Austroads Annual Report celebrates 30 years

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Austroads has published its 2018-19 annual report which celebrates 30 years of collaboration, harmonisation and innovation, and provides highlights, case studies and details of projects undertaken and completed during the year.

The highlights showcase Austroads’ achievements during the financial year, including completion of a 25-year study which has provided major insights into increasing the long-term life and condition of pavements and could save Australian governments $40 million a year.

The case studies show that Austroads continues to meet members’ needs by coordinating leading-edge research that informs practice and strategies at all levels of government. For example, an Austroads report, Investigating the Potential Benefits of Enhanced End to End Supply Chain Visibility, formed the basis for the Australian Government’s National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and a New Zealand case study included in a research report informed a speed reduction strategy to improve road safety in Cairns.

The Austroads Guides continue to be developed as highly regarded and valued technical resources, adopted by all road agencies in Australia and New Zealand and used across the world.

At a glance, in 2018-19 Austroads:

  • invested $10.4 million in our road transport research work program
  • managed 104 projects, completing 32 during the year
  • published 132 reports, Guide updates and webinars with 400,000 publications downloaded
  • enabled 235 million driver licence and vehicle registration database transactions via the National Exchange of Vehicle Data Information Service (NEVDIS).

Neil Scales, Austroads Chair, said in his report: “The high level of respect afforded Austroads is due to the value it returns to its member agencies, which is largely driven by the quality of the research the organisation commissions, the guidance it produces and its reputation for strong management. These strengths influenced the decision by Ministers at the May 2018 Transport Infrastructure Council meeting to recommend that Transport Certification Australia (TCA) be folded into Austroads.”

Austroads acquired TCA in January 2019, recognising the importance of telematics and related intelligent technologies in supporting transport reforms now and in the future.

In 2019-2020, Austroads will complete its program of work under the 2016–2020 Strategic Plan. Development of the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan is under way.

Report link: Austroads Annual Report 2018-19

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