The Victorian Government has announced applications are now open for positions on the board of the Port of Melbourne Corporation.


State Minister for Ports, Dennis Napthine, said three positions are now available for the board. The announcements come as the $1.6 billion expansion to the port gathers pace.


"The Victorian Coalition Government is looking for three suitably qualified candidates who have the necessary skills and experience to contribute to an exciting period of growth and development at the Port of Melbourne," Dr Napthine said.


"The Port of Melbourne is a critical piece of Government-owned infrastructure that drives the Victorian economy and provides employment for tens of thousands of people across the state.


"The port is Australasia's busiest container and general cargo port and is continuing to grow with total trade increasing 9.1 per cent to 87 million revenue tonnes in 2011-12.


"We are looking for people with a mixture of experience and knowledge, including strategic planning, organisational governance and business and financial management, to guide the direction of the Port of Melbourne through this critical period," Dr Napthine said.


Dr Napthine said the three part-time appointments were for terms for up to three years with expressions of interest  to be received by 10 August 2012.