Local government is responsible for providing and maintaining transport infrastructure at the local level, including pedestrian paths, 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.
Submissions to government inquiries
We represent and advocate on behalf of councils to Victorian and Australian Government inquiries and policy reviews.
Our submissions cover many areas of transport policy and investment including:
- legislative reform
- infrastructure planning
- service delivery
Transport position paper
The Transport position paper (Word - 4.9MB) defines the Victorian local government sector's vision for transport policy and investment in Victoria, and it identifies a series of council and State Government steps which are necessary to achieve that vision.
The paper includes a discussion of challenges for the state's transport system, as well as councils' strategic objectives for transport policy and investment. It also covers:
- population growth
- climate change
- transport disadvantage and social exclusion
- health and liveability
- peak oil.
The primary audience for the document is the Victorian Government. Victoria's response to its considerable transport challenges will necessarily require a partnership between all levels of government – but must be led by the State Government. Councils want to renew this partnership on the basis of a clear definition of the state's transport challenges and a pathway forward.
The first edition of the paper was published in 2008. The Transport Position Paper will be regularly updated to reflect changing circumstances.
Committees and working groups
We represent local government on a number of transport-related committees and working groups such as:
- PTV Accessibility Strategic Reference Group
- TAC Community Road Safety Grants Reference Panel
- VicRoads Government Reference Group Worksite Safety & Traffic Management
- Victorian Cycling Strategy Reference Group
- Victorian Ministerial Freight Advisory Council
- Victorian Railway Crossing Safety Steering Committee
- Victorian Road Freight Advisory Council.
Greater Dandenong City Council's website has transport statistics on modes of travel to work, road accidents, car ownership and walkability across Victorian councils.
For more information on our transport policy work, contact:
Transport Policy Adviser
03 9667 5529