Role statement - Department of Transport (including Head, Transport for Victoria)

The Department of Transport (DoT) plans, builds and operates an integrated, sustainable and safe transport system for Victoria. DoT’s job is to make journeys simpler, safer and more reliable for everyone. The Secretary, as Department Head of DoT, is responsible for overseeing the transport system and transport bodies.

The Head, Transport for Victoria (Head, TfV) is a statutory authority established by s 64A of the Transport Integration Act 2010. Head, TfV is responsible for coordinating, providing, operating and maintaining the public transport system and the road system in Victoria. The objects and functions of the Head, TfV are outlined in sections 64B and 64C of the Transport Integration Act 2010, as well as the Road Management Act 2004. Head, TfV has taken over the road management responsibilities of the Roads Corporation (VicRoads). Head, TfV practically operates as part of DoT.

DoT supports the Secretary, Ministers, the Head, TfV, and other transport bodies in planning, procuring and commissioning transport infrastructure and commissioning passenger services, rolling stock and transport assets. Statutory functions are held by either the Secretary, DoT or Head, TfV.

DoT aims to coordinate and manage disruptions during construction and delivery of new infrastructure, and to integrate this, whilst planning and managing network operations and challenges across all modes as part of a single broader transport network.

DoT’s key responsibility for emergency management is to minimise the impact of emergencies in portfolio areas through effective preparation, coordination and response.


Critical task alignment / activity source



DoT works with the transport sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through:


●  designating vital critical infrastructure where appropriate



●  emergency risk management planning by vital critical infrastructure owners and operators

1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.2


Maintaining a high level of preparedness for emergencies that may affect the state’s road and rail network



Providing a mechanism for developing multi-agency/operator incident action strategy

1.1, 1.3


Assurance of preparation of vital critical infrastructure owners’ and operators’ emergency risk management plans

1.3, 1.4


Co-ordinate road safety programs with community groups and other agencies

1.2, 1.4


Plan for the management of incidents on major arterial roads with other agencies, including diversion routes for the different classes of vehicles

1.3, 1.5


Providing leadership to the transport sector through development and running of multiagency exercises



Participation in state and regional emergency management meetings and other I and exercises where these provide advice on likely risks and impacts to the transport network



DoT is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following earthquake mitigation activities:
●  critical infrastructure (engineering) vulnerability assessments and maintenance regimes (essential services, dams/levees, buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels)

Mitigation table


DoT is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following hazardous materials (including hazardous materials/industrial waste) incident mitigation activities:
●  HAZMAT transport requirements (e.g. prohibitions, material volume and selection, route and timing selection, transport mode, stakeholder engagement (e.g. WorkSafe Victoria, FRV, VicRoads, transporter, receiver)

●  pre-transport consequence modelling and readiness - plume modelling, etc. (oil spills only)

Mitigation table


DoT is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following heatwave mitigation activities:

●  Planning (state, local and agency preparedness)

Mitigation table


DoT is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following maritime emergency (non SAR) 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.)

●  State and national audits and inspection of commercial vessels, port infrastructure, offshore facilities (note vessel condition monitoring done by Commonwealth)

Mitigation table


Response (including Relief)


DoT is the control agency for:


●  level 2 and level 3 marine pollution oil spills in Victorian coastal waters up to three nautical miles. Level 1 spills are the responsibility of designated port managers and facility operators as per arrangements set out in the State Maritime Emergencies (non-Search and Rescue) Sub-Plan



●  essential service disruption to public transport, major arterial roads, bridges and tunnels



DoT is the lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional areas, as shown in the Response Support table (Table 10):
●  public transport

●  roads

●  transport (including airports and ports)

Response Support table


DoT’s responsibilities include supporting relevant Ministers, and overseeing responsible entities, nominated under Part 7A of the EM Act 2013 with respect to the transport system

3.1, 3.2


DoT provides staff and other support to the Head, TfV, when required in relation to disruptions to public transport, major arterial roads, bridges and tunnels



DoT will respond by:


●  providing immediate assistance or support in co-ordination of all private rail, tram, bus, contracted ferry organisations, road contractor and other organisations related to emergencies involving loss of life, injury to persons, fire, hazardous chemical accidents, general policing incidents and other major emergencies



●  providing and facilitating professional and skilled engineering and technical emergency teams/experts, equipment and material to other emergencies from either the department, public transport operators or contractors as appropriate

3.2, 19.1


●  providing transport closure and condition information to the media and public

2.3, 4.5, 9.4


●  addressing safety of staff, passengers and the impacted community



●  maintaining community safety and confidence through provision of warnings, facilitating network repairs and maintenance and identifying and mitigating transport related risks

2.3, 4.4, 9.6


●  assisting with the management of road links during emergencies, which includes route selection, emergency traffic management, escorting, route conditions advice and control

9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5


●  providing relevant support to other agencies in the management of emergencies including but not limited to information, expertise, specialist equipment, and facilitating access to networks

3.2, 4.5, 10.1


DoT liaises with relevant industry sectors to facilitate response to a disruption to essential services, except for a disruption to roads



DoT, through the Head, TfV, also oversees Public Transport Operator Responsibilities, including relevant control centres and community communication networks, extending to:
●  the Melbourne Metropolitan Rail Network (maintained and operated by Metro Trains Melbourne)

●  the Melbourne Tram Network (maintained and operated by KDR Victoria Pty Ltd – trading as Yarra Trams)

●  the Melbourne Metropolitan, Regional and DET School bus Networks

●  the Intrastate Rail Network (maintained and operated by V/Line)

●  the Interstate Rail Lines (maintained and operated by the Australian Rail Track Corporation)

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5




DoT, through the Head, TfV, is responsible for co-ordinating the restoration of rail, tram, contracted ferries and bus services

3.1, 3.2


DoT provide the following relief and recovery activities:


●  restoring, rebuilding, upgrading or relocating infrastructure associated with major arterial roads, bridges and tunnels

9.6, 9.7, 19.7


●  assisting with logistics interdependencies, contingencies and reconstruction by providing clearing, restoration and rehabilitation works on arterial roads and bridges

9.5, 9.7, 19.3, 19.6,


●  undertaking erosion control on public land (co-lead with public land manager), including the development and implementation of mitigating actions, such as stabilisation, to reduce future impacts

18.3, 18.4


●  undertaking the assessment, restoration, clearing and rehabilitation of public buildings and assets (e.g. roads, bridges, public amenities) where DoT is the manager of that building or asset

9.5, 9.6, 9.7,
19.1, 19.3, 19.7


●  leading liaison between airport operators/owners and the Victorian Government and land transport network links to airports, including co-ordinating information regarding restoration of services and land transport network links to airports – DoT will work with airport owners and operators and other agencies and businesses as required

3.2, 4.4, 4.5


●  leading liaison between port managers and the Victorian Government. DoT will work with port owners and operators and other agencies and businesses as required



Assurance and Learning


DoT works with the transport sectors to enhance critical infrastructure resilience, through conducting, participating in and observing exercises as part of resilience improvement cycles for vital critical infrastructure owners and operators

1.6, 21.1, 21.2, 21.3