Frequently asked questions

What is the new Department of Transport?

On 1 July 2019, VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria (PTV) came together with the existing Department of Transport.

Together, they form a new, integrated Department of Transport. 

What changes for me on 1 July 2019?

You can keep visiting the PTV and VicRoads websites and reaching out on their social channels for now while we work on a digital one-stop shop for all transport users.

Over time, the information and services you need on driving a vehicle or travelling by public transport will be available in one place.

Why change?

There are 23 million trips made each day in Victoria and this is expected to increase to 38 million by 2050.

This landmark shift will ensure we’re better equipped to respond to the changing demands on our transport network.

The new Department of Transport creates a properly integrated transport department – in step with other global cities. 

This change is all about making it easier to move around and stay connected to jobs and each other, whichever way you travel. 

Importantly, this change will help us better manage disruptions to the transport network during the Victorian Government’s Big Build – a $70-billion investment in new transport infrastructure.

What are the benefits of the change?

The change means the Victorian Government will be able to:  

  • Respond much faster and give people the information they need to make the best travel choices, especially around major network disruptions 
  • Make better use of existing road and rail, shifting more journeys onto rail and prioritising public transport on roads
  • Respond much quicker to innovation and new transport technologies
  • Take a holistic view in planning for the future, to meet the demand for more than 23 million journeys a day and a tripling of freight by 2050
  • Partner with others to address a range of issues, from safety to reducing environmental impacts. 

What happens to the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority?

Central to the change is improved coordination and management of disruptions during the delivery of the Big Build and integrating new infrastructure to operate as part of the transport network. 

The Department’s structure will reflect the importance of working with the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA). 

What about Regional Roads Victoria?

Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) will form part of the Department of Transport and continue to operate as they do today.  

What happens to other transport-related agencies?

The following agencies will not be impacted by the changes on 1 July 2019: 

  • Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA) 
  • Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria 
  • V/Line 
  • VicTrack 
  • Victorian Fisheries Authority 
  • Transport Safety Victoria 
  • Office of the Chief Investigator, Transport Safety 
  • Victorian Regional Channels Authority 
  • Port of Hastings Development Authority 
  • Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) 
  • Gippsland Ports. 

What about staff?

The priority throughout the transition process is that the new, integrated Department of Transport is designed by transport employees.  

Transport employees and unions are being consulted and engaged as the structure for the new Department comes together.