Transport Taskforce

Gearing up for success

An efficient and integrated transport system is vital for business and vital for Victoria. Victoria’s extensive public transport system, integrating rail, tram and bus services, has played a key role in managing the state’s rapid population growth. It will need to continue to do so into the future.

A range of industry-led recommendations to keep Victoria’s transport system moving have been developed through the work of the Victorian Chamber’s Transport Taskforce.

Explore our key recommendations below or view the full report below: 

Improve integrated transport and land use planning across Victoria

Strengthen institutional links between infrastructure and land use planning by:

  • Developing strategies to locate jobs in outer Melbourne growth corridors
  • Implementing strategies to regionalise population growth and jobs in Geelong, Gippsland, Ballarat, Bendigo and the Hume region.

Preserve transport corridors and land around the following areas:

  • Melbourne Airport. The airport’s curfew-free status must be maintained. Development controls need to be in place to manage noise sensitive land uses and ensure that tall structures are not allowed to impinge on operational airspace
  • A new airport in Melbourne’s southeast
  • Inland freight hubs.

Meet the capacity challenge

  • Build the North East Link and an East West Link
  • Progress the Melbourne Airport Rail Link
  • Progress regional rail connections to the Melbourne Airport Rail Link
  • Progress the Inland Rail freight project and Regional Rail Revival program, including upgrading rail routes and services to Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo, as well as other major regional transport infrastructure priorities identified in section 2 of this report.

Improve supply chain and transport network connectivity

  • Progress the construction of a new east-west runway at Melbourne Airport and fast-track other major developments listed in the 2013 Melbourne Airport Master Plan
  • Fast-track the progression of the Avalon Airport Master Plan
  • Elevate the role of supply chain management and logistics by establishing a centre for excellence in supply chain management and logistics.

Foster new technologies to improve transport system efficiency, reliability and safety

  • Expand high capacity signalling across Victoria’s transport network. Trials are already taking place as part of the Metro Tunnel Project, however, the use of high capacity signalling needs to be expanded to the entire Victorian train system
  • Implement a program to improve arterial road operation by upgrading traffic signal efficiency, implementing more active public transport prioritisation and restricting parking in critical locations
  • Continue to support Mobility-as-a- Service (MaaS) solutions that offer commuters and business improved transport options based on their needs.

Improve transport industry regulation

  • Review, streamline and remove cross border regulatory duplication and inconsistencies that are impeding the efficient and effective operation of the Victorian transport sector
  • Develop appropriate regulatory frameworks to facilitate the testing and eventual introduction of autonomous freight and passenger vehicles
  • Improve the consistency of national heavy vehicle regulation.

Strengthen transport industry workforce skills and productivity

  • Work with the Victorian Skills Commissioner and key industry stakeholders to develop an industry-wide workforce development strategy projected across a ten-year period
  • Clearly articulate state and federal government policy on the testing and development of automated vehicle technology to allow better planning for the medium and long term skills needs of the sector
  • Develop a school career service communication toolkit to promote the benefits of transport and logistics careers and apprenticeship and traineeship pathways to school leavers.