Role statement - Safe Transport Victoria

Safe Transport Victoria

On 1 July 2022, Safety Transport Victoria merged with Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria to form a new entity, Transport Safety Victoria (ST Vic). ST Vic manages the accreditation and safety regulation for commercial passenger vehicles, buses and maritime vessels. 

As Victoria’s transport safety regulator, ST Vic: 

  • licences, certifies, registers and accredits operators and other industry participants 
  • monitors transport operators’ and participants’ systems for managing safety risks 
  • monitors compliance with transport safety legislation, and 
  • takes enforcement action as appropriate to promote safety outcomes in Victoria. 


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Develop policy relating to the administration of transport safety legislation

1.1, 4.5

Provide information, guidance and education that promotes awareness and understanding of transport safety issues

1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 4.5

Participating agency for the following maritime emergency (non-search and rescue) mitigation activities:

  • legislation and enforcement (e.g. compulsory marine pilotage/exempt masters, Harbour master directions, safety duty (So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable) obligations of port manager, port operator, vessel operators, offshore facility operators etc.)
  • licensed, current and competent pilots

Table 8: Participating agencies for mitigation

Response (including Relief)

Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Control agency for maritime casualty non-search and rescue of all vessels in coastal waters excluding those in commercial and local port waters

3.1, Table 9: Control agencies for response

Support Port management body or local port managers for maritime non search and rescue of all vessels in commercial and local port waters as requested 


Liaise with relevant agencies following incidents and accident, including, VicPol, Office of the Chief Investigator (Transport and Marine Safety Investigations), Worksafe Victoria and DTP 

3.2, 4.5

Provide advice and recommendations to the relevant Minister(s) on transport safety matters 

4.5, 4.6

Receive notifications of notifiable occurrences/incidents/accidents in bus and maritime 

3.2, 4.4


For recovery activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.

Assurance and Learning

Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Collect, analyse and report on safety data and performance

4.4, 21.1, 21.2

Conduct safety audits of transport operators and determine compliance with safety requirements

4.4, 21.1

Investigate and report on transport safety matters


Investigate incidents and accidents for compliance with transport safety legislation and take enforcement action as appropriate

4.4, 21.1, 21.2, 21.3