Transport Taskforce

Transport Taskforce

Our Transport Taskforce, aims to foster a greater understanding of Melbourne’s transport challenges, identifies key priorities for action and advocates for change. Our discussions focus on roads, public transport and intelligent transport, and engage key players in Melbourne’s transport sector contributing to the conversation. With Melbourne’s transport system groaning under the weight of our rapidly growing population, a business-as-usual approach will no longer cut it. Melbourne must adapt, and quickly! The Taskforce Steering Committee members include: Taskforce Chair, Partner at McKinsey and Company, Ishaan Nangia, Brendan Bourke of Port of Melbourne, Darryn Patterson of Transurban, Alexa Delbosc of Monash University, and Brent Musgrove from the Commonwealth Bank. The Committee for Melbourne Secretariat, and the Transport Taskforce Steering Committee, look forward to working with our members and stakeholders over the coming months to determine what our key priorities for action will be.

On 20 November 2018, the Taskforce hosted U.S-based, world-renowned consultant in public transit network design and policy, Jarrett Walker. Jarrett discussed the notion of freedom planning when considering the design of a city’s transport system. A panel discussion followed Jarrett’s presentation, touching on a range of issues, including network planning challenges facing Greater Melbourne, how the Victorian Government could amend the existing transit network to meet community values, needs and expectations, and examples of useful policy concepts developed in other global cities. The Committee also arranged for Jarrett to speak privately with key transport bodies while he was in Melbourne.

On 18 October 2018, Infrastructure Victoria published its infrastructure advice to government on automated and zero emissions vehicles, which was the culmination of extensive research, analysis and consultation. Through the advice Infrastructure Victoria has called on the Victorian Government to enable the roll-out of driverless and zero emissions vehicles to reap unprecedented benefits for the economy, community, and environment. A total of 17 recommendations have been made, which were tested against the context of seven possible scenarios for the future and key triggers for action. The Committee was actively involved in this initiative; co-hosting a members workshop on 20 February 2018 with Infrastructure Victoria to identify and discuss infrastructure requirements for the successful roll-out of automated and zero emission vehicles. The ideas formulated at the workshop formed the basis of the Committee’s submission to Infrastructure Victoria.

In our member survey, an overwhelming 95% of members ranked an Integrated Transport System as the highest priority the Committee should focus on in the lead up to the Victorian election in November.    

In response, the Committee invited DEDJTR Secretary Richard Bolt PSM and Transport for Victoria Head Dr Gillian Miles, to address members on the work the Victorian Government is undertaking on this issue.

Richard Bolt PSM

Kindly hosted by Foundation member Transurban last week, two of Victoria’s leading public servants described the importance of an integrated transport system, as well as their plans for implementation; stressing the need for flexibility, and utilising data as evidence when determining transport investments. 

Dr Gillian Miles

Sharing their views on network planning challenges as well as emerging transport trends and technologies which will impact on our transport future, Richard and Gillian were joined on stage by:

  • Transurban’s Wes Ballantine
  • City of Port Phillip’s Bernadene Voss
  • PwC Australia's Robert Williams and
  • Toyota’s Mario Filipovic

Q&A with the audience

View the event photos.

Committee members Uber and RACV hosted a roundtable discussion in August 2017 on the future of transport chaired by RACV’s GM of Public Policy Brian Negus, with a keynote address by Uber's Head of Transportation Policy and Research in the US, Andrew Salzberg.

The discussion focused on how technology can address Melbourne’s transport congestion and improve mobility, the controversial topic of road pricing and examples of big data informing infrastructure planning. 

In particular, the forum addressed:

  • the sharing of real-time data across service providers
  • increased mobility through integrated end-to-end passenger services
  • innovation in providing the ‘last mile’ of the customer journey
  • updates on Uber’s global focus on shared services
  • the future of dynamic road pricing 
  • the infrastructure implications of autonomous vehicles
  • integrated transport solutions for major events.

Opportunities to achieve a fairer system for transport users across Greater Melbourne through a more equitable transport network pricing were discussed in the Committee’s response to Infrastructure Victoria’s The Road Ahead: How an efficient, fair and sustainable pricing regime can help tackle congestion. The Committee’s recommendations from the 21 February event included:

  • a clear vision of what a good transport network looks like as part of an overall blueprint for Greater Melbourne
  • clarity about the arguments for change and the benefits of an efficient and equitable transport network pricing system
  • strategic placement of toll roads and use of value capture 

Member contributions at the workshop and their subsequent input added to the quality of the final response.

Read our submission

Following a well-attended submission workshop with members, the Committee submitted a response to Moving from evaluation to valuation: Improving project appraisals by monetising more economic, social and environmental impacts on 25 January 2017. 

The Committee advocated for a bi-partisan and consolidated vision for Greater Melbourne which values economic prosperity along with liveability and social inclusion as part of its cost-benefit analysis.  

With an ever-increasing population, having an agreed comprehensive blueprint for Greater Melbourne was critical to making informed investment decisions that maximise living and working conditions across the city. 

We emphasised the importance of community buy-in for investment decisions via community consultation. Collaborative partnerships between the government, local councils, industry and the community would be critical to finding solutions and continuing improvements to ensure and sustain Melbourne’s liveability.    

In that context, our submission covered key issues such as:

  • vision and cost-benefit analysis
  • essential infrastructure and timeframes
  • social impacts and social resilience
  • mining ‘big data’
  • value capture of rent
  • environmental concerns. 

We thank all members who provided input. Read our submission

The Committee for Melbourne welcomes the government’s release of the first Victorian Infrastructure Plan (December 2016) in response to Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy.

Seven years ago, the Committee called for the establishment of an independent, accountable, and transparent body to develop a long-term infrastructure plan for the state.

After three successive governments, Infrastructure Victoria was created – with the key principles raised in our 2015 discussion paper reflected in its establishment – and in December last year, they delivered their first 30-year infrastructure strategy, outlining 137 recommendations for government. 

Coming full circle, the government has outlined its response in the form of a five-year infrastructure plan for Victoria. Having accepted 134 out of 137 recommendations, approximately one-third are supported in full, half are supported in principle, with the remaining fifth being partly supported.  

Even though not all recommendations have been fully accepted, this is a great win for our city and Victoria.

The Committee will continue working with government and stakeholders to shape a better future for Melbourne through the best possible infrastructure development and urban optimisation, two of our four policy pillars.  


Our current work

  • Transport Taskforce

Past events and projects

Conversations with leading thinkers including:

  • Lorie Argus, Chief of Parking and Ground Access, Melbourne Airport
  • Professor Graham Currie, Chair Public Transport research Group, Institute of Transport Studies
  • Nicolas Gindt, CEO, Keolis Downer (Yarra Trams)
  • Michael Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria
  • Andrew Salzberg, Head of Transportation Policy and research, Uber San Francisco
  • Open Mind Forum: Integrated Transport Systems

How can you get involved?

As a member of the Committee for Melbourne, you can contribute your and your organisation's knowledge and insight into the various taskforces that are addressing the Strategic Needs.

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