcome of the review led to a regional Port Authority model with the aim to meet the long-term supply chain and trading needs of the state of Queensland.

The outcomes included the directive to divest of certain ports under the management of Ports Corporation of Queensland, with the remaining to merge with Mackay Ports Limited.

On 2 July 2009, the ports of Hay Point, Abbot Point, Weipa and Maryborough merged with Mackay to become part of the new port authority of NQBP. In March 2022, the non-trading Port of Maryborough was transferred to Gladstone Ports Corporation bringing benefits to the State through more efficient deployment of staff and coordination with Maritime Safety Queensland.

We’re a company under the Corporations Act and the Government Owned Corporations Act 1993 (GOC Act) and a port authority under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994.

Under the GOC Act, our activities are governed by:

  • a Statement of Corporate Intent, which is an agreement between the organisation’s Board and its shareholding Ministers
  • a five-year Corporate Plan.

As a GOC, NQBP operates according to commercial principles, raises its own revenue and make the dividend and tax equivalent payments to the Queensland Government.