Austroads’ most important relationships are with its member organisations. However, Austroads also works closely with other organisations in the road industry and specifically with the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee, ARRB Group, the National Transport Commission and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional and Economics.
Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee
In March 2013 Austroads and the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee (TISOC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement a closer collaborative relationship for delivering national reform projects.
National Transport Commission
In October 2013 the National Transport Commission (NTC) and Austroads signed an agreement to form a common line of action on road transport issues.
Among the key areas of cooperation will be joint work to help prepare Australia for the introduction of co-operative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS). This new technology has potential to radically improve road safety by enabling vehicles and surrounding infrastructure to exchange information about the location, speed and direction of other road users also using C-ITS.
The MOU will also ensure the ongoing collaboration between Austroads and the NTC on medical standards for licensing private and commercial vehicle drivers. The published Guidelines are an essential tool for health professionals assessing a patient’s fitness to drive. Driver health plays a key role in road safety. As the Australian population ages, these standards will become an increasingly influential road safety tool.
NTC will work with Austroads to identify research opportunities and help develop Austroads strategic plan and annual work program. Austroads will have input into developing the NTC’s policies on transport regulation and operational reform, mainly through research projects.
Austroads and ARRB exist to serve the needs of the Australian and New Zealand road agencies and the road industry more generally. The two organisations work together collaboratively to maximise the benefits they can provide their members and other stakeholders.
Centre for Pavement Engineering Education
In 2013 Austroads, the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) and the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) signed a joint three-year memorandum of understanding to support the work of the CPEE.
The MOU will help to ensure the teaching units offered by CPEE remain current and continue to reflect best practice.