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Fellows Research Projects

The objective of the RA Fellowship is to develop the future leaders of our industry.  

To support this goal, our 2017 Fellows were asked to undertake a research project that demonstrated their:

  • understanding of key issues and challenges faced by industry,
  • ability to work together on a collective response, and 
  • ability to communicate a convincing argument to key stakeholders to gather support for action.

The research task

In 2017, the project brought together five teams of Fellows, each tasked with looking at a key challenge addressed by one of RA’s policy chapters.  The teams and tasks were:

  •  Team 1 (NSW): The top 5 attributes customers value about the road network.
  • Team 2 (NSW): Explore other industry’s use of digital technology and describe 5 possible ways to digitally revolutionise the management of Australia’s road network.
  • Team 3 (QLD, WA & SA): Explore other industry’s use of digital technology and describe 5 possible ways to digitally revolutionise the management of Australia’s road network.

  • Team 4 (VIC): Explore other industry’s use of digital technology and describe 5 possible ways to digitally revolutionise the management of Australia’s road network.

  • Team 5 (VIC): The top 5 attributes customers value about the road network.

Each team prepared a summary recommendation report and presented its findings in a 12-minute presentation and Q&A session prior to the Fellows Annual Dinner.

An eminent panel comprising Mentors and Policy Chapter members Sandra Dodds (Chief Executive Urban Infrastructure, Broadspectrum), Mike Stapleton (Deputy DG Customer Service, Safety and Regulation, QTMR), Craig Moran (Director, Network Operations Planning, TfNSW), and 2017 Fellowship Councillor Simon Berry  assessed the teams on the following criteria:


  • development of a clear and persuasive argument related to the topic area,
  • evidence of research that supported the position, and
  • effective communication of a convincing recommendation that addressed the problem statement in a new, energetic and entertaining fashion.

The team from Qld/WA/SA was judged as having responded most comprehensively to the project task after scores were compiled across both the written submission and presentation component. 

The research work by the 2017 Fellows will contribute to the 2018 Policy Chapter work. 


2017 Research Papers

Group 1 (NSW) - CLICK HERE
Group 2 (NSW) - CLICK HERE

Group 3 (Qld,WA,SA) - CLICK HERE

Group 4 (VIC) - CLICK HERE

Group 5 (VIC) - CLICK HERE


2016 Research Papers

VIC Team - public transport  CLICK HERE

NSW/ACT Team - Liveability and structure of cities CLICK HERE

QLD/WA Team - Network management  CLICK HERE