Award for Technical Excellence

The Roads Australia Award for Technical Excellence recognises an individual for technical excellence in the broader transport industry.

In 2013 the Award was presented to ARRB's Kieran Sharp (pictured centre) in recognition of his significant and sustained contribution to the development of expertise across a range of pavement technology topics. 

The inaugural winner in 2011 was Professor John Metcalf (right), a world-leading expert on soil stabilisation,  while the 2012 Award went to John Hodgkinson (left), an Australian road industry pioneer of concrete pavement technology. 

To be eligible, a nominee's field of contribution must be in a technical or scientific area relevant to transport.  His or her contribution must be outstanding, measured directly in terms of impact on the industry, including the transformational change to the industry.

Nominations for the 2014 Award will close on September 30, and the Award will be presented at the Annual Christmas lunch in Sydney in December 2014.

Inquiries about the Award should be directed to RA Policy Director, Donna Findlay.


The following conditions and guidelines apply in making the award:

  • Field of Contribution. The field of contribution must be in a technical or scientific area relevant to transport.  Indicative areas of contribution include road construction, design, safety, freight, research, and sustainability.
  • Impact of Contribution. The contribution must be outstanding.  This will be measured directly in terms of its impact on the industry, the advancement of science and the community.   
  • Recognition of Contribution. The extent to which the contribution is acknowledged by the candidate’s professional peers within the relevant scientific or technical field.
  • Personal Achievement. It must be demonstrated that the candidate’s contribution significantly reflects personal endeavour, as distinct from the work of others.
  • Originality. Candidates will also be assessed on the originality and unique quality of their contribution and the transformational change to the industry.  The spark of innovation must be evident.   
  • Durability. Candidates will also be assessed on the extent to which their contribution is likely to endure and be applied by future generations.
  • Further potential. Ideally candidates for the award will still have further contributions to make to the industry and the community.  It is expected that the award will recognise their achievements to date and thereby enhance the opportunity for the candidate to make yet a further contribution.