Data and expertise creating liveable, active cities

Policy development

As the primary organisation leading the move for walkable communities in Australia, Victoria Walks reviews and provides feedback on federal, state and local government policy as well as urban developments.

Recent examples include input to develop the City of Melbourne Transport Strategy refresh and the exciting Active Warrnambool Strategy.

Other examples of commissioned work include:

  • Review of plans for major subdivision in Ballina, NSW (client Intrapac Property)
  • Review of the Maribyrnong Walking Strategy (client Maribyrnong City Council)
  • Input to the Queensland Walking Strategy (client Department of Transport and Main Roads). 

Victoria Walks was contracted by Vision Australia to develop a road safety audit tool that identifies issues with local streets and footpaths that impact pedestrians who are blind or have low vision.

The audit tool was used by volunteers and staff of Vision Australia and Guide Dogs Victoria to assess five local areas of Melbourne and Geelong where people with vision impairment frequently walk. People with vision impairment who walk in those areas were also surveyed. Victoria Walks designed the survey and prepared the report on the audit and survey findings.


Victoria Walks has produced an extensive body of research both in-house and through collaborative partnerships with external consultants.

Major research projects that have been produced entirely in-house include:

We have an exceptional record in gaining extensive mainstream media coverage of our research.

Victoria Walks was commissioned by the Department of Transport in 2020 to conduct research on enforcement and reporting of pedestrian crashes (yet to be published).

For a more comprehensive list of our past research projects please see this link.