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Transport Planning and Policy Perspectives

New Perspectives and Methods in Transport and Social Exclusion Research

ISBN: 978-1-78-052200-5, eISBN: 978-1-78-052201-2

Publication date: 20 October 2011


Purpose — This chapter considers how transport policy and planning has been developing in Victoria in tandem with the research program described elsewhere in this book. Developments in policy and planning are discussed with particular regard to transport disadvantage and social inclusion.

Methodology — The chapter commences by providing a policy and planning context in terms of the geography and demography of travel needs, the relevant jurisdictional responsibilities in Australia and the policy history. It then describes the evolution of transport policy in the past decade and outlines the way in which the findings of this research are being incorporated into the development of programs and projects to support social inclusion. Additionally, some key policy challenges are outlined, at least some of which may provide fruitful areas for undertaking further research to support the development of future policies and programs.

Findings — The results show that applied research can be a highly successful endeavour, particularly when policy and planning perspectives are integrated into the development of the research design and strong collaboration is an ongoing feature of the research program.



The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance of a number of people in preparing this chapter. The information on household expenditures was provided through a special consultancy undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics at the request of the Victorian Department of Transport, through the activities of a specially convened Subcommittee on Transport and Housing Affordability, which ran for two years from late 2008, and the authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of ABS out-posted officers, Frank Sortino and Lohan Fernando, in scoping and progressing a series of data requests.

Several colleagues from the Victorian Department of Transport assisted with preparation of charts and figures, including John Farthing, Kalu Ribush, Stephen Roddis, Theva Thevathasan, Joshua Stewart, Linus Baltutis and Roshni Reddy. Emily Simatos provided administrative support relating to the hosting of meetings over the course of the research project and also, together with Alison Smith, provided constructive feedback on this chapter. Assistance with typing and formatting was provided by Jo-Anne Rasmussen. Some information on population and demographic information was sourced from or verified by David Sykes and Vivian Tee, from the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development.


Morris, J. and Kinnear, R. (2011), "Transport Planning and Policy Perspectives", Currie, G. (Ed.) New Perspectives and Methods in Transport and Social Exclusion Research, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 241-276.



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