5.1.3 Australian Transport Assessment and Planning (ATAP) Guidelines
The Australian Transport Assessment and Planning (ATAP) Guidelines (DIRD 2016) are an infrastructure planning and decision-support framework applied to transport. They outline best practice for transport planning and assessment in Australia across all land transport modes. The 2016 version, made up of eight categories, was updated in October 2016. The categories cover the following asset management related topics:
- About – introduction, purpose, principles
- User Guide – overview, website, document structure
- Framework – policy, integrated transport and land use planning, business cases, prioritisation and program development, delivery
- Tools and Techniques – travel demand modelling, cost benefit analysis, equity, etc.
- Parameter Values – public transport, road transport, rail transport, environment
- Mode Specific Guidance – transport for the public, road, and rail, active transport, travel behaviour change
- Worked Examples – across all land transport modes
- Technical Support Library.
The Guidelines provide a comprehensive framework for overall transport system management, focusing primarily on planning, assessing and developing land transport systems and related initiatives. Good transport system management starts with good planning and decision-making, followed by good decisions about individual initiatives. The Guidelines are a key component of processes to:
- ensure that proposals to improve transport systems in Australia (through policies, strategies, plans and specific initiatives) achieve jurisdictional goals and objectives
- provide maximum net benefit to the community and represent value for money.
Users of the Guidelines include government departments and agencies, private companies, individuals, industry bodies and consultants. The Guidelines support the development of effective, cost efficient and robust transport decision-making by providing practical, sound guidance on:
- developing goals, transport system objectives and targets
- integrating the planning of transport systems, including integration with land use
- identifying, assessing and prioritising transport problems
- identifying suitable and various options (investment / infrastructure and reform / non-investment / non infrastructure) for solving transport problems
- rigorously assessing and appraising options
- developing business cases for preferred solutions
- prioritising proposed initiatives and program development
- reviewing performance.
The Guidelines contain important information that is relevant not only to the asset management business cycle, but also to the wider requirements of ISO 55001.
Users of the GAM should also consult the latest version of the ATAP Guidelines (DIRD 2016) for linkages to wider transport system considerations which reflects the more strategic and holistic approach of current best practice (see https://atap.gov.au/about/).