Outcome 3: Integrated transport systems

DoT supported the State Government's goals of 'results-based service delivery' and 'State building - major projects' in 2016-17 by striving to achieve and exceed the three outcomes.

Outcome 1: An accessible and safe transport system.

Outcome 2: Vehicles and road users that meet established vehicle standards and driver competencies to deliver safe vehicles and safe drivers.

Outcome 3: Integrated transport systems that facilitate economic development.

  Outcome 3: Summary of results against performance targets

Summary of results against performance targets

Key effectiveness indicators 2016-17
Percentage of containerised freight transported via rail in relation to total metropolitan container movements to and from Fremantle Port. 15% 15.2%
Percentage of regional airports receiving scheduled regular public transport (RPT) air services. 93.5% 93.5%


Service 5: Strategic Transport Policy and Integrated Planning

Key efficiency indicators 2016-17
Average cost per policy hour for strategic transport policy development. $106 $96
Average cost per planning hour for integrated transport planning development. $115 $118



  • The tables are a summary of the 2016-17 DoT Key Performance Indicators (KPI). For more detailed information see the Key Performance Indicators section.
  • Targets as specified in the 2016-17 Budget Statements.
  • Efficiency KPI values are rounded to the nearest dollar.

  Service 5: Air services between Kununurra and Halls Creek trialled

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Halls Creek is one of the most isolated major population centres in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Through consultation with key stakeholders in the Kimberley, DoT identified the need for subsidised public air services between Halls Creek and Kununurra and contributed funding towards a 12 month trial of these services operating three days per week.

The trial, which commenced on 1 July 2016, has given residents in Halls Creek and surrounding communities the opportunity for greater access to services available in the larger centre of Kununurra.

DoT played a key stakeholder facilitation role in the ongoing management of the trial in line with its commitment to provide safe, affordable, efficient and effective aviation services to support the economic and social development of Western Australia.

In April 2017, the Minister for Transport approved the extension of the trial for a further 12 months to gauge the route's long term feasibility and community support. DoT will continue to monitor its impact over this period.

  Service 5: Aircraft licence exemptions reduced regulatory burden

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DoT licenses aircraft, under the Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 and Transport Coordination Regulations 1985, to allow:

  • Regulation of low passenger routes to enable a single operator to supply Regular Public Transport (RPT) air services in a viable manner.
  • Monitoring of the State's RPT airports to assess whether closed charter flights, arising from fly-in fly-out operations, may be affecting the viability of public passenger RPT air services.

In 2016-17, DoT reduced the regulatory burden for all parties by only licensing aircraft that required regulation or monitoring, rather than all aircraft.

This change significantly reduced the number of aircraft operators requiring a licence from 56 to 14.

Aircraft licence periods were also extended from one to up to five years. This change further reduced the cost of regulation while still allowing DoT to continue to focus on the regulation of marginal RPT air routes throughout Western Australia.

  Service 5: Freight transport network planning continued

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DoT continued to plan and address the metropolitan freight transport network priorities outlined in the Perth Freight Transport Network Plan.

These priorities will allow the network to manage future demand and ensure the State's businesses are able to trade freely and efficiently in the domestic and global marketplaces.

Kwinana Industrial Area

In the last financial year, DoT developed the Kwinana Loop Railway proposal that provided an alternative rail access corridor to the Kwinana Industrial Area. The proposal aimed to improve the rail capacity for the freight trains serving the Kwinana Industrial Area over the next twenty years.

In 2016-17, DoT conducted extensive work including consulting with key stakeholders to identify and assess a number of railway corridor options and compare these to the original Kwinana Loop Railway proposal.

Two feasible rail corridor options have been identified and DoT will continue to work with its portfolio partners, the freight and logistics industry, local government and the community to reach final agreement on the best rail option.

Intermodal Terminal Planning

Work undertaken by DoT in the Perth Freight Transport Network Plan identified the need for strategically located intermodal freight terminals (IMT) in the Latitude 32 Industrial Zone and Bullsbrook to cater for interstate and international container movements.

DoT in consultation with key stakeholders, developed a concept and land requirement plan for the Latitude 32 IMT during 2016-17. This plan will now be incorporated into the planning process for the proposed Fremantle Outer Harbour as the location of the IMT will be dependent on the location and layout of the new port facilities.

In Bullsbrook, DoT has identified a site and completed a concept plan for an IMT. The WAPC has declared a Planning Control Area over the site to provide interim protection until there are more detailed plans for surrounding land uses and transport connections. After further land use planning is completed, the next step will be to seek agreement from the WAPC to protect the site as a Metropolitan Region Scheme reserve.

  Service 5: Over $40 million invested to keep Central Perth moving

DoT continued to administer the Perth Parking Licensing Account (PPLA) to invest revenue from the Perth Parking Levy in transport initiatives in the Perth Parking Management Area.

In 2016-17, a total of $41.7 million from the PPLA was invested in the following projects and services aimed at improving the transport network for those travelling to, from and within central Perth:

  • Providing free public transport within the Free Transit Zone.
  • Providing the free Central Area Transit (CAT) bus system.
  • Contributing to funding of the Incident Response Service and clearway towing to assist the flow of traffic in central Perth.
  • Contributing to the construction of the final section of the Roe Street Principal Shared Path between Fitzgerald and Milligan Streets to improve east-west connectivity.
  • Contributing to the construction of the Perth Busport, opened in July 2016.
  • Replacing 10 CAT buses through the CAT bus replacement program.
  • Contributing to the construction of the Northbridge bus layover.
  • Contributing to the Your Move Central travel behaviour change program.

In 2017-18, DoT will work with stakeholders to review the Central Area Transport Plan 2025. The new plan will set a vision for further development of the transport network in central Perth and will include a five year investment program for an integrated suite of transport related infrastructure and initiatives.

Million from the PPLA was invested in projects and services.

  Service 5: Rail subsidy provided

As an incentive to increase the use of rail transport, DoT provides a subsidy for eligible containers moved on the rail service between Kewdale/Forrestfield and Fremantle Port.

Increasing container transport by rail reduces the number of containers being transported on key arterial roads across the metropolitan area, thereby reducing traffic congestion and noise while improving amenity and road safety.

The subsidy is paid to the operator of the North Quay Rail Terminal at the Fremantle Port Inner Harbour and is passed on directly and in full to customers.

Even with challenging economic conditions which favour road transport in 2016-17, the rail service transported 108,422 twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs), or 15.2 per cent of the containers handled at Fremantle Port, compared to 14.6 per cent in 2015-16.

DoT has also commenced work to restructure the rail subsidy to implement the increased funding and per container subsidy committed by the State Government.

Twenty foot units transported by rail.

  Service 5: Regional airport infrastructure improved

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In 2016-17, DoT continued to administer the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) to improve Western Australian 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 24 RADS projects with a combined grant value of $4.5 million and a combined project value of $13 million, were completed throughout the reporting period.

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

The $3.7 million Carnarvon Airport redevelopment was a key project completed through the scheme in November 2016.

The project included $1.25 million in RADS funding and $1.25 million in funding from the Commonwealth Government's Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program. Works included reconstructing the runway, taxiway and apron subgrade as well as updating runway lighting to improve the condition of the main runway and will reduce maintenance costs over the next 10 years.

DoT played a key facilitation role between the Shire of Carnarvon and the Commonwealth Government to overcome a range of complex engineering issues involved in the project.

Image: Carnarvon Airport runway.

Million in RADS funding for 24 projects.

  Service 5: Regional communities received regular air services

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DoT continued to ensure the following regional communities in Western Australia received regular air services by regulating these five routes under deeds of agreement with the State Government in 2016-17.

Perth-Carnarvon-Monkey Mia and Perth-Northern Goldfields regulated air routes

Skippers Aviation continued to provide Regular Public Transport (RPT) air services on the regulated air routes of Carnarvon/Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields (Leonora, Laverton/Meekatharra, Mt Magnet, and Wiluna). Skippers operated 10 return services to Carnarvon and four return services to Monkey Mia from Perth per week as well as three return services per week to each of the Northern Goldfields towns from Perth.

As part of the deed, Skippers is required to meet or exceed the Controllable On Time Performance (OTP) benchmark of 80 per cent, whereby aircraft departures and arrivals are within 15 minutes of scheduled times. For the reporting period, Skippers achieved excellent OTP of between 82 and 94 per cent on all routes.

In early 2017, the Minister for Transport approved DoT to undertake a competitive tender process for the Carnarvon-Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields air routes. The tender process for the provision of RPT air services beyond July 2018, commenced in June 2017 and is expected to be completed in early 2018.

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Perth-Albany and Perth-Esperance regulated air routes

Regional Express (Rex) operated 23 Regular Public Transport (RPT) air services to Albany and 18 return services to Esperance from Perth per week under a five year deed of agreement with the State Government.

For the reporting period, Rex achieved excellent OTP of 93 per cent for Albany and 92 per cent for Esperance, exceeding the 2015-16 Australian OTP industry average of 86.4 per cent.

In mid-2016 Rex introduced a Community Airfare on the Perth-Albany and Perth-Esperance routes as a result of a partnership agreement between Rex, Perth Airport and the local governments as the owners of the respective airports. The Community airfare on both routes was set at $129 inclusive of all fees and charges. The Rex Community Airfare was available for all unsold seats 24 hours before flight departure and for passengers booking a flight more than 60 days in advance.

DoT played a key facilitation role in encouraging the local government to embrace the partnership agreement which enabled the community fare and this agreement has now been extended until 30 June 2020. Partnership agreements between an airline and airport operator have not previously occurred in Western Australia.

Images: top - Carnarvon, bottom - Esperance foreshore

  Service 5: Strategic case for Stirling City Centre transport infrastructure finalised

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In 2016-17, DoT finalised its strategic planning for new transport infrastructure for the Stirling City Centre (SCC).

The planning was based on major modelling of eight transport network options to support future planning aspirations outlined in the SCC Structure Plan, as well as stakeholder consultation on the preferred network.

It outlined the following key infrastructure to improve traffic flow and manage congestion:

  • Construction of Stephenson Boulevard from Scarborough Beach Road to Cedric Street including a bridge over the Mitchell Freeway with on and off ramps to the freeway.
  • New connecting roads to provide better connectivity across the network.
  • Changes to key roads such as an extension to Hutton Street and connecting both sides of McDonald Street over the freeway via a new bridge.
  • Bus lanes on Scarborough Beach Road (suitable for an upgrade to light rail in the future).
  • Improvements to the train and bus interchange facilities.

The Executive Coordinating Committee for the planning project, that includes State Government and City of Stirling Executive Officers, approved the strategic plan in November 2016 and has since agreed on a governance plan to implement the proposed infrastructure in the coming years as funding becomes available.

  Service 5: Transport @ 3.5 Million set vision for Perth's transport network

Image of Perth CBD - St Georges Terrace

In February 2017 DoT released Transport @ 3.5 Million: Perth and Peel Transport Plan for 3.5 Million People and Beyond.

Transport @ 3.5 million set the vision for a generational change to Perth's transport network. It identified long-term infrastructure requirements, network optimisation strategies and travel demand management strategies needed to keep Perth moving as it grows towards a population of 3.5 million people.

In developing the plan, DoT worked in partnership with the PTA and Main Roads as well as other State Government agencies and academics from the Planning and Transport Research Centre of Western Australia.

During a three month consultation period, from July to September 2016, a total of 691 submissions were received and more than 30 presentations were made to local government authorities and stakeholder organisations.

The plan was then revised to include key findings and made publically available on the DoT website.

DoT will continue to review and revise the plan as new information becomes available, with subsequent versions to include METRONET enhancements and align with the latest information from the sub-regional planning frameworks and Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions.

  Service 5: Your Move reduced car trips and improved community health and wellbeing

DoT's Your Move Schools program achieved an 11 per cent reduction in car trips and a 24 per cent increase in active transport trips among participants in 2016-17.

Reduction in car trips.

Increase in active transport trips.

Image of Your Move program school students

DoT's Your Move Program contributes to the management of congestion and improvement of 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 over 10,500 households as well as schools and local businesses in the City of Wanneroo, resulting in a 5.5 per cent reduction in car trips per participant.

In 2016-17, DoT continued to build on the success of the program by delivering Your Move Central to nine workplaces in the Perth CBD and up to 1,500 residents and two schools in the Town of Victoria Park.

Your Move Central focuses on reducing car trips, spreading peak period travel and optimising the use and efficiency of new and existing transport infrastructure to enhance central Perth's liveability.

The roll-out of the first stage of the program, which commenced in April 2017, will continue in 2017-18 and the design and delivery insights gained will inform the broader roll-out of stages two and three planned for 2018-19 and beyond.

In addition to delivering Your Move Central, DoT continued to support workplaces, local governments and schools in 2016-17.

Through its Your Move Workplaces program DoT assisted 47 workplaces to reduce car trips by encouraging staff and customers to use more active, sustainable transport options.

Similarly, through its Your Move Local Government program, DoT supported a network of dedicated officers to champion active and sustainable transport in 16 local governments and five institutions around the State. As part of the 2016-17 program, DoT made a contribution to the City of Albany that enabled them to engage an officer to significantly progress its vision towards becoming a regional cycle-friendly city in line with its Cycle City Albany Strategy.

DoT's Your Move Schools program achieved an 11 per cent reduction in car trips and a 24 per cent increase in active transport trips among participants in 2016-17. Participants were encouraged to walk, cycle, scoot and catch public transport to and from 35 primary schools around the State. In 2016-17 the program was expanded to include five secondary schools with new classroom resources aligned with the Western Australian curriculum for years eight to 10.

Further, DoT continued to integrate Your Move Schools with its Connecting Schools grants program to ensure schools maximise the use of funded facilities such as new and upgraded bicycle infrastructure and end of trip facilities.

In order to better support all Your Move program participants as well as the wider community, DoT launched a new Your Move website in April 2017 (link below). The customer centric website provides residents, workplaces, local governments and schools with one single point of digital access to walking, cycling and public transport resources and information. It includes new and refreshed "how to" resources as well as a journey planner, reward scheme, automated online survey tool and a blogging platform that enables program participants to share their story.

Image: Your Move Schools Program

Opens in a new window Your Move

  Service 5: Western Australia's first bike boulevards delivered to improve safety

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DoT continued trialling bike boulevards as part of its Safe Active Streets Program, which aims to make cycling safer and easier in Western Australia.

The boulevards are seen as a key strategy to overcome cyclists' fear of sharing the road with motorists, which is a major barrier to cycling participation.

Bike boulevards 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 2016-17, the following pilot projects, were initiated in collaboration with the Cities of Vincent, Bayswater and Belmont, progressed to varying stages of completion:

  • Shakespeare Street Bike Boulevard, Mount Hawthorn Construction of Stage 1 between Green Street and Scarborough Beach Road was completed in November 2016 and planning for Stage 2 commenced.
  • Leake Street and May Street Bike Boulevard, Bayswater Construction of Stage 1 between the Swan River foreshore and Adelphi Street was completed in June 2017 and planning for Stages 2 and 3 between Adelphi Street and the Morley Strategic Centre has begun with construction set to commence in late 2017-18.
  • Surrey Road, Belmont Construction of Stages 1 and 2 between Great Eastern Highway and Leach Highway commenced and the design and construction of the Stage 3 Great Eastern Highway underpass improvement works is set to commence in 2017-18.

In addition, another five local government authorities received funding for planning and concept design of bike boulevards. To assist in sharing and building knowledge between these and other organisations, DoT hosted the first National Safe Active Streets Workshop in Perth in March 2017.

In 2017-18, 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.


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