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Strategic Plan 2022-2026

Our Strategic Plan 2022-2026 brings together the Department’s vision, purpose, and strategic priorities over the next four years. It reflects how we work together – across roads, public transport, ports and freight – to make journeys simpler, safer and more connected for everyone.

Annual reports

The DoT annual report outlines our work and achievements for 2021-22.

Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 

The Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 aims to halve deaths by 2030 and put us on a strong path to eliminate all road deaths by 2050. 

Road Safety Victoria – based within the Department of Transport and Planning – led development of the strategy in collaboration with the Victorian Road Safety Partnership – the Transport Accident Commission, Victoria Police, the Department of Justice and Community Safety, and the Department of Health and Human Services.  

Action plans for diversity and inclusion

Transport Portfolio Aboriginal Self-Determination Plan

The Transport Portfolio Aboriginal Self-Determination Plan is the framework for a whole-of-transport approach to embedding self-determination and ensuring our transport system is informed by the voices of Aboriginal Victorians. The plan formalises how the transport portfolio will work together as one in a coordinated, integrated fashion to deliver outcomes with, and for, Aboriginal Victorians.

Forward procurement activity plan 

Our procurement framework complies with the policies and directives of the Victorian Government Purchasing Board, established under the Financial Management Act 1994.

In accordance with the board’s governance policy, we publish a summary of our forecast procurement activities.

Our forward procurement activity plan 2020-21 is available to download below.

This information does not represent a solicitation or invitation to supply, or a commitment by the Department to purchase.

Forward Procurement Activity Plan 2020-21 [XLSX 152 Kb]

Freedom of information

Victoria's Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives members of the public the right to apply for access to information held by ministers, State Government departments, local councils, public hospitals, most semi-government agencies and statutory authorities.

The department complies with the FOI Act and has a dedicated Freedom of Information (FOI) unit which can answer any questions you may have relating to FOI and the department.

How do I lodge a FOI request?

It is important to first contact the department's FOI unit to confirm whether a formal request for documents is required, as information may already be available in the department's annual report or on the department's website.

To lodge an online FOI request, visit the Victorian Government's Freedom of Information website which outlines the steps for making a request.

Alternatively, you may wish to lodge a request to the department directly via email at [email protected]

Please note that departmental staff are working remotely to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As a result, there is limited scope to respond to any requests sent to the department by surface mail – requests and payment of the application fee should be made online through the Victorian Government's Freedom of Information website.

What is the cost of lodging a request?

All FOI requests are subject to a $30.60 application fee (as at 1 July 2022).

This fee is subject to an increase on 1 July every year.

The application fee must accompany the request at the time of lodgement, otherwise the request will be invalid.

The fee may be waived in cases where payment would cause an applicant financial hardship.

Where an applicant seeks a waiver of this fee, the request should indicate the grounds on which a waiver is being sought (for example, low income or holder of Commonwealth health care card).

Access charges may also apply once documents have been processed and a decision on access is made. Some of these charges include a 20c per A4 page photocopying charge and a $22.20 per hour search and retrieval charge.

It should be noted that, under certain circumstances, some of these charges can be waived.

What kind of information is available for request?

The FOI Act allows people to apply for access to all documents held by an agency, irrespective of the form in which the documents are stored. This includes paper and electronic documents.

Assistance in determining documents relevant to a request can be provided by the department's FOI Unit.

Are documents requested under FOI automatically released?

In assessing whether it is suitable to release documents, the FOI officer considers whether any material requested is exempt from release under the FOI Act.

The FOI Act outlines general categories of information that are exempt.

These include information relating to the personal affairs of third parties, information provided in confidence, information which if released might endanger the lives or physical safety of individuals, cabinet documents, commercial-in-confidence documents, internal working documents which if released would be contrary to the public interest and so on.

The full list of exemptions can be found in Part IV of the FOI Act. 

Who are the decision makers under the FOI Act?

Decisions are made under the FOI Act by the Secretary of the department, or by an authorised officer in line with arrangements made by the Secretary as required under sections 26 of the FOI Act.

Decision-making powers and other powers affecting members of the public are found in the legislation administered by the portfolio ministers.

Acts administered by the portfolio ministers are listed in General Orders available on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.

Where can I access information about specific areas of responsibility of the department?

For the benefit of members of the public, the Department of Transport and Planning releases a large amount of information through online and print publishing.

In addition, Freedom of Information statements made under Part II of the FOI Act provide information about the department and its functions, and show how the department is making information readily available to the public.

Members of the public can also call or write directly to the department seeking information on any aspect of its operations, including unpublished material listed in appendix 16 of the department's annual report or on the department's website.

The correspondence can be addressed to either the Secretary of the Department of Transport and Planning or the director of the relevant business unit.

Guidance on the relevant business unit can be taken from the department's organisation chart contained in the annual report.


To lodge a FOI request directly to the department in writing, or for information on completing and lodging a request under the FOI Act, you can contact an FOI officer by email at: [email protected].

A FOI request must be specific enough to allow an agency to identify documents considered relevant to a request.

Where the terms of a request are vague, assistance will be provided to applicants to help determine the type of documents being sought. 

Public transport operator payments

Metro Trains and Yarra Trams receive regular payments from the Department of Transport and Planning to cover the delivery of services and the operation and development of the networks. The terms of these payments are outlined in operator franchise agreements.

On 30 November 2017, Metro Trains and Yarra Trams entered into seven-year contracts to operate Melbourne’s metropolitan train and tram networks respectively. Under the conditions of the contract, both operators will be held to new performance measures and will be accountable to deliver against these metrics in order to receive any incentive payments.

Incentive payments are based on a detailed measure of the passenger impact of service disruptions. These include delays, cancellations, short services, and a number of other disruption types, including trains that bypass the City and/or Westona loops.

Summary payments ($000s)


Metro Trains

Yarra Trams

Regional train and coach

Metropolitan, regional and school bus

Apr - Jun 2022  294,828 119,208 273,005  311,313 
Jan - Mar 2022  325,345 135,272 184,243  276,405 
Oct - Dec 2021 284,939 122,177 259,851 300,621 
Jul - Sep 2021 296,463 134,062  222,959  294,293 
Apr - Jun 2021 253,471 129,431  173,034  288,203 
Jan - Mar 2021  228,821 116,220 179,185 264,373

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* Includes COVID-19 Support Payments provided to Metro Trains and Yarra Trams by the Victorian Government between May and December 2020 to ensure they can remain viable and continue to operate and deliver essential transport services to Victorians.

DTP gifts, benefits and hospitality policy

The acceptance of gifts, benefits and hospitality policy outlines the Department's position on responding to offers of gifts, benefits and hospitality.

DTP gifts, benefits and hospitality register

The register includes offers of gifts, benefits and hospitality made to departmental staff with a value over $50, whether accepted or not.

Further information

For further policy information, email [email protected].

Reporting fraud or corruption

Statement of commitment 

The Department is committed to promoting a culture of integrity and ethical behaviour in the delivery of services it provides to the Victorian community, and in the governance of those services.  

If you have knowledge or reason to believe a departmental employee, agency employee of the department, contractor, or service provider is or has been involved in fraudulent or corrupt conduct, you should report it as a complaint or a public interest disclosure (PID). 

Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic) (the PID Act) supports the Government's commitment to the principles of open, honest and accountable governance and is designed to protect the public interest by:

  • exposing serious public sector wrongdoing,
  • ensuring public organisations are responsible and accountable,
  • protecting people who make a public interest disclosure from detrimental action and ensuring their privacy.
You may wish to make a complaint using the PID process if your complaint is about improper conduct and you are concerned that detrimental action may be taken against you for making the complaint.

You receive the protection of the PID Act once your allegation has been fully assessed as being a public interest disclosure. 

Reporting suspected fraud or corruption to the Department 

To report suspected fraud or corruption, you may contact the Department’s Public Interest Disclosure Coordinator (PID Coordinator) at any of the following: 

In writing:

Department of Transport and Planning
Public Interest Disclosure Coordinator
60 Denmark Street,
Kew, VIC 3101

By telephone:

0448 919 825

By email:
[email protected]

External reporting service:
Stoppline Pty Ltd on 1800 290 609.  Stopline is an independent reporting service. 

Making a public interest disclosure

If you wish to make a PID about the actions of the Department or any of its employees or officers, you should contact the Department’s PID Coordinator at the details listed above. 

Alternatively, disclosures may also be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) at:

Level 1, North Tower, 459 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
1300 735 135
[email protected]

Relevant legislation

Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (Vic) (formerly known as the Protected Disclosures Act 2012) 

Environmental approvals for High Capacity Metro Trains

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act approval for the Pakenham East train stabling and maintenance depot works was issued on 8 November 2016. This was based on studies of the environmental and cultural heritage values. 
Early works commenced on this site in February 2017. 
A key requirement of the EPBC Act approval is the publication of annual EPBC Act compliance reports.  These are available to download below:

Model utility agreement guidelines

Notice of acquisition form for major transport projects 

This form applies for all compulsory acquisitions of land under section 112 of the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009 on and after 1 December 2021.

Project area designation

Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Fire and Life Safety Upgrade Stage 2

On 18 March 2022, the Minister for Planning designated the project area under section 95 of the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009 (MTPF Act). 

The project area is as shown in the plans with reference LEGL./21-084 sheets 1 to 17 (inclusive).

The designation of the project area enables the project proponent (the Secretary to the Department of Transport and Planning) to use the project delivery powers under the MTPF Act. 

If you require assistance in accessing or understanding the report, please contact the Level Crossing Removal Project on 1800 105 105 or email [email protected]

North East Link notices 

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