The Department of Transport (DoT) was established on 1 January 2019, bringing all our valuable experts together to design, plan, build and run transport so it works well today and in the future.
Our work supports three ministers, spans seven portfolios and operates across metropolitan and regional offices.
We are responsible for delivering the biggest infrastructure program Victoria has ever seen.
We are making communities safer by removing dangerous level crossings, upgrading major roads across Victoria, building the Metro Tunnel to unlock the bottleneck in the city loop, working to upgrade every regional rail line, building the West Gate Tunnel and developing the Airport Rail Link.
We also bring together agencies from ports to fisheries and the operators and regulators of public transport and roads to make sure we are getting more out of existing infrastructure.
Victoria is facing unprecedented growth and change and our job is to integrate the transport network so everyone’s journeys can be safer, simpler and quicker – whether they drive, catch trains, trams, buses, taxis or on-demand rideshare services, cycle or walk, or move freight.
We are putting people at the centre of everything we do.
By having one place for designing, building and running transport, we can give people a common picture of what’s going on, and more actively operate the network to improve everyone’s journeys.
The Department of Transport brings the Transport Integration Act to life.
It ensures that transport agencies work together towards a common goal of an integrated, sustainable transport system that contributes to an inclusive, prosperous and environmentally responsible state.
The establishment of Transport for Victoria in 2017 was an important reform to integrate operations and strategic thinking.
The Department continues the organisational maturity needed to successfully deliver an integrated transport system for Victorians and the Victorian Government’s transport agenda.
Victoria is growing and changing at a fast pace
Victoria’s population is growing fast, driving demand and powering the economy.
Victoria is facing a period of intense growth and change - with the state's population forecast to reach 10 million by 2050.
Growth is driving the government’s record $38-billion investment in strategic transport infrastructure to expand and modernise the network.
There is also a further $10 billion of upgrades and improvements across road, rail and port.
Major projects like Melbourne Metro, removing 50 dangerous and congested level crossings, the West Gate Tunnel and North East Link, as well as a $2.3 billion investment in 65 high-capacity metro trains will significantly boost network capacity, move more people and freight, improve passenger services and relieve congestion.
We are also working on new election commitments, including the removal of a further 25 level crossings, delivering the Western Rail Plan, undertaking additional regional road upgrades and delivering the Suburban Rail Loop.
An integrated approach to Victoria's transport system makes the best use of what we have now, plans for the future, and establishes a blueprint to take advantage of the opportunities.
As Victoria undergoes a generational shift in transport technologies, we'll be there to help manage the network and empower people in their transport choices.
Read about some of the ways we are planning for our transport future.
Planning to provide greater choice
An integrated approach to network challenges, like traffic congestion or inefficient public transport interchanges, can be met in ways that don't always involve large, disruptive and costly investments.
For example, encouraging mode shift or making it easier to change between modes by better coordinating timetables means we can make our existing roads and tracks perform better.
Similarly, increasing car or bike parking at train stations and supporting new technology can change how people choose to travel.
As we plan the next wave of improvements, we’re looking through a wider economic, social and sustainability lens to bring the broadest benefits to the most people and communities.
Modern trains, trams and buses to move more people more often
We’re transforming our public transport network with bigger and more modern train, tram and bus fleets to move more people and improve the passenger experience.
The single biggest train order in Victoria’s history is the 65 high capacity metro trains.
This $2.3 billion investment is being backed by a further $1.1 billion on high capacity signalling, or communication based train control, a high technology infrastructure revolution that will transform the operation of Melbourne’s rail network and support safer and more reliable service performance.
We’re delivering the Victorian Government’s Trains, Trams, Jobs 2015-2025 strategy, a 10-year plan to secure the future of Victoria’s critical train and tram building industry, support thousands of local jobs and to prepare the network for growth.
The strategy is backed by a record investment pipeline of new train and tram orders and the Victorian Government’s requirement for 50 per cent minimum local content in new rolling stock contracts, giving local manufacturers greater certainty to plan ahead.
From market reforms to new regulations, we’re redesigning services to make travel more flexible and frequent.
To deliver the best outcome for people and the highest return on investment for the Victorian community, transport modes need to complement not compete.
That's why we're focused on the whole network, rather than on just one transport mode.
For example, bus priority lanes can reduce road capacity for other vehicles.
However, an integrated solution that includes timetabling and traffic-light sequencing can produce a better outcome for all transport users.
We’re not only building new infrastructure, we’re also getting the best out of our existing networks by understanding how people and goods need to flow in a 24/7 world.