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Chapter Objectives

  • Best use of existing capacity
  • Reducing bid complexity 
  • Reducing risk in traditional contracts
  • Predictability in future work flows / contract conditions 
  • Promoting investment in capability
  • Accessing additional capacity / capability

About Capacity Chapter

Since inception, the Capacity Chapter’s Business Plan has recognised the need for national policy reflecting both industry and government commitment to improving industry effectiveness and efficiency. 

Results from the Chapter's 2014 Technical Specifications and Procurement Survey revealed that the most important issues which Chapters need to address, in order of priority, are:

  • skills shortage 
  • planning/predictability 
  • procurement models.

These issues align with the top three priorities in the business plan for the Capacity Chapter.

Safety Barrier Assessment Reforms

Roads Australia’s process of bringing industry and agencies together to review technical specifications has achieved its first ‘win’, with Austroads implementing reforms to the assessment of safety barriers.

Since the first industry-agency policy session held in Sydney in April, the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel has implemented process reforms to reduce the time taken to issue a determination on the status of safety barrier products. 

In 2016, the Roads Australia Capacity Chapter is working with Austroads and key stakeholders to develop a national platform for road safety barrier installer accreditation.


Chapter Leadership Team

Scott Olsen
Regional GM - NSW/ACT, John Holland Group

Deputy Chair
Dan Reeve
General Manager - Transport, SMEC


Technical Specifications Roadshow

In 2014, Road Australia consulted industry across the country to identify potential technical specifications that could be harmonised and/or standardised. It also considered procurement and contracting enhancements at a national level.

The workshop series was developed in response to the 2014 RA Technical Specifications Survey Results.

Each workshop provided the opportunity to hear from senior public sector executives about the current state of play in their respective states and identify opportunities to harmonise specifications where possible to drive value for money for all parties. 

Industry representatives were asked to clearly identify which specifications they felt could be considered as part of this process and to outline barriers to innovation. 

Download the reports from each workshop below:

Industry supports barrier accreditation

26 MARCH 2015 

At the recent Transportation Research Board AFB 20(2) Roadside Safety Design Meeting in Melbourne, industry and suppliers strongly supported national certification for road safety barrier installers. 

Delegates are keen to work with road authorities to effectively eliminate poor installation practices by further investigating the UK’s LANTRA sector scheme model to develop a national platform for implementation across Australia.

Click here to download presentations from the meeting.