The Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act (the Act) came into operation on 1 November 2009. The Act aims to create a 'one stop shop' for assessment, approvals and delivery of major transport projects in Victoria.

You can view the Act on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary documents website.

How the assessment process works (PDF, 68.7 KB)

Assessment pathways

The Act enables a declared project to be assessed using one of two assessment pathways:

Impact Management Plan process (PDF, 15.5 KB)

Impact Management Plan (IMP) – can be applied where the land is wholly owned by a public authority or reserved for a public purpose and certain approvals are either not required or have been granted.

Comprehensive Impact Statement process (PDF, 24.2 KB)

Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS) – can be applied if the project does not meet the criteria for an IMP.

Guidelines

The Minister for Planning has prepared project proposal guidelines in accordance with section 16 of the Act. These guidelines provide guidance on the form and content of project proposals that are required to be prepared by project proponents for declared projects under section 19 of the Act. The guidelines can be downloaded below:

Project Proposal Guidelines (PDF, 41.8 KB)

Declared projects

The Premier assesses the economic, social or environmental significance of a project to the State or a region within it. The assessment is made having regard to the project declaration guidelines. The Premier may declare a transport project to be a declared project to which either the whole Act applies or only the delivery powers apply.

Section 1 of the Western Highway duplication project was declared on 27 March 2012 by the Governor in Council.  The project was declared for the purpose of applying the delivery powers under the MTPF Act (i.e. excluding Parts 3 and 8 of the Act).

You can read more about the Western Highway project here.

The Melbourne Metro Rail project was declared on 4 September 2015 by the Governor in Council. The project was declared for the purpose of applying the delivery powers under the MTPF Act (i.e. excluding Parts 3 and 8 of the Act).

As Project Minister, the Minister for Public Transport appointed the Secretary to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources as Project Proponent.

The Caulfield Dandenong Rail Upgrade Project was declared on 28 July 2016 by the Governor in Council. The project was declared for the purpose of applying the delivery powers under the MTPF Act (i.e. excluding Parts 3 and 8 of the Act).

The Western Distributor project was declared on 15 September 2016 by the Governor in Council. The project was declared for the purpose of applying the assessment, approvals and delivery powers under the Act (i.e. excluding Parts 3 and 8 of the Act).

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