About Us

The Transport Portfolio

The transport portfolio isn't just about roads, boats, planes or trains.

It's about people.

People who need to get to work, home and everywhere in between and businesses that rely on road, rail, air and sea to deliver billions of dollars in goods and services each year.

An integrated and optimised transport network will give the Western Australian Community more choice and improve the quality of our lives and our environment.

Since 2010, WA's three key transport agencies - Main Roads, Department of Transport and Public Transport Authority - have worked together to enhance the coordination of operations and develop unified policies and regulatory functions.

The agencies each have different responsibilities and together they strive to provide world-class outcomes for our customers, all West Australians and visitors to our state, through integrated transport systems and services.


World Class Transport

Connecting People and Places

“I am delighted to present the Transport Portfolio’s Connecting People and Places document. The achievements and projects included represent the combined efforts of more than 4.500 dedicated people within the Transport Portfolio during 2018-19.”

Richard Sellers, Director General Transport

Collaboration is vital to the work that the Transport Portfolio undertakes and in the 2018-9 Connecting People and Places document you will find a range of compelling and tangible examples of cross agency collaboration on some of WA’s most significant transport projects.

Connecting People and Places also provides an overview of the Transport Portfolio’s operations, our key projects and achievements from the past financial year and the objectives, trends and influences that are helping to guide our work in the future.

Open Connecting People and Places 2018-19 PDF


Our agencies

Main Roads

Representing one of the world's most expansive road networks, we are committed to working cooperatively and productively across all levels of government, to ensure our road network meets the needs of the community, industry and stakeholders.

We are responsible for delivering and management of a safe and efficient main road network in WA through operations including:

  • Building the state's major government road infrastructure projects;
  • Providing infrastructure and operations that improve road efficiency resulting in improvements in traffic and freight levels of service;
  • Maintaining the state's major government roads, bridges, verges and reserves;
  • Using technology to optimise the real-time management of the network and providing traveller information; and
  • Improving community amenity through the development and roadside stopping places, the incorporation or public art into infrastructure and understanding the needs of all transport users.

Department of Transport

The Department of Transport's key focus is on delivering a range of transport services and strategic planning and policy across the range of public and commercial transport systems that service WA.

The Department co-ordinates and prioritises the transport related infrastructure that allows our economy to grow, planning to connect people with good and services through an intricate system of roads, railways, airports, ports and waterways as well as educating and regulating those networks to keep West Australians safe.

Their services include:

  • Providing driver and vehicle services (licensing);
  • Regulating the Western Australian On-demand Transport industry;
  • Managing marine safety, coastal protection and facilities; and
  • State-wide transport planning.

For further information, please visit Department of Transport website.

Public Transport Authority

The Public Transport Authority continually plans and follows through on WA's public transport priorities which have contributed to our system being recognised as one of the finest in the country.

They are responsible for providing customer-focussed, safe and cost-effective passenger transport services such as:

  • Designing, building and maintaining transport infrastructure;
  • Providing rail, bus and ferry services in the metropolitan area (Transperth);
  • Providing public transport services in regional centres;
  • Providing coach and rail passenger services to regional areas (Transwa); and
  • Providing school bus services.

For further information, please visit Public Transport Authority website.



METRONET is the long term plan to connect our suburbs, reduce road congestion and meet Perth's future planning needs.

This is Perth’s most ambitious program of rail projects and Stage One will deliver approximately 72 kilometres of new passenger rail and up to 18 new stations.

A team from across WA Government is working together to consider what people need for work, living and recreation within these future urban centres with a train station at its heart.

Find out more now on the METRONET website.

Modified: 12 Nov 2019