The World Road Association is a non-profit organisation established in 1909 as the Permanent International Association of Road Congresses (PIARC). The Association’s broad aim over its more than 100-year history has been to promote international cooperation and the exchange of knowledge on issues relating to roads and road transport.
With more than 120 member countries, the World Road Association brings together governments from all over the globe. Its members represent all levels of economic development and every region in the world. In addition to national governments, the Association includes regional authorities, collective members, and individual members.
The work of the Association is undertaken by 17 Technical Committees and 5 Task Forces plus the Terminology and Roads Statistics Committees, which bring together technical experts from around the world.
Austroads currently has 24 full or corresponding representatives on the committees. The representatives provide regular progress reports on the work being conducted by their technical committee.
The technical committee representatives are either members of or have a close working relationship with an Austroads Task Force or Working Group.
The committees operate under four strategic themes.
Strategic Theme 1: Road Administration
The goal of this Strategic Theme is to encourage the development of policies and strategies that result in transport administrations that perform well, measure performance, and incorporate innovative financing mechanisms to meet the ever-changing needs of the road transportation community. It is intended to provide examples of good governance, performance management, evaluation methods, and showcase the efforts of transport administrations that consider and manage risk and incorporate knowledge transfer strategies between agencies operating at different levels of government.
TC 1.1 Performance of Transport Administrations
Alan Colegate, MR WA (English speaking Secretary)
TC 1.2 Planning Road Infrastructure and Transport to Economic and Social Development
|TC 1.3 Finance and Procurement|
TC 1.4 Climate Change and Resilience of Road Network
TC 1.5 Disaster Management
MemberNeil Fisher, NZTA (Full member)
TF 1.1 Well-Prepared Projects
TF 1.2 HDM-4
Strategic Theme 2: Mobility
The goal of this Strategic Theme is to encourage the improvement of access and mobility provided to the travelling public and industry through efficient road network operation and integration with other transport modes.
TC 2.1 Mobility in Urban Areas
TC 2.2 Accessibility and Mobility in Rural Areas
TC 2.3 Freight
Christina Heffner, QLD DTMR (Corresponding Member)
TC 2.4 Road Network Operation/ITS
TF 2.1 New Mobility and its Impact on Road Infrastructure and Transport
Steve Penman, NZTA (Full member)
TF B.2 Automated Vehicles – Challenges and Opportunities for Road Operators and Road Authorities
Matthew Hall, Vic DoT (Full member)
Strategic Theme 3: Safety and Sustainability
The goal of this Strategic Theme is to improve the safety and efficiency of road transport, including the movement of people and goods on the network, while effectively and widely promulgating knowledge of all aspects of road safety and encouraging implementation of positive practices.
TC 3.1 Road Safety
TC 3.2 Winter Service
TC 3.3 Asset Management
TC 3.4 Environmental Sustainability in Road Infrastructure and Transport
Margaret Brownjohn, ARRB (English speaking Secretary)
TF 3.1 Road Infrastructure and Transport Security
Strategic Theme 4: Resilient Infrastructure
The goal of this Strategic Theme is to improve the quality and efficiency of road infrastructure through the effective management of assets in accordance with user expectations and government requirements.
TC 4.1 Pavements
TC 4.2 Bridges
Dimitrios Polymenakos, Vic DoT (Corresponding member)
TC 4.3 Earthworks
TC 4.4 Tunnels
George Mavroyeni, AECOM (Full member)
TF 4.1 Road Design Standards
Noel Dwyer, QLD DTMR (Corresponding member)
Australia and New Zealand are both national members of the World Road Association. Each country is represented by a First Delegate on the Association’s Council which meets annually.
Austroads has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Road Association. The MOU recognises Austroads as the national committee for Australia and New Zealand. This makes Austroads responsible for:
- Disseminating information provided by the association
- Providing the association with Australian and New Zealand roads and road transport information
- Identifying and supporting experts to participate in the activities of the technical committees and working groups
- Contributing views and national reports related to World Road Association Activities
- Promoting events such as seminars, hosting technical committee meetings or other World Road Association events in Australia and New Zealand
- Promoting individual and organisational membership in Australia and New Zealand
Collective and Individual Membership
Collective and individual members can access special promotional offers and enjoy discounted publications. They also benefit from fee reductions when registering at key events hosted by the Association such as the World Road Congress, regional conferences and international seminars.
All members of the Association are entitled to:
- Receive printed copies of the Routes/Roads magazine
- Receive the Association’s electronic newsletter
- Access additional Association publications and products free of charge
- Access the members’ area of the Association’s website (including exclusive and regular updates on the technical committees’ activities and the database of the Association’s members and experts contact details)
- Receive one copy of the published proceedings of each congress
Collective members can appoint two representatives to the World Road Congress and one representative to the International Winter Road Congress who will benefit from a reduced registration fee to attend, while individual members can benefit from a reduced registration fee to both the World Road Congress and the international Winter Road Congress.
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