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Agency VA 673
Department of Transport (known as Ministry of Transport 1951 to 1992)
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Date Range: 1951 - 1996
 
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Establishment of the Ministry of Transport

The Ministry of Transport was established by the Transport Act 1951 (No.5559) for the purpose of "securing the improvement, development and better co-ordination of railway, tramway, road and air transport in Victoria".

Administrative Arrangements 1951-1983

Initially a Co-ordinator of Transport was appointed as the Ministry's permanent head, and while the Ministry could consist of specially appointed officers, the Minister was also empowered to make use of the services of any officer, employed by either the public service or by one of the authorities responsible for transport functions.

The provision of transport services between 1951 and 1983 has been the responsibility of a number of authorities, including:

Victorian Railways (VA 2876) 1883-1983
Railway Construction Branch, Board of Land and Works (VA 690) 1892-1964
Railway Construction Board (VA 691) 1965-1980
Railway Construction and Property Board (VA 615) 1980-1983
Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Authority 1970-1983
Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board (VA 2694) 1919-1983
Transport Regulation Board (VA 2738) 1933-1983
Country Roads Board (VA 722) 1913-1983
West Gate Bridge Authority 1966-1982
Road Traffic and Safety Authority (VA 487) 1971-1983.

Responsibility for co-ordinating road safety, traffic management, motor registration and driver licensing passed from the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services (VRG 73) to the Ministry of Transport in 1981.

Restructure of Transport Administration 1983

During 1982 and early 1983, the Ministry was restructured to enable it to operate as a corporate transport headquarters responsible for the performance of all Government transport activities, the better development of transport strategies and allocation of resources, the better co-ordination of loan-raising action, and the better management of existing finances.

The Transport Act 1983 (No.9921) which provided for these administrative changes also provided for a restructure of the transport authorities, creating four new authorities to replace the previous eight. From 1983 the Ministry therefore became responsible for the co-ordination, planning and resource management of transport services provided by:

State Transport Authority trading as V/Line (VA 1038) which succeeded Victorian Railways and the Railway Construction and Property Board.
Road Traffic Authority (VA 1036) which succeeded the Road Traffic and Safety Authority and the Transport Regulation Board.
Metropolitan Transit Authority (VA 1044) which succeeded the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board and the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Authority.
Road Construction Authority (VA 1054) which succeeded the Country Roads Board which itself now included the Westgate Bridge Authority.

The Ministry also became responsible for the provision of specialist property and other services to these authorities.

Ports and Harbours

Also in 1983 the Division of Ports and Harbours, which had previously operated in the Public Works Department (VA 669) was transferred to the Ministry of Transport. This Division was responsible for:

control of port navigation and port development
construction and maintenance of harbour and coastal works
maintenance of shipping channels
tidal surveys
foreshore protection
administration of Marine Board matters.

covering all the Victorian coastline except for those areas controlled by the Port of Melbourne (VA 1426), Port of Geelong (VA 1425) and Port of Portland Authorities VA 1427)

On 1 October 1986 the Ports and Harbours Division merged with Victoria's three Port Authorities. The Port of Melbourne Authority assumed responsibility for the administration and operation of ports along Victoria's eastern coast, including: Port of Western Port, Port of Anderson's Inlet, Port of Corner Inlet and Port Albert, Port of Gippsland Lakes, Port of Snowy River and Port of Mallacoota. In addition the Port of Melbourne Authority assumed responsibility for the maintenance and upgrading of navigational aids in all Victorian coastal waters, oil pollution control in all Victorian coastal waters, hydrographic surveying of Victorian ports and coastline, beach renourishment and the maintenance of recreational boating facilities along the eastern coast. The Port of Geelong Authority assumed responsibility for port and marine services along the coast from Cape Otway to the western side of Port Phillip Bay. The Port of Portland Authority assumed responsibility for the remainder of the western coast including Port Fairy and Warrnambool Harbour.

Further Restructuring 1989

Further alterations to transport legislation in 1989 under the Transport (Amendment) Act 1989 (No.44) reduced the number of authorities providing public transport services to two; the Roads Corporation (VA 2982) and the Public Transport Corporation (VA 2984). This legislation also gave the Director-General of Transport a formal role in overseeing and directing the operations of the two agencies, the predecessors of which had reported directly to the Minister for Transport.

Following significant machinery of government changes after the re-election of the Kennett Government in April 1996 the Department of Transport was abolished. Under Administrative Arrangements Order No.150 all functions of the Department were transferred to the Department of Infrastructure (VA 3971).

Location of Records

See List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.21.0.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT VA 673

MINISTER FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT
MINISTER FOR ROADS AND PORTS

Establishment

Following significant machinery of government changes after the election of the first Kennett Government in October 1992, the Department of Transport was established by Administrative Arrangements Order No.114.

Functions

Previous Ministry of Transport (VA 673);

Ports and Transport Unit from the previous Department of Manufacturing and Industry Development (VA 3012).

The Department of Transport includes the Minister for Public Transport and the Minister for Roads and Ports and six agencies. The Department of Transport is responsible for formulating and monitoring general transport policies, planning strategies and allocating resources and monitoring the performance of all transport activities. The Transport authorities and agencies develop business plans, implement policy and carry out strategies, develop market services and conduct operations.

Public Transport Corporation
Roads Corporation

Marine Board of Victoria
Port of Geelong Authority
Port of Melbourne Authority
Port of Portland Authority
State Boating Council

 
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? 1898 - 1986 Notices to Mariners [Ports and Harbours Branch] VPRS 8336 North Melbourne Open
? 1963 - ? 1985 Computer Analyses VPRS 10089 North Melbourne Open
? 1963 - 1986 General Correspondence Files, Single Number System, Ports and Harbours Branch VPRS 8193 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1963 - 1986 Registration Cards for General Correspondence Files, Single Number System, Port and Harbours Branch VPRS 8194 North Melbourne Open
? 1967 - ? 1982 General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System VPRS 6347 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1967 - 1978 List of Index Headings, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12718 North Melbourne Open
? 1967 - 1978 Index to General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12719 North Melbourne Open
? 1967 - 1982 File Registration and Movement Books, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12717 North Melbourne Open
? 1967 - 1986 Indexes to General Correspondence Files, Single Number System, Ports and Harbours Branch VPRS 8189 North Melbourne Open
? 1983 - ? 1986 General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System, Personnel and Organisation Development Division VPRS 12986 North Melbourne Closed
1970 - 1970 Board Of Inquiry Into Land Transport VPRS 10218 North Melbourne Open
1978 - 1982 List of File Classifications and Subject Index Headings, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12715 North Melbourne Open
1983 - ? 1986 File Registration Cards: Multiple Number System VPRS 12636 North Melbourne Open
1983 - ? 1986 General Correspondence Files: Multiple Number System VPRS 12637 North Melbourne Closed
1983 - ? 1986 Subject Index to General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 12722 North Melbourne Open
1983 - ? 1986 Name Index to General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 12723 North Melbourne Open
1983 - ? 1986 Index by Locality to General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System VPRS 12724 North Melbourne Open
By 1978 - 1982 Index to General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12716 North Melbourne Open
Circa 1964 - 1971 Correspondence Files VPRS 10090 North Melbourne Open
Functions for which this Agency has or has had primary responsibilityFunctions for which this Agency has or has had primary responsibility
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1951 - 1996 Public transport VF 403
1951 - cont Transport services, co-ordination of VF 491
1983 - 1990 Ports and harbours VF 11
- 1986 Port and marine related services VF 458
- 1986 Ports, eastern victoria, administration of VF 460
1992 - 1996 Ports and harbours VF 11
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Superior AgenciesSuperior Agencies
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Subordinate AgenciesSubordinate Agencies
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1983 - 1996 Marine Board of Victoria VA 1424
1989 - 1996 Roads Corporation (also known as VicRoads) VA 2982
1989 - 1996 Public Transport Corporation VA 2984
1994 - 1996 Melbourne City Link Authority VA 4221
1994 - 1996 Victorian Taxi Directorate VA 5009
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1951 - 1996 Transport VRG 49
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