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Agency VA 3971
Department of Infrastructure
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Date Range: 1996 - 2008
 
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Following significant machinery of government changes after the re-election of the Kennett Government in April 1996 the Department of Infrastructure (DoI) was established by amendment of Schedule 1 of the Public Sector Management Act 1992. Under Administrative Arrangements Order No.150 (Victorian Government Gazette S 33) the Department assumed responsibility for all functions of the Department of Planning and Development (VA 3094), except the Office of Housing, and the Department of Transport (VA 673) as well as the Office of Local Government from the Department of Treasury and Finance.

The primary functions carried out by the department following its establishment were: infrastructure investment planning, building, heritage conservation, local governance, major projects, strategic and statutory planning, ports, public transport, and roads and transport regulation (Victorian Government Directory, 1996/1997, p. 151). DoI reported to the Minister for Planning, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Roads and Ports and the Minister for Transport.

In March 2002, DoI assumed responsibility for functions associated with major projects and planning which were formerly the responsibility of the Department of State and Regional Development (VA 4189; Victorian Government Gazette S 41, S 54).

Following the re-election of the Bracks Government, in November 2002, significant changes were made to the functions and responsibilities of DoI. First, DoI assumed responsibility for energy policy, formerly the responsibility of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (VA 3972), under Administrative Arrangements Orders 182 and 183. This included the Energy Policy Division (which became known as the Energy and Security Division in 2003; Victorian Government Directory, 2003/2004, p. 225), the Office of Gas Safety (VA 4209) and the Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector (VA 4207). DoI also reported to the newly-created Minister for Energy Industries after the election.

The second significant change was DoI assuming responsibility for Multimedia Victoria and the establishment of a Broadband Access Office within DoI. To facilitate this, a Ministry for Information and Communication Technologies was established.

Finally, some functions of DoI were transferred to different departments. The newly-established Department for Victorian Communities (VA 4562) assumed responsibility for the local government function of DoI, and planning and heritage functions were moved to the Department of Sustainability and Environment (VA 4554). The acts assigned to DSE included the Architects Act 1991, Heritage Act 1995, Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Subdivision Act 1988 (Administrative Arrangements Order No. 183, Victorian Government Gazette S 252).

The major functions undertaken by the department following the 2002 state election were: infrastructure projects and services, public transport, management of roads, operation of ports and logistics, delivery of major projects, development of energy policy and information and communication technologies.

In 2005, under the Energy Safe Victoria Act 2005, the Offices of Gas Safety (VA 4209) and the Chief Electrical Inspector (VA 4207) were merged to form Energy Safe Victoria within DoI.

Following the state election of November 2006, the Energy and Security Division of DoI was moved into the Department of Primary Industries (VA 4563) to form part of the newly created Energy and Minerals Resource Division within DPI, under Administrative Arrangements Order No. 192 (Victorian Government Gazette S 317, 2006).

Another significant change following the 2006 state election was the move of the Information and Communication Technologies portfolio into the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (VA 4564), including Multimedia Victoria.

After the 2006 state election DoI reported to the Minister for Public Transport, the Minister for Roads and Ports and the Minister for Major Projects. The functions carried out by this department are major projects, public transport, roads, ports, and infrastructure administration.

The Department of Infrastructure became the Department of Transport (DOT) on 30 April 2008 to provide stronger focus on the delivery of transport improvements.
 
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? 1879 - ? 2006 Railway Rolling Stock Drawings and Tracings VPRS 3426 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1920 - ? 2000 Photographic Collection: Railway Negatives: Alpha-numeric Systems VPRS 12800 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1920 - ? 2000 Photographic Collection: Prints: Railways VPRS 12905 North Melbourne Open
? 1951 - ? 2000 Photographic Collection: Photographic Prints and Slides:Tramways VPRS 12907 North Melbourne Open
? 1960 - 1999 Card Index to Building Plans VPRS 11926 North Melbourne Closed
1880 - cont Free Passes For Rail Travel Files VPRS 16275 North Melbourne Part Open
1968 - 2005 Reference Material Maintained by Records Managers VPRS 16332 North Melbourne Open
1973 - cont Metric Building Plans VPRS 3821 North Melbourne Open
1981 - cont Metric Building Plans - Aperture Cards VPRS 3822 North Melbourne Closed
1988 - 2000 Country Victoria and Metropolitan Region Planning Scheme Maps, Development Plans and Amendments VPRS 16155 North Melbourne Open
1988 - 2000 Country Victoria and Metropolitan Region Planning Scheme Ordinances/Amendments VPRS 16204 North Melbourne Open
1997 - 1999 Board Minutes and Papers VPRS 12876 North Melbourne Closed
1997 - cont New Format Planning Scheme Maps based on the Victoria Planning Provisions VPRS 16203 North Melbourne Open
1997 - cont New Format Planning Scheme Ordinances based on the Victoria Planning Provisions VPRS 16223 North Melbourne Open
1998 - 2004 Privatisation of Public Transport, Contract Files - Franchise Agreements and Tender Information on Sale of Assets (V/line, Hillside, Bayside Trains, Yarra and Swanston Trams) VPRS 15024 North Melbourne Closed
1998 - 2007 General Correspondence Files, Alpha-Code Prefix Annual Single Number System (Planning and Policy Division) VPRS 16083 North Melbourne Closed
1999 - 2010 Departmental Cabinet -in -Confidence Working Records, Bracks-Brumby Government [Department of Planning and Community Development] VPRS 16585 North Melbourne Closed
1999 - 2010 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Bracks-Brumby Government [Department of Transport II] VPRS 16591 North Melbourne Closed
1999 - 2010 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Bracks-Brumby Government [Department of Primary Industries] VPRS 16592 North Melbourne Closed
2002 - 2004 General Subject Files, Alpha Code Prefix Annual Single Number System, Organisational Development Division VPRS 15047 Other Part Open
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1996 - 2008 Public transport VF 403
1996 - 2008 Transport services, co-ordination of VF 491
1996 - 2008 Ports and harbours VF 11
1996 - cont Local government VF 184
1996 - cont Environment effects statements VF 347
1996 - cont Building regulation VF 244
1996 - cont Buildings, government (design and construction) VF 14
1996 - cont Heritage protection VF 327
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1996 - 2000 Office of Major Projects [known as the Victorian Government Major Projects Unit 1987-1992] VA 2979
1996 - 2002 Heritage Victoria VA 4836
1996 - 2003 Melbourne Port Corporation VA 4837
1996 - 2008 Victorian Taxi Directorate VA 5009
1996 - cont Urban Land Corporation (formerly known as the Urban Land Authority) VA 1358
1996 - cont Roads Corporation (also known as VicRoads) VA 2982
1996 - cont Building Control Commission VA 4215
1996 - cont Building Advisory Council VA 4216
1996 - cont Building Appeals Board VA 4217
1996 - cont Building Practitioners Board VA 4218
1996 - cont Building Regulations Advisory Committee VA 4219
1996 - cont Heritage Council VA 4220
1996 - cont Melbourne City Link Authority VA 4221
1997 - cont Victorian Energy Networks Corporation (VENCorp) VA 4263
2002 - 2005 Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector VA 4207
2002 - 2005 Office of Gas Safety VA 4209
2002 - cont Victorian Rail Track (VicTrack) VA 4212
2002 - cont Victorian Rail Track (Vic Track) VA 4616
2003 - 2007 Victorian Urban Development Authority (trading as VicUrban) VA 5004
2003 - 2008 Linking Melbourne Authority (known as Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority [SEITA] 2003-2010) VA 4839
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1996 - 1999 Planning and Local Government VRG 126
1996 - 2008 Transport VRG 49
2002 - 2006 Energy Industries VRG 157
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