Video transcript: An integrated Department of Transport

One year ago, our transport portfolios merged to become one integrated Department of Transport, in step with other global cities.

We now have an integrated approach to how we plan, deliver and operate the transport system.

Our collective expertise enables us to manage a diverse and complex state-wide portfolio.

This mirrors the integrated way people travel on our network: cycling or driving to a station, catching a train or walking to destinations.

We're focused on solving the big issues, such as improving mobility options in growing suburbs.

We work closely with MTIA [Major Transport Infrastructure Authority], our Big Build partners, and companies running tram, bus and rail networks, as well as mum-and-dad regional school bus services and much more.

Keeping Victorians connected is the shared purpose that underpins everything we do.

Our transport network doesn't just take people from place to place; it connects people to some of the most important and special things in their lives.

Our job is to make journeys simpler, safer and more reliable for everyone: simple, connected journeys.

While we've been busy adjusting to our new integrated working model, the world around us has also changed.

When devastating bushfires saw a state of emergency declared, we did not hesitate to step up to assist affected communities and colleagues.

Part of this co-ordinated response involved Sprayline road services crews from our western, northern and metro regions providing support to bushfire-impacted communities in eastern Victoria.

Now in only a brief few months, COVID-19 has reshaped almost every aspect of how we work, live and travel.

People staying home has been reflected in the number of trips on our network.

We've seen a huge increase in people enjoying walking and cycling.

We’ve responded swiftly during this challenging period, and fast-tracked plans to deliver long-term benefits much sooner.

Removing cash-handling payments from buses is just one example.

This is a safe solution for operators and a significant change to our bus network.

And our dedicated frontline teams are still out there, working hard to ensure that essential services continue, helping communities to keep using our networks to travel safely to schools, workplaces, medical appointments or supermarkets.

We’re also ensuring that essential food, medical and building supplies continue to move in and out of our ports and across borders every day.

This is vital work to maintain global market links for manufacturers, producers and businesses, and to keep shelves stocked for Victorian families.

[We’re focused on] keeping our existing network safe and reliable while we plan and build for tomorrow’s journeys on an integrated network.

One example is our work to deliver additional car parking spaces at train stations across the network.

Looking ahead, we have important work to do.

Helping to make this a smooth transition is a new member to the DOT [Department of Transport] family: Development Victoria. 

This new partnership will help us fuse transport and land use planning to create well-connected places and precincts that nurture strong and inclusive communities.

As our integrated DOT [Department of Transport] family embarks on its second big year, we will continue to consolidate a united team, and forge powerful connections across our entire organisation, because we all have a pivotal role to play in ensuring that Victoria emerges from this challenging period stronger, thriving and connected.