Outcome 1: Integrated transport systems that facilitate economic development

DoT supported the State Government's goals of 'results-based service delivery' and 'State building - major projects' in 2017-18 by striving to achieve and exceed the three outcomes.

  Outcome-based management framework

Under an outcome-based management framework, DoT contributes to two of the State Government's strategic goals:

State Government Strategic Goals DoT Outcomes DoT Services
Future Jobs and Skills
Grow and diversify the economy, create jobs and support skills development

Outcome 1.
Integrated transport systems that facilitate economic development

Service 1: Strategic Transport Policy and Integrated Planning
Strong Communities
Safe communities and supported families
Outcome 2.
Vehicles and road users that meet established vehicle standards and driver competencies to deliver safe vehicles and safe drivers
Service 2: Driver and Vehicle Services
Better Places
A quality environment with liveable and affordable communities and vibrant regions
Outcome 3.
An accessible and safe transport system
Service 3: Coastal Infrastructure
Service 4: Marine Safety
Service 5: On-demand Transport

  Outcome 1: Summary of results against performance targets

Summary of results against performance targets

Key effectiveness indicators 2017-18
Percentage of containerised freight transported via rail in relation to total metropolitan container movements to and from Fremantle Port. 15.8% 16.1%
Percentage of regional Local Government Areas (LGAs) that have access to Regular Public Transport (RPT) air services between the LGA and Perth. 93.5% 91.6%


Service 1: Strategic Transport Policy and Integrated Planning

Key efficiency indicators 2017-18
Average cost per policy hour for strategic transport policy development. $111 $94
Average cost per planning hour for integrated transport planning development. $129 $108



  • The tables are a summary of the 2017-18 DoT Key Performance Indicators (KPI). For more detailed information see the Key Performance Indicators section.
  • Targets as specified in the 2017-18 Budget Statements.
  • Efficiency KPI values are rounded to the nearest dollar.

  Service 1: METRONET gains significant momentum

Aerial view of METRONET tunnel
Aerial view of METRONET tunnel

Investment in rail infrastructure has seen cities around the world thrive. METRONET will transform Perth, not only by connecting the city by rail, but by creating new jobs, reducing congestion and rethinking the way we use station precincts.

METRONET is Perth's most significant public transport program to date, and delivers on the Government's biggest election promise.

It will generate up to 72 kilometres of new passenger rail, 18 new stations and unlock more than 5,000 hectares of land for development to shape Perth into a more compact and urban form.

In a first for WA, transport and land use planning come together in one multi-agency office setting METRONET off in the right direction to secure Perth's growth and success in the future.

Representatives from across the Transport Portfolio are joined by those from other agencies, such as Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; Department of Communities; LandCorp; and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority; in one office.

The team works closely to plan and deliver projects that ensure a high level of public transport service on day one of operations, encourage active transport options, and improve connectivity across our city while being flexible enough to meet future development.

A number of key milestones were achieved in 2017-18, with tunnelling for the Forrestfield-Airport Link underway, business cases and technical analysis completed for a number of sites, and engagement with almost 16,000 Perth people through community events, presentations and public information.

Image: METRONET tunnel construction.

  Service 1: Westport Taskforce established to plan for the State's freight future

Image of Westport team reviewing maps
Image of Westport team reviewing maps

As Western Australia's largest general cargo and only dedicated container port, the Port of Fremantle is a vital piece of economic infrastructure for our State. It is the gateway for most of the imported goods used in our homes and businesses, and a vital link to world markets for our exporters.

Given its economic, commercial and social significance, the State Government is preparing the Westport: Port and Environs Strategy to guide the planning, development and growth of the port over the next 50 to 100 years.

The strategy aims to provide port investors, users and the wider community with increased certainty around the future of the Inner Harbour at Fremantle, and development plans for the Outer Harbour at Kwinana. In addition to port planning and operations, the strategy will outline the required road and rail networks, explore defence and tourism opportunities, and investigate the size and timing of a future port.

The two-year Westport planning project complements DoT's wider set of programs designed to keep freight moving in Western Australia, with initiatives directly related to improving freight transport to and from Fremantle Inner Harbour.

It seeks to identify the expansion of industrial areas and technology parks to support economic development and employment opportunities while protecting our environmental and cultural heritage and amenity.

The Westport Taskforce was established in September 2017, and includes representatives from State and local Government, academia, industry and community organisations. The Taskforce is led by an independent Chair and is supported by an expert Project Team sourced from key agencies.

Following extensive stakeholder and community engagement, the Taskforce released an initial discussion document, Westport: Preparing for the Strategy, in December 2017. The document outlined and sought feedback on the proposed question-based approach to the project. More than 200 responses were received and the findings of this feedback were published in a second report, Westport: What you have told us, in April 2018.

The next report, Westport: What we have found so far, is expected to be released in October 2018, with the final Westport: Port and Environs Strategy, including recommendations for implementation, expected to be presented to the State Government for consideration in late 2019.

Image: Westport staff.

  Service 1: Improving freight transport to and from Fremantle Inner Harbour

Image of cargo ship in Fremantle Inner Harbour
Image of cargo ship in Fremantle Inner Harbour

In 2017-18, DoT implemented a number of initiatives from its strategy aimed at improving the productivity and efficiency of the freight supply chain to the Fremantle Inner Harbour. These included a change to the subsidy rate, activities to better understand industry modal choice and rail use, and greater public information sharing.

From 1 January 2018, the container rail subsidy was increased from $30 per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) to $50 per TEU in an effort to encourage more container freight on rail. As rail container volumes continue to rise under the subsidy, this provides unit cost savings to transporters and also helps reduce port-bound truck movements, which has positive impacts for the community such as decreasing congestion, noise and emissions.

The Fremantle container rail service plays a significant role in managing landside transport efficiency at the port and supports the long-term growth and efficiency of Fremantle Ports. It is anticipated the increased subsidy rate, along with a better shared understanding of how the container rail service operates, will continue to boost growth in rail volumes in 2018-19.

Throughout 2018-19, the department will continue pursuing opportunities to improve the productivity of the supply chain and community amenity, providing environmental benefits like targeted policy and infrastructure improvements.

Image: Fremantle Inner Harbour.

  Service 1: Developing the Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight Strategy

Image of Brookfield Rail line in regional WA
Image of Brookfield Rail line in regional WA

Western Australia's agriculture and food sector represents approximately 10 per cent of the State's economy and continues to grow.

There have been significant changes to the grain export industry in recent years and there is a strong need to identify initiatives to improve agricultural freight supply chains to increase Western Australia's global competitiveness and enhance road safety.

To address this need, in 2017-18 DoT commenced the Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight Strategy. The cross-agency strategy - being prepared in collaboration with the Public Transport Authority, Main Roads WA, and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development - is a holistic, multimodal assessment assisting initiatives and projects to achieve the following objectives:

  • Connected and continuous supply chains;
  • Seamless modal integration;
  • Optimised infrastructure and policy environment;
  • Improved transport efficiency;
  • Improved road safety; and
  • Regional economic growth.

Significant stakeholder consultation was undertaken during May and June 2018. Based on this feedback, as well as internal analysis of freight movements, a series of infrastructure and non-infrastructure initiatives is currently being collated and will be prioritised in-line with the objectives of the strategy.

The draft strategy is expected to be finalised in late 2018.

Image: Brookfield Rail.

  Service 1: Regional airport infrastructure improved

In 2017-18, DoT continued to administer the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) to assist in improving regional Western Australian air services, airport infrastructure and safety. The scheme provided financial assistance for infrastructure projects to eligible owners or lease holders of regional airports accessible to the public.

A total of 18 RADS projects with a combined grant value of $2.1 million and combined project value of almost $14 million, were completed throughout the reporting period.

Funded projects included the development of runways, improving airport terminals, facilities and grounds, along with the completion of planning studies.

The $625,000 Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) Airport upgrade was a key project completed through the scheme in June 2018. Runway widening and upgrades were essential in readiness for the new public air service provider to start on the Perth-Carnarvon-Monkey Mia air route, commencing in July 2018.

Million in RADS funding for 18 projects.

  Service 1: Planning for automated vehicles

Image of automated vehicle
Image of automated vehicle

In 2017-18 DoT continued to work across government to prepare Western Australia for emerging automated vehicle technologies that have the potential to improve safety, productivity and environmental outcomes.

Automated vehicles have one or more of the primary driving controls automated for a sustained period of time, with levels of automation ranging from no automation, where the driver performs all steering, braking and accelerating, through to fully automated vehicles.

Lower level automated vehicles, where automated applications assist the driver, are already available in many new vehicles for sale in Western Australia, with high level automated vehicles anticipated to be available in international markets as early as 2020.

Governments across Australia are aiming to implement an "end-to-end" regulatory system for automated vehicles with DoT leading Western Australia's engagement in this national reform work.

In 2017-18, DoT established a cross-government governance structure, led by the Connected and Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee, as well as a dedicated project team.

The project team focused on developing operational policies for registering and licensing automated vehicles as well as enabling trials of automated vehicles in Western Australia.

In 2018-19, DoT will continue to assist in developing national regulatory reforms and commence drafting the State Government's Connected and Automated Vehicle policy that will address the impacts of automated vehicles on Western Australia's transport system.

Image: Trail automated vehicle.


  Service 1: Planning a safe and connected cycling network for Perth and Peel

Image of cyclists in Perth
Image of cyclists in Perth

In 2017-18, DoT continued to focus on planning for a long term, fully integrated cycling network for the Perth and Peel areas.

DoT held workshops with portfolio partners the PTA and Main Roads WA to confirm a draft network of high quality, safe and comfortable cycling infrastructure along State owned roads and rail corridors.

In 2018-19 DoT will commence work with 33 local government authorities to agree on the wider connections to link Perth's various strategic, secondary, district and specialised activity centres and public transport services.

The aim of the project is to ensure both State and local government are working towards the delivery of one continuous cycling network that will provide multiple transport options, recreational opportunities and support for tourism and commercial activity.

Once the long term network is agreed, it will guide funding allocated through DoT's Perth Bicycle Network Grants Program.

Image: Perth city cyclists.

  Service 1: Harnessing the cycling potential of regional Western Australia

Family cycling at the Busselton Jetty precinct
Family cycling at the Busselton Jetty precinct

There is growing demand for high quality cycling infrastructure in Western Australia's regional centres, with residents expecting a higher level of bicycle connectivity between work, home and other key destinations. In some regions there are also opportunities to improve connectivity between towns. Cycle-tourism, in its various forms, is also increasingly popular and there is significant potential for regional Western Australia to capitalise on this growing industry.

In line with a key recommendation of the Western Australian Bicycle Network (WABN) Plan, DoT commenced work with local governments across regional WA to develop long-term and aspirational cycling strategies.

Throughout 2017-18 DoT partnered with 14 local government authorities to develop five draft strategies covering the Bunbury-Wellington, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, Warren-Blackwood, Greater Geraldton and Esperance regions.

Early work also commenced in Albany and Denmark with the view to address the Pilbara and Kimberley areas in the coming years. By 2020, it is expected every major town in regional WA will have a long term cycling strategy in place.

When complete, each strategy will be accompanied by a short term implementation program to prioritise the delivery of strategic infrastructure and to guide funding allocated through DoT's Regional Bicycle Network Grants Program.

Image: Busselton Jetty family precinct.

  Service 1: Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network grants programs

DoT administers the Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network grants programs.

This program of grants is an important initiative that helps support local government authorities to build continuous infrastructure across local government boundaries. The initiative provides enhanced recreational, commuter and tourism cycling experiences for residents and visitors to Western Australia.

In 2017-18, 37 local governments received a share of more than $4.1 million to further improve Western Australia's bike network through 43 projects adding 20 kilometres of shared path to the network.

Million in grants provided to 37 local governments for 43 projects.

  Service 1: DoT leads the way with safe active streets

Safe Active Streets Program - Shakespear Street
Safe Active Streets Program - Shakespear Street

DoT continued its Safe Active Streets Program, which aims to make cycling safer and easier in Western Australia.

After a successful third year in 2017-18, the program continues to be a key strategy to provide safe cycling routes through suburbs to local amenities including schools, parks and shops. They also connect to other principal shared paths and local bike infrastructure to create a local network of cycle-friendly routes.

Safe active streets are designed to create safe and comfortable riding environments for bike riders with all levels of experience. They are located on quiet local streets, where speeds have been reduced to 30km per hour to allow people in cars and on bikes to share the street safely.

In 2017-18 construction commenced on the second stage of Perth's first safe active street, the Shakespeare Street Bike Boulevard in Mount Hawthorn. Eight safe active street projects in the metropolitan areas of Stirling, Bassendean, Canning, Melville, Nedlands, Victoria Park and Wanneroo, as well as regionally in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, progressed through varying stages of design and community consultation.

In 2018-19, DoT will continue to work in partnership with local government authorities to deliver the Safe Active Streets Program as well as introduce an evaluation program to monitor its effectiveness.

Image: Shakespeare Street Bike Boulevard.

  Service 1: Your Move roll out continues

Image of family using public transport
Image of family using public transport

DoT's Your Move Program contributes to the management of congestion and improves the health and wellbeing of the community by providing people with the information and support they need to find alternative, active ways to get to and from work, school and around their local area.

The program has proven successful in recent years, with Your Move Wanneroo delivered to households, schools and local businesses in the City of Wanneroo, resulting in a 5.5 per cent reduction in car trips per participant.

In 2017-18, DoT continued building on the success of the program by delivering Your Move Central to nine workplaces in the Perth CBD, as well as 883 residents and two schools in the Town of Victoria Park.

DoT will partner with another local government in the second half of 2018, to deliver the Your Move program to residents, workplaces and schools in the local community throughout 2018-19.

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