Empower our people

Be a diverse, adaptable and connected workforce, empowered to deliver simple, safe, connected journeys.

Empower our peopleKey achievements

Aboriginal Self-Determination and Reform branch - In November 2021, the Department established the Aboriginal Self-Determination and Reform branch as part of our commitment to improving the quality of life for all Aboriginal Victorians. 

In May 2022, the first Transport Portfolio Aboriginal Staff Conference was held. The Conference and our Aboriginal Staff Network are integral to Aboriginal self-determination and are first steps in being informed by our First Peoples employees and their experiences and priorities. 

Freight industry training for jobseekers project - Freight Victoria, in partnership with Jobs Victoria and the VTA initiated a project to create over 125 jobs for priority jobseekers in the transport and logistics industry to help meet workforce demand. This includes:

  • women 45 and over
  • Aboriginal Victorians
  • non-English speaking migrants
  • women under 25.

The project provides a sustainable training and employment pathway into heavy vehicle and forklift driving, and warehousing roles.

Public transport master style guide (MSG) - The public transport MSG (4.0) was released as a standardized communication guide to maintain standards and correct information on the public transport network.

The transport portfolio Aboriginal Scholarship program - This financial year, 32 scholarships were awarded.
These aim to increase training and employment opportunities for Victoria’s Aboriginal youth, with financial support for school-related expenses.

Women in Transport (WiT) Strategy - In September 2021, the WiT Strategy was launched to progress gender equity across the transport portfolio and industry. As at 30 June 2022, 39.5 per cent of DoT’s workforce was women, with 41.1 per cent of senior positions occupied by women (VPS level 5 and above). 

The strategy aims to increase the number of women by the end of 2024 to:

  • 50 per cent in senior roles in public sector agencies
  • 30 per cent in senior roles in the private sector.

The Department is committed to having a diverse, adaptable and connected workforce, empowered to deliver simple, safe, connected journeys.