12. Who can apply for retired trams?
Applications from any person or organisation in the world will be considered. Selection criteria have been developed to guide the process of selecting applicants for retired trams. Commercial, private and interstate applicants are expected to pay for a tram. Successful applicants from community, museum, public and not-for-profit organisations in Victoria will be gifted the tram.
13. Are schools considered as a community organisation?
Primary and secondary schools (both public and private) are considered community organisations.
14. Will I have the opportunity to view the allocated tram before accepting it?
Once the trams have been allocated, successful applicants will be given the opportunity to view the tram at an appropriate time.
15. How will the tram be allocated?
The decision to allocate a particular tram will be conducted by an expert panel appointed by VicTrack. The tram to be allocated will be based on its intended use and requested delivery time frame against the current operational status and condition.
16. Will I have the opportunity to swap the allocated tram for another?
Any request to swap the allocated tram for another will not be considered.
17. What if I don’t want the tram that was allocated?
The tram will be withdrawn and placed back into the tram pool. It will be then be offered to other applicants. No other tram will be offered and your application will be withdrawn.
18. If I apply for a specific part, am I guaranteed to get it?
Requests for parts may not be able to be fulfilled. A particular part may not be available or may be needed for museum tram restorations. Bells and destination scrolls are not available.
19. Am I guaranteed to receive the specific tram I want?
Individual requests for a particular tram may not be able to be fulfilled. Your request will be considered through an EOI process where applications will be scored against a selection criteria. However, the tram to be allocated will be based on the intended use of the tram and requested delivery time frame against the current operational status and condition of the tram.
20. I want to obtain a tram for my own private use, will I stand a good chance in receiving one?
Applicants providing accessibility to the general public will be preferred and weighted accordingly.
21. If I have previously expressed interest in acquiring a tram, do I have to reapply?
All parties who have previously expressed interest in acquiring one of Victoria’s retired trams will need to apply to the current EOI process.
22. Are art trams included in the EOI?
Art trams – trams designed by prominent local artists – are not available in the EOI. These trams will be offered to the artist, the artist’s estate or an organisation endorsed by the artist or artist’s estate.
23. Am I guaranteed to receive the Tram in the timeframe I requested?
The allocation panel will strive to select a tram that best suits your intended use and the requested delivery timeframe. However, the allocation panel will attempt to accommodate your requested timeframe which will be broken into four 6-month increments over a two year period.
24. What are the current conditions of the trams to be allocated?
A comprehensive audit of each tram was completed in 2017. This audit graded each tram by operational status and general condition. The trams to be allocated are:
- Non-operational, mostly complete, original equipment, with wheels and chassis;
- Non-operational, incomplete, modern equipment, with wheels and chassis;
- Non-operational, incomplete, original equipment, with wheels and chassis;
- Non-operational, incomplete, modern equipment, without wheels and chassis; and
- Non-operational, incomplete, original equipment, without wheels and chassis.
25. Can I put forward an application for more than one tram?
The number of trams assigned to any one applicant may be capped at the discretion of the allocation panel.
26. How will the selection panel determine if I am to receive a tram?
The independent selection panel will make recommendations of preferred applicants based on selection criteria, with oversight by an independent probity advisor. All scoring will be anonymous to ensure that each member of the panel has no way of knowing the identity of the applicant.