The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has welcomed Victorian Budget measures unveiled by Treasurer Tim Pallas, which will improve the state’s road and rail infrastructure, address skills shortages in the transport industry and increase skills and training through licensing reform.
Key measures include:
- $780 million to fund maintenance of the state’s road network, including $101 million for regional roads and major freight routes.
- $383 million to operate new transportation infrastructure delivered as part of the Big Build, including the removal of level crossings, rail extensions, station upgrades, and road and bridge upgrades.
- $263 million to implement Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 and first three-year Road Safety Action Plan.
- $181 million to invest in critical maintenance work on freight lines in regional Victoria to increase safety, reliability and improve rail freight logistics, as well as $3.5 million to continue the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme (MSIS) and $6.1 million in planning for the new Western Intermodal Freight Terminal at Truganina.
- $21.5 million to fund much-needed licensing reform.
VTA CEO Peter Anderson praised the Government of Victoria for continuing to invest in new road and rail transport infrastructure and for its measures to increase the attractiveness of careers in the freight transport industry.
“The freight industry has not halted or missed a beat during the pandemic despite a labor shortage that has added to supply chain pressures felt across the economy,” he said. -he declares.
“We commend the government for recognizing and acting on the supply chain headwinds facing our industry, in particular the need to reform our licensing system to be able to attract and retain new highly qualified and skilled people in industry.”
Anderson said the $21.5 million licensing reform budget is an important part of making the transportation industry a more attractive profession, which he says is the state leader. .
“Victoria is leading the country with its licensing reforms, which is a credit to the Victorian government’s recognition of the importance of the transport industry to the state’s economy,” he said. declared.
“The budget contains a series of measures aimed at improving infrastructure, with all operators to benefit from the productivity and efficiency gains made possible by investments in new roads and railways and stronger bridges. We commend the government for listening and acting on the needs of our industry.