Transport Integration Act

The Transport Integration Act 2010 came into effect on 1 July 2010 and is Victoria’s principal transport statute.

The TIA establishes a framework for the provision of an integrated and sustainable transport system in Victoria. It does this through the vision statement, transport system objectives and decision making principles set out in the Act.

It also establishes a number of agencies including PTV, VicRoads, Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) and V/Line Corporation.

The Transport Integration Act (Head, Transport for Victoria and Other Governance Reforms) Act 2017 came into effect on 12 April 2017. This Act amended the TIA to provide for the office of the Head, Transport for Victoria.

The Head, Transport for Victoria advises Government on strategic directions for the transport system as a whole, through policy, planning, legislation and system design amongst other things.

Transport legislation

The creation of an integrated transport system is assisted by the integration of transport legislation.

Transport legislation as defined under the TIA includes:

  • Accident Towing Services Act 2007
  • Bus Safety Act 2009
  • Bus Services Act 2009
  • Business Franchise (Petroleum Products) Act 1979
  • Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Act 2017
  • EastLink Project Act 2004
  • Marine (Drug, Alcohol and Pollution Control) Act 1988
  • Marine Safety Act 2010
  • The Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law
  • The Marine (Domestic Commercial Vessel National Law Application) Act 2013
  • Melbourne City Link Act 1995
  • Port Management Act 1995
  • Rail Management Act 1996
  • The Rail Safety (Local Operations) Act 2006
  • The Rail Safety National Law Application Act 2013
  • The Rail Safety National Law (Victoria)
  • Road Management Act 2004
  • Road Safety Act 1986
  • Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983
  • Transport Integration Act 2010
  • Any other Act which is declared to be transport legislation by that other Act such as the Transport (Safety Schemes Compliance and Enforcement) Act 2014 and the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Act 2017
  • Any regulations or other subordinate instrument made under an Act which is transport legislation

Sector transport agencies

For the purposes of the TIA, sector transport agencies are:

  • Public Transport Victoria
  • VicRoads
  • Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria
  • V/Line Corporation
  • Linking Melbourne Authority
  • Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne)
  • The Victorian Regional Channels Authority
  • The Port of Hastings Development Authority

Transport bodies

Transport bodies are required to consider the transport system objectives and decision making principles when exercising powers, performing functions or making decisions under any transport legislation.

Under the TIA, transport bodies include:

  • The Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Roads and Minister for Ports
  • The Minister administering any other transport legislation in respect of the transport system
  • The Department
  • A Department or public entity engaged in the development of policy in respect of the transport system
  • The Secretary
  • The Head, Transport for Victoria
  • The Director, Transport Safety and the Chief Investigator, Transport Safety
  • The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and the National Rail Safety Regulator
  • All sector transport agencies
  • A waterway manager within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Marine Safety Act 2010
  • A coordinating road authority within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Road Management Act 2004
  • A committee, board, council or other body, established by the Minister under any transport legislation
  • The Essential Services Commission established under section 7 of the Essential Services Commission Act 2001 when it is exercising its functions and powers under transport legislation in respect of the transport system
  • A person or body declared to be a transport body by Act or transport legislation

Transport bodies can also be declared by Order in Council under the Transport Integration Act. These bodies currently include:

  • The Major Road Projects Authority

Applying the TIA

The TIA provides a framework with six transport system objectives (what we are aiming for) and eight decision-making principles (how we deliver this aim).

Decision makers must have regard to all these objectives and principles.

We have developed a framework to help people understand three related objectives of the TIA.

Transport and the triple bottom line (DOC 471KB) describes the objectives covering: economic prosperity, social and economic inclusion and environmental stability. The policy also gives guidance on what we mean by the principle of triple bottom line assessment.

Documenting decisions

The Department has developed a guide to assist management and staff in the department and other transport agencies to comply with their obligations under the TIA.

Documenting your thinking: A guide for transport bodies (DOC 58KB) is a suggested framework for recording how the TIA was applied to a particular decision.