Agency VA 2982
Roads Corporation (also known as VicRoads)
About this Agency Records Related Functions Related Agencies
Date Range: 1989 - cont
 
Description of this AgencyDescription of this Agency
Establishment

The Roads Corporation commenced operations on 1 July 1989, assuming responsibility for all functions relating to the development of the State's roads and road traffic management previously undertaken by the Road Construction Authority (VA 1054) and the Road Traffic Authority (VA 1036). The Corporation was established under the Transport (Amendment) Act 1989 (44/1989). The trading name Vic Roads is used to identify the Roads Corporation.

Functions

The functions of the Roads Corporation, as set out in the Act, are essentially those carried out by its two previous agencies. The main functions are:

- to maintain, upgrade and extend the State's road network
- in conjunction with municipalities, to assist in the maintenance, upgrading and construction of other roads
- to design, construct and maintain traffic signals and other traffic facilities for the purposes of traffic management
- to determine load limits and speed limits
- to provide and maintain roadside reserves
- to establish guidelines and requirements for the issue of vehicle mass and dimension permits
- to provide registration and licensing procedures associated with road transport
- to develop and implement road safety strategies and road safety education programs
- to develop and implement traffic management strategies
- to specify and promote the adoption of road accident prevention practices
- to develop and supervise regulations applicable to road traffic
- to compete for road construction and other projects on the open market
- to promote and undertake research into any matter relating to the performance of its functions.

Administrative Arrangements

The Roads Corporation is subject to the control and general direction of the Director-General of Transport and, ultimately the Minister for Transport. A Roads Corporation Board is appointed by the Minister to provide advice to the Chief Executive of the Corporation.

In addition, the Roads Corporation is assisted by a Road Safety Board appointed by the Minister for Transport. The Board reports to the Corporation on road safety matters.

Although the merger of the Road Construction Authority (VA 1054) and the Road Traffic Authority (VA 1036) to form the Roads Corporation brought responsibilities relating to both road construction and traffic management within the ambit of the one agency, in its early stages the Corporation has continued to operate with two distinct functional divisions. Corporate and management services are, however being integrated and a common record-keeping system has been established. Further research will be necessary to determine the extent to which the functional division is retained in the Corporation's structure in the long term.
 
More Research resourcesMore Research resources
Record series created by this AgencyRecord series created by this Agency
Display entries per page
Date Range Series Title Series Number Series Location Public Access
1913 - 1995 Photographic Collection, Master Negatives and Digitised Images VPRS 17684 North Melbourne Open
1913 - 1995 Photographic Negative Register VPRS 17690 North Melbourne Open
1913 - cont Annual Reports and Reports of the Chief Engineer (GRS 1694) VPRS 15886 Not Applicable
1915 - cont Survey Plans VPRS 7389 North Melbourne Open
1915 - cont Withdrawn Parish Plans VPRS 7390 North Melbourne Open
1915 - cont Withdrawn Township Plans VPRS 7391 North Melbourne Open
1960 - 1999 Photographic Slides VPRS 17692 North Melbourne Open
1971 - cont Search Charts VPRS 7392 North Melbourne Open
Functions for which this Agency has or has had primary responsibilityFunctions for which this Agency has or has had primary responsibility
Display entries per page
Date of Responsibility Function Title Function Number
1989 - cont Roads and bridges (metropolitan) VF 158
1989 - cont Road transport regulation VF 472
1989 - cont Transport regulation VF 488
1989 - cont Motor registration and driver licensing VF 159
1989 - cont Road safety and traffic management VF 160
1989 - cont Roads and bridges VF 15
Functions for which this Agency has or has had secondary responsibilityFunctions for which this Agency has or has had secondary responsibility
Display entries per page
Date of Responsibility Function Title Function Number
Superior AgenciesSuperior Agencies
Display entries per page
Date of Relationship Agency Title Agency Number
1989 - 1996 Department of Transport (known as Ministry of Transport 1951 to 1992) VA 673
1996 - cont Department of Infrastructure VA 3971
Subordinate AgenciesSubordinate Agencies
Display entries per page
Date of Relationship Agency Title Agency Number
Related AgenciesRelated Agencies
Display entries per page
Date of Relationship Agency Title Agency Number
Groups containing this AgencyGroups containing this Agency
Display entries per page
Date of Relationship Group Title Group Number
1989 - cont Transport VRG 49