On 2 March 2010, the Transport Integration Act 2010
(Vic) ("Act") received Royal Assent and
will come into effect on upon proclamation and no later than 1 July
The purpose of the Act is to provide for a more integrated and
sustainable transport system in Victoria. The Act is primarily a
policy framework for transport legislation.
The Government set about the reform after a comprehensive
review, which revealed that, there was no overarching framework for
the public transport system and the government's broader
policies were not reflected in the legislation.
Who will the Act affect?
The Act will impact all existing transport bodies and other
bodies with transport responsibilities, including:
Growth Areas Authority;
Local Government Victoria;
Local Government Authorities;
What are the practical implications of the Act?
The Minister of Public Transport indicated in the
second-reading-speech for the bill that one of the primary
objectives of the Act is to establish transport bodies under the
one piece of legislation, with a common goal to work together to
foster greater integration and sustainability.
The Act will largely replace the existing Transport Act
1983 (Vic) ("Transport Act"). The
Government's review determined that the current legislative
framework was outdated and fragmented. The Transport Act was mainly
in relation to land transport. The new framework will integrate the
previously discrete ports and marine sectors. In addition, key
transport related land use legislation such as the Planning and
Environment Act 1987 (Vic) and the Local Government Act
1989 (Vic) will be connected to the Act.
The transport bodies and non-transport bodies (listed above)
will be required to understand the objectives and decision-making
principles of the Act. Planning in relation to transport will now
be undertaken in line with the policy framework of the Act.
Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the
Act and how it might impact your organisation.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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