VicRoads or the Roads Corporation of Victoria is a statutory corporation which is the road and traffic authority in the state of Victoria, Australia. It is responsible for maintenance and construction of the arterial road network, as well as driver licensing and vehicle registration. VicRoads has broad responsibility for road safety policy and research. It is also responsible for regulating the accident towing industry in Victoria.
|Formed||1 July 1989|
|Dissolved||30 June 2019|
|Employees||3,006 (June 2018)|
|Parent department||Department of Transport|
|Parent agency||Transport for Victoria|
|Agency ID||PROV VA 2982|
The main VicRoads administration is located in the Melbourne suburb of Kew, on the site of the former Kew Railway Station, with other metropolitan offices in the Melbourne CBD, Burwood and Sunshine. Regional offices and Project offices are located in Geelong, Traralgon, Benalla, Bendigo and Ballarat, among others. In addition VicRoads operates many offices servicing the public in registration and licensing throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
In 1983, the Country Roads Board was replaced by the Road Construction Authority, under the former Transport Act 1983. In 1989, the Road Traffic Authority was merged with the Road Construction Authority to form the Roads Corporation, trading under the name VicRoads.
VicRoads was re-established from 1 July 2010 under the Transport Integration Act, which establishes a framework for an integrated and sustainable transport system in Victoria and empowers the key Victorian Government agencies with responsibility for the State's land and water transport system. The Act provides that VicRoads' primary object is to provide, operate and maintain the road system consistent with the vision statement in the Act and objectives which emphasise transport integration and sustainability. The statute also requires VicRoads to "...manage the road system in a manner which supports a sustainable Victoria by seeking to increase the share of public transport, walking and cycling trips as a proportion of all transport trips in Victoria..."
In July 2016, the government announced the creation of Transport for Victoria, a new statutory authority combining planning functions of Public Transport Victoria and VicRoads as well as functions of other agencies.
VicRoads will cease to exist as an independent entity from 30 June 2019 with its functions merged with those of Public Transport Victoria into a new division of the Department of Transport. Announcing the reforms, Premier Daniel Andrews argued that the reform would go "one step beyond" the formation of Transport for Victoria, and said that merging the two agencies would lead to planning of an integrated and mode-agnostic transport network. Although the Rail, Tram and Bus Union supported the government's decision, the Australian Services Union, representing a large number of VicRoads administrative staff, opposed the merger.
VicRoads ceased to operate as an independent organisation on 1 July 2019. Its functions were absorbed into the new Department of Transport.
- Annual Report 2017-18. VicRoads. September 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
- http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/vrne/vrne5nav.nsf/alltitle/About+VicRoads-Contact+Us Archived November 25, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
- http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/vrne/vrne5nav.nsf/childdocs/-BB50F530937BB3C9CA256FD300241C84-72F00738926865AFCA256FE100428355?open Archived September 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
- "Department of Transport — Transport Integration Act". Transport.vic.gov.au. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Transport Integration Act 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Simpler, More Coordinated Transport System For Victoria". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
- Carey, Adam (4 April 2019). "Big merger: VicRoads and PTV to become one mega-agency". The Age. Retrieved 6 April 2019.