Channels House - Level 2, 235 Ryrie St Geelong, Vic 3220
Phone: +61 3 5225 3500



The Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) began operations on 1 April 2004. The VRCA was established to manage the commercial navigation of the channels in Geelong port waters and to oversee the Channel Management for the Port of Portland and Hastings. The Authority was established by the Victorian Government under the Port Management Act 1995 and the Transport Integration Act 2010.

In managing the Geelong channels, the VRCA's key responsibilities include:

  • Management of shipping control
  • Provision of navigation aids
  • Channel management
  • Marine environment protection
  • Safety and security

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Tidal information is very important for deeply loaded ships accessing the port. The depth of water under the ship's keel is dependent on the height of tide. VRCA has installed new, state-of-the-art tide gauges at both ends of the channel to ensure that accurate information is available in real-time for all ships. In addition, the tide gauge installations include anemometers to measure wind direction and force.

Tide and wind information is displayed on screens in the VRCA main office and the Geelong Port Marine Control.

Both AIS and Tide Gauges are an element of the VRCA's policy to minimise the risks associated with shipping in the Geelong channels.