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smarter travel @ work

What is smarter travel @ work?

Smarter travel @ work program supports businesses to adopt safer, greener and more active travel options for both business and commute travel. There is no cost to a workplace to participate in the program.

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Steps for smarter travel @ work

Workplace submits an Expression of Interest to participate

The Department and the workplace meet to discuss interest in participating.

If the workplace is interested, The Department will write to the workplace. The workplace confirms their 'expression of interest' by signing and returning the letter from the Department.

By signing the letter the workplace agrees to be an active participant in smarter travel @ work and to implement suitable travel initiatives identified though the departmental survey.

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The Department surveys the Workplace

The Department provides a survey template, which is distributed electronically to staff at an agreed time.  If electronic distribution is not suitable other options are available and will be discussed.

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Survey results outlined to workplace by the Department

The Department collates the survey results and presents the key findings back to the workplace.  This includes recommendations on initiatives that are likely to be successful.

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Workplace wants to participate and identifies initiatives to implement

The workplace then determines which initiatives to deliver. The department can assist in scoping, costing and refining initiatives.

The workplace identifies human resources and budget required to implement initiatives.

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Workplace joins the network

The workplace can access additional resources to support them through the process of surveying staff and implementing actions. Networking opportunities are also available to participating workplaces.

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Workplace implements initiatives

Participating workplaces can apply for a grant through the Department's Community Grants Program.  Go to the Grants page for more information on the application process, ideas from previous recipients and how to apply for the next round.

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The Department re-surveys Workplace to measure achievements

After the workplace completes its actions or projects, staff are re-surveyed. This second survey is specifically designed to measure success. The survey will provide results on:

  • Changes in car use and other modes
  • Changes in perception
  • Participation in initiatives
  • Future opportunities/ideas.

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Workplace wants to continue in the program

The workplace has been successful and wishes to continue with the program.

Following the second survey the workplace may decide they wish to continue to deliver initiatives to achieve safer, greener or more active travel. The survey results along with other evidence can be used to identify further opportunities.

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Review initiatives, develop new actions and continue to deliver

The workplace continues to participate with less need for departmental support.

What do I need to do?

What are the benefits of participating in the smarter travel @ work program?

Benefits to your workplace:

  • cost savings (fleet, parking and/or time)
  • improve health and wellbeing for staff
  • contribute to corporate social responsibility or environmental objectives
  • reduce risk and staff exposure to road crashes
  • relieve parking pressure.

Benefits to employees:

  • improve health and fitness
  • decrease fuel, parking and vehicle maintenance costs
  • avoid the stress of driving
  • make better use of commuting time
  • improve social networks
  • increase time spent outdoors
  • contribute to a cleaner environment.

How do I become involved in the smarter travel @ work program?

To get involved contact us at We will then get in touch to discuss the process and how your organisation might benefit from smarter travel @ work. Interested workplaces will then need to confirm the support of management. As soon as we have this, we will get to work organising your staff survey.

How do I know that the smarter travel @ work program will be a good fit for my workplace?

smarter travel @ work is designed to meet the particular needs of the individual workplace. We survey your staff and profile your workplace and only recommend initiatives that we think will work at your workplace. Your organisation then decides what changes/ideas to implement.

To what do workplaces need to commit?

To be eligible to participate in the smarter travel @ work program, workplaces need to return an expression of interest signed by a senior manager to confirm management support. This commits the workplace to undertaking a staff travel survey, based on which we will recommend initiatives for the workplace to consider. The workplace can then choose to implement one or more of these initiatives over a period of 12 to 18 months, after which we will re-survey the workplace to evaluate the success of these initiatives.

On average, how much HR time will I need to allocate towards undertaking initiatives?

How much time you need to devote to the smarter travel @ work program will depend on what initiatives and actions your workplace undertakes. Many initiatives, for example publishing intranet guides identifying available transport options, require some work upfront and then require minimal review. Some initiatives such as a carpooling program, may involve long term human resourcing. What you take on, is up to you.

A proportion of the work will be carried out by the Department. This includes surveying, evaluating, reporting and providing advice on delivering initiatives.

Information for Councils

The Department works in partnership with Councils to deliver travel behaviour change programs across the State.

Councils are involved in smarter travel @ work in a number of ways:

  • provide useful contacts and links to workplaces within their council area
  • promote program through Council networks, publications and website
  • lead by example - Council itself goes through the process & implements initiatives
  • attend meetings with the Department to visit workplaces.

The potential benefits to Councils to being involved include:

  • reducing congestion in local communities
  • increasing cycling, walking and use of public transport
  • opportunity to assist local businesses and workplaces
  • opportunity to work with State Government to achieve Council's strategic goals
  • access to grants for councils and workplaces.

To learn more about how your Council can become involved in this program email

Workplace submits an expression of interest to participate. DPTI surveys Workplace Survey results outlined to workplace by DPTI Workplace wants to participate and identifies initiatives to implement Workplace joins the network Review initiatives, develop new actions and continue to deliver Workplace wants to continue in the program DPTI re-surveys Workplace to measure achievements Workplace implements initiatives

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