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Community panel drives research into transport network pricing

Infrastructure Victoria has today published its response to the recommendations of the community panel it convened to consider changing the way Victorians pay for the transport network.

The panel of 38 Victorians worked together over four weeks to consider the question: Under what conditions, if any, would the community accept a change in the way Victorians pay for roads and public transport?

The community panel detailed eight conditions under which they would accept a change to the way they paid for roads and public transport.

The panel’s conditions included some strong feedback on the importance of fairness, equity and transparency when considering such a complex reform.

Infrastructure Victoria Chief Executive Officer Michel Masson said the independent authority would now undertake further research to examine the implications of all eight panel recommendations.

 “The panel’s report provided invaluable insights into the issues we need to examine further in order to make recommendations to government about how pricing could be implemented in Victoria,” Mr Masson said.

Mr Masson said the community feedback was a crucial component of Infrastructure Victoria’s work.

“We can’t develop strong recommendations to government on difficult reforms such as transport network pricing without community input.

“It’s essential that we involve the community in the infrastructure decisions that will affect them,” Mr Masson said.  

“We offer our sincere thanks to all the community panel members who gave up their time to make a valuable contribution about how the state’s infrastructure is managed.”

About the community panel

The panel was made up of 38 people who were independently recruited through a process that combined random selection and stratification to ensure it included a cross section of the community.

The panel wrote and delivered the report after a four week deliberative process. This included three face-to-face meetings and two webinars. The panel heard from a number of experts on various topics related to transport network pricing. The report consisted of eight conditions under which they would accept a change. The report also included a series of ‘minority reports’, or conditions that did not make the final list but that the panel wanted to include.

The community panel’s report and Infrastructure Victoria’s response is available at infrastructurevictoria.com.au

Media contact: Jo Davie 0411 790 073 media@infrastructurevictoria.com.au