Operational structure

Here you will find details on the Transport Portfolio and Department of Transport (DoT) operational structures along with changes to the DoT in 2017-18.

  The Transport Portfolio

DoT is part of the State Government's Transport Portfolio and takes a lead role in integrating and enhancing coordination of the State's transport operations, regulatory functions and planning and policy development processes.

Throughout 2017-18, Richard Sellers concurrently held the positions of Director General Transport, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) and Commissioner of Main Roads Western Australia (Main Roads WA).


Transport Portfolio organisational structure
Transport Portfolio organisational structure
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  The Department of Transport

DoT delivers its services through two divisions Policy, Planning and Investment (PPI) and Transport Services.

PPI provides strategic transport policy, integrated transport planning solutions and coordinated investment decisions in collaboration with key stakeholders, to assist in the development of a safe and sustainable transport system for the movement of people and freight.

Transport Services leads and manages the State-wide delivery of a number of specialist transport services, including driver and vehicle services, coastal infrastructure and marine safety, while also regulating Western Australia's on-demand transport industry.

The core functions of each Directorate that make up these divisions are outlined in the organisational chart following.


DoT operational structure diagram
DoT operational structure diagram
AR_P_Annual_Report_2017_2018_DoT_org_chart.pdf icon Annual Report: DoT structure (2017/2018) Kb

  Changes to the Department

Image: Westport Taskforce Chair Nicole Lockwood with local resident Stephen Woodhouse.
Image: Westport Taskforce Chair Nicole Lockwood with local resident Stephen Woodhouse.

Westport Office established

The Westport Project Office was established in September 2017 to develop the long-term integrated solution to Perth and the South West's ports, freight and logistics needs.

Westport is led by an independent Chair, Nicole Lockwood, who reports directly to the Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands. The Westport Project Office is comprised of expert, multi-disciplinary personnel drawn from key agencies including DoT; PTA; Main Roads WA; Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development; Landgate and Fremantle Ports; as well as the private sector.

Image: Westport Taskforce Chair Nicole Lockwood with local resident Stephen Woodhouse.

New Freight and Ports Directorate formed

The freight functions within the Integrated Transport Planning Directorate have primarily been responsible for the development of the Perth and Peel and regional strategic freight plans and associated work.

With these plans complete and the Westport planning project underway, DoT conducted a review of the future freight functions required based on key deliverables over the next three to five years.

The bolstered Freight Policy area was integrated with the Ports and Maritime Directorate to form the new Freight and Ports Directorate in October 2017.

The integration of the freight and ports functions has provided a coordinated focus for all freight and port matters and allowed greater scope to refocus resources on supply chain solutions, in line with Government priorities.

New Finance and Procurement Services Directorate formed

DoT brought together a range of functions from its Investment and Finance Coordination and Corporate Services Directorates to form the new Finance and Procurement Services Directorate in 2017-18.

The new Directorate is responsible for the provision of strategic and expert financial advice and direction for investment, financial coordination, consistent management of contracts, tendering, purchasing, leasing and fleet functions for the whole of DoT. It ensures capital investment is integrated, prioritised and aligned with both DoT and the Transport Portfolio's plans and Government's objectives.

Structural changes to the Transport Portfolio planned

Inter-agency collaboration remained very high on the Government's agenda following the announcement of Machinery of Government changes and a Service Priority Review. The Transport Portfolio is committed to supporting these reforms that will drive service improvements, cultural change, increase efficiency and heighten accountability for performance.

In 2017-18 the Transport Portfolio Governance Council the Portfolio's executive committee comprising the Director General, Managing Directors and other executives of each agency endorsed a number of structural changes to the Transport Portfolio to establish a more robust planning approach to portfolio projects and enable greater collaboration between the portfolio agencies.

Under the changes, set to take effect from 1 July 2018, DoT's PPI and Transport Services divisions will be brought together under a new Managing Director role.

A new Portfolio Strategic Projects Office, led by a Project Director, will be created to identify and manage strategic projects across the portfolio agencies. These changes aim to improve collaboration across the portfolio to ensure holistic transport planning and service delivery.

  Enabling legislation

DoT was established on 1 July 2009, under the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

  Responsible Minister

Honourable Rita Saffioti BBus MLA
Honourable Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Honourable Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

Ministerial Office:

  • 9th Floor, Dumas House,
    2 Havelock Street,
    West Perth WA 6005
  • Phone: (08) 6552 5500
  • Fax: (08) 6552 5501
  • Email
Opens in a new window Honourable Rita Saffioti, MLA BBus, Minister for Transport; Planning

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Transport Annual Report

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