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IRF-RA Regional Conference, Sydney

The International Road Federation (IRF) – Roads Australia (RA) Regional Conference for Asia and Australasia, held in Sydney last week, focussed attention on the advancement of major initiatives and thought leadership within the national and international road sector.

Under the theme of road safety and innovating for the future, the joint regional conference affirmed Roads Australia’s and the IRF's commitment to the goals of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action for Road Safety - to stabilise and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world by increasing activities conducted at national, regional and global levels. Both the IRF and RA pledged to work through their respective policy arms to advance these goals at industry and government levels.

The conference also reaffirmed our organisations’ respective commitments to working with stakeholders to facilitate and support the adoption of best-practice in ITS and the implementation of technology to facilitate better outcomes for road users and communities worldwide. A number of innovative case studies highlighted the significant growth of ITS in improving global road network operations. From a funding and financing perspective, we support the trialling of road usage charging where suitable and applicable, particularly in an Australian context. The industry will continue to work with all stakeholders to promote sensible debate and further investigations in this area which is gaining traction worldwide.

The IRF and RA called upon leaders from various countries to support the move to place the issue of road safety on a higher pedestal in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN, which will be finalised in September 2015.  It was urged upon the leadership to assist in the propagation of this important and critical issue far and wide, so it garners a large number of votes and is included in the SDGs.

The conference, which was the largest of its type to be held in the Asia-Pacific region, welcomed 90+ speakers and 350+ delegates and dignitaries from more than a dozen countries including Brunei; Canada; China; France; Greece; India; the Netherlands; New Zealand; the Philippines; South Africa; Switzerland; USA; UK; Vietnam; and Zambia.


RA delegation at 2015 International Highway Technology Summit in Shanghai

A Roads Australia delegation including Madeleine McManus, Director – External Engagement, Monash University; Nick Wall, Director – Infrastructure, Acciona Infrastructure Australia; and Lauren Streifer, Operations Director, Roads Australia attended the biennial 2015 International Highway Technology Summit, hosted by China Highway & Transportation Society in Shanghai, China. The Summit was the largest gathering of transportation industry professionals in China – with over 500 delegates in attendance. Key topics discussed included policy and planning; pavement and materials; infrastructure design and construction; safety; financing; and ITS.

As part of the conference, Roads Australia signed an MOU, subject to Board approval, with the China Highway and Transportation Society to
establish a platform for collaboration, exchange and communication of technical, academic and professional information.

Upcoming Roads Australia events

RA Single Table Luncheon with Tim Pallas (Sydney)

BY INVITATION Roads Australia (RA) is pleased to invite you to attend an exclusive single table luncheon in Sydney on Wednesday 3rd June with guest speaker the Hon. Tim Pallas MP, Victorian Treasurer.

This will be an opportunity for Roads Australia members and invited guests to gain insight into the State of Victoria’s key infrastructure priorities following the new government’s first budget.

This event is proudly sponsored by Evolution Traffic.

SOLD OUT Wednesday June 3 2015
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Andrew Head and Ken Kanofski (Sydney)

BY INVITATION This will be a unique opportunity for Roads Australia members and invited guests to gain insights into the NorthConnex unsolicited proposal process and learn valuable lessons for the next stage of WestConnex.  Proudly sponsored by Hyder Consulting

SOLD OUT Tuesday June 9 2015
11:30 till 14:30

RA Forum (Brisbane)


Queensland’s infrastructure leaders will gather for the State's pre-eminent road industry networking and information sharing event, the Roads Australia Annual Forum, in Brisbane on Wednesday 17th June.

This informative, not-to-be-missed one-day event will be officially opened by Mr Neil Scales, Director-General, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and will feature a variety of guest speakers from both the public and private sectors - infrastructure thought leaders, industry executives and government representatives including:

  • Prof. Phil Charles, Transport Group, University of Queensland
  • Rob McInerney, CEO, International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)
  • Mike Stapleton, General Manager Transport Safety, Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads
  • Greg Steele, Managing Director, Hyder Consulting
  • Troy Adams, Managing Director, Global Road Technology

The Forum sells out each year, so we encourage you to book seats early.

Proudly Sponsored by Altus Traffic and GRT

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Register Now Wednesday June 17 2015
08:30 till 15:30

RA Industry Luncheon with Minister Mullighan (Adelaide)


Roads Australia is delighted to welcome Stephen Mullighan MP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure as the guest speaker at an industry luncheon in Adelaide on Tuesday 23rd June, 2015. 

Minister Mullighan will provide RA members and invited guests with his personal insight into South Australia’s infrastructure planning and key projects.

Proudly sponsored by Laing O'Rourke

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Register Now Tuesday June 23 2015
12:00 till 14:30

RA Thank You Lunch for Ken Mathers (Melbourne)


After an exceptional career spanning several decades serving Victoria’s roads sector, Ken Mathers recently retired.

In appreciation of Ken’s contribution to the industry, Roads Australia will be hosting a special thank you lunch, where RA members and guests will have the opportunity to show their support and appreciation for Ken’s work and legacy.

Register Now Tuesday June 30 2015
12:00 till 14:30

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As the peak body of road industry stakeholders, Roads Australia provides a national forum for debate and discussion on how we can best manage, fund, maintain and renew this vital economic asset for the benefit of all Australians.

Membership of Roads Australia is your entree to the most powerful networking experience in the Australian transport and infrastructure sectors. As we like to say, the top people come because the top people come.

Roads Australia has a unique approach to policy. We work from inside the tent, providing regular opportunities for our public and private sector members to come together in our Policy Chapters to drive practical policy outcomes. It's a formula for influencing policy like no other, and it works.

Did you know?

  • Australia's national road network is a $280 billion-plus asset.

  • The Australian road network covers more than 817,000 kilometres.

  • Approximately 657,000 kilometres are controlled by local government - although State-controlled roads account for about three quarters of all vehicle kilometres travelled.

  • There are more than 37,000 road bridges across Australia.

  • More than three quarters of all passenger kilometres travelled in Australia occur on roads.

  • Public transport is a major user of our road network. In Melbourne, for example, more than 80 per cent of all public transport kilometres are travelled on roads.