Technical Advisory Consultative Committee

At TasPorts, we're committed to facilitating proactive and authentic engagement with our stakeholders and the community.

That's why we've created a Technical Advisory Consultative Committee (TACC), to provide input on, and act as an interface between TasPorts and the community, regarding all future capital and large maintenance dredging programs undertaken at our ports.

The formation of the TACC is part of TasPorts' long-term dredge strategy, and our commitment to Ports Australia's Environmental Code of Practice for Dredging and Dredge Material Management.

What is the role of the TACC?

The TACC is an independent advisory committee. It has been established as a forum for engagement, consultation and collaboration between TasPorts, peak bodies and other relevant local stakeholders on the planning, environmental monitoring, and practice standards of all future TasPorts dredging programs.

The TACC will assess likely environmental or economic interests and impacts of dredging works, and track and monitor how reporting and regulatory requirements are carried out. The TACC will provide TasPorts with advice on these matters.

TACC Membership

TACC Members will be appointed to ensure that Port authorities and regulators make informed decisions.

As dredging programs are identified and planning is initiated, the TACC will identify relevant stakeholders locally at the specific port location, who will be invited to join the TACC as Port representatives. Port representatives will add critical local knowledge and will include representatives from local councils, surf lifesaving clubs, fishing organisations, local environmental groups and community groups. As necessary, various industry experts will provide input into TACC discussions.

    TACC memberships include an independent Chair and the following organisations:

    The TACC and dredging

    Dredging refers to the practice of removing or excavating materials from the seabed or the bottom of waterways, most commonly in shipping channels, ports, rivers and lakes.

    The process involves removing the material, such as sand, rock, clay or silt, transporting the dredged material, and safety unloading it at an approved disposal site. 

    There are two common reasons for dredging:

    • Maintenance dredging - performed to ensure that shipping channels, berths and harbours remain a certain depth to allow ships to pass through wihtout running aground.
    • Capital dredging - new work carried out to create new shipping channels or deepen existing berths to enable larger ships and vessels to utilise the waterway.

    There are two ways that dredging can be performed:

    • Marine-based dredging - performed from the water, usually using an excavator referred to as a backhoe dredge, which is mounted on a floating barge and manoeuvred by tug boats.
    • Land-based dredging - best suited for excavating small volumes of material that are close to the shore or harbour. This might be appropriate for maintenance or capital dredging works involving new or existing berths (where vessels dock to be loaded or unloaded), as the activities are adjacent to the land allowing use of land-based machinery such as large, long-reach excavators.

    It there is a lot of rock in the excavation zone, sometimes additional equipment, such as drum-cutters or underwater rock hammers, are used to break-up the rock so the excavator can remove it.

    Dredging is regulated and cannot be carried out unless the activities comply with relevant local, state and federal legislation. Various environmental and planning laws and policies apply to dredging to mitigate disturbance to marine habitat and organisms, and manage dredge material disposal activities.

    During the initial planning stage of any capital or maintenance dredging program, the TACC will be involved in preliminary assessments process to help determine what legislation and policies apply, and ensure all requirements are satisfied according to best practice standards.

    Chair's summary and reports

    TasPorts currently has two TACC groups operating; one for the Port of Devonport and one for the Port of Burnie.

    To gain more insight into the workings of the TACC for a port area, and the decisions being made, you can read the Chair's Summary after each meeting. We will also share any scientific reports commissioned in the interests of transparency and openness.

    You can find the Port of Devonport TACC Chair Summaries here.

    You can find the Port of Burnie TACC Chair Summaries below.

    Our Growth Initiatives

    You can find out more information about our growth initiatives projects here:

    Macquarie Wharf Redevelopment

    Devonport East Redevelopment | QuayLink

    Burnie Gateway

    How can I get involved?

    If you would like to get involved with the TACC, or learn about current TasPorts dredging program, please contact the TACC at