Transport is a critically important issue for local communities and therefore for local councils.
Local roads comprise 85% by length of Australia's road network. They are the essential means of accessing homes, businesses, health, education and community services and recreational opportunities, and are thus a vital component of the infrastructure of our local communities.
Provision of transport services in Australia is facing substantial challenges. It is estimated that by 2020, Australia's total freight task will almost double; urban passenger trips will increase by about a third; and non-urban passenger travel could rise by about 70%. This growth will place much greater demands on local transport infrastructure and the safety margins of our road system.
In meeting these needs, local government is a crucial partner in the efficient and effective planning, funding and delivery of road services. Roads and transport have always been and will continue to be a very high priority for local government and ALGA.
ALGA represents local government's interest in national transport. The key Ministerial council is the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI). ALGA is a full member of SCOTI and is represented on all the relevant associated officials groups.
This 'Transport' section of the ALGA website outlines the main areas of ALGA's activity in transport policy and programs, and contacts and links to other relevant transport groups or information sources.
The following organisations provide significant programs and information on roads and transport of relevance to local government.