Climate change, expected growth in freight, congestion, oil prices, social inclusion and the growing and ageing population all inform councils’ transport and infrastructure policies.
Local government has a responsibility to lobby the Australian and Victorian Governments to meet the public transport needs of local communities.
Recognising the many benefits of increased walking and cycling, local government directly contributes to the liveability and wellbeing of local communities by striving to provide safe and connected footpaths and cycle paths.
Councils are responsible for providing and maintaining transport infrastructure at the local level, including footpaths, most bicycle paths and approximately 85 per cent of Victoria's road network.
Councils also perform statutory planning functions which provide an important link between planning and transport, and advocate for communities' transport needs to other levels of government.
Many councils take on additional responsibilities, including providing community transport services. The Victorian and Australian Governments are responsible for other transport infrastructure and services, and for developing relevant policy and regulations.
Find out more about our transport and infrastructure policy work.