Applying the Transport Integration Act

Transport and the triple bottom line.

The Transport Integration Act provides a framework with six transport system objectives - what we are aiming for - and seven 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 Transport Integration Act: economic prosperity, social and economic inclusion and environmental sustainability.

By taking a triple bottom line approach to decision-making, the transport portfolio will be able to advise the government about the implications of proposed actions on the full range of its policy goals.

Economic prosperity

Transport has an important role facilitating economic prosperity. An efficient and reliable transport network helps the productivity of existing businesses. It also helps people access a wide range of job opportunities.

Here are examples of strategies, processes or projects where transport could contribute to prosperity.

Role of transport Example
Provide value for money infrastructure and services
  • careful business case development
  • Project Management Framework
Improve business access to markets
  • Transport Solutions Framework
Keep transport costs down
  • National Safety Regulator
  • measures to reduce congestion and improve travel times
Support business clustering
  • Melbourne Metro (supporting business density in the central business district)
  • Eastern Freeway (supporting collocation of logistics businesses along the freeway)
Improve access to work and education
  • Regional Rail Link (providing better access to city jobs and university campuses in the west)
Better use of transport assets
  • SmartRoads
  • Freeway Management System
  • Early Bird Initiative

Social and economic inclusion

Transport plays an important role in developing social and economic inclusion by removing barriers to the use of the transport system. It also has a capacity-building role where opportunities for social and economic participation are maximised in partnership with communities.

Here are examples of strategies, processes or projects where transport can contribute to inclusion.

Role of transport Example
Respond to user expectations
  • railway station usability principles
  • tram stop upgrades
Make transport more widely available
  • greenfields timetabling
  • South Morang rail extension
  • Smart Bus services
Improve transport affordability
  • Multi Purpose Taxi Program
  • concession fares
  • Early Bird initiative
Engage and collaborate in planning and delivery
  • Metropolitan Planning Strategy
Support others to take action on transport challenges
  • Transport Connections Program Innovation fund
Create a positive legacy
  • Regional Rail Link local community benefits through procurement

Transport resource efficiency and environmental sustainability

The transport sector is a significant consumer of energy, and a major source of urban air pollution. It is important to minimise the resources used by transport.

Environmentally-responsible decisions protect, conserve and improve the natural environment. This ensures that we have the ability to maintain and improve living conditions needed to sustain people and other species.

Below are examples of strategies, processes or projects where transport contributes to environmental objectives.

Role of transport Example
Use environmentally sustainable transport more
  • Box Hill to Ringwood bikeway
  • cycling strategy
  • Electric vehicle trial
Make transport infrastructure more resource-efficient and reduce its environmental impacts
  • rail noise policy
  • better use of transport assets
Make transport resilient to climatic extremes
  • transport resilience and climatic extremes skills development
  • package and risk assessments
Make transport activity more resource-efficient and reduce its environmental impact
  • sustainability rating tool for design and construction of rail infrastructure
  • making our transport operations sustainable
  • waste policy review
  • Fleetwise program
Reduce distances travelled to access people places and goods
  • Metropolitan Planning Strategy
  • Westgate Punt