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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Policy - Regional road infrastructure : Low costs, High gains

08/07/2020 16:00 to 08/07/2020 17:00

Venue: via Zoom

Despite making up only 17 per cent of the nation’s population, deaths on regional roads account for two in every three of the lives lost nationally. While driver behaviour and vehicle design have a role to play in improving safety, relatively low-cost infrastructure treatments can be an effective and efficient way to reduce the number of crashes. These treatments can be especially helpful in reducing run-off-road and head-on crashes, and for those crashes that do occur, these treatments can also help minimise their severity.

Join us to hear from:

  • Robin Jackson, Chief of Infrastructure Prioritisation, Infrastructure Australia to hear about the process to get NSW and WA regional road projects listed as High Priority Initiatives in IA’s 2020 Infrastructure Priority List, and the next steps to progress these from Initiatives to Projects.
  • Bernard Carlon, Executive Director, Centres for Road Safety & Maritime Safety, Transport for NSW, will explain how they identified high risk locations and prioritised these based on crash data and the impact of infrastructure deficiencies.
  • Neil Scales OBE, Director General, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads will provide an overview of the work that has been happening in QLD, including wide centreline treatments.
  • Colin Dominish, Regional Director, Southern Hemisphere, GHD Digital, will bring his perspective on low-cost design treatments for regional roads.

The session will be moderated by Jeff Doyle, Safety Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia and Chief Executive Officer, Altus Traffic Group.


We will also be keen to hear the views of our webinar participants, so an interactive Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

Date:    Wednesday 8 July AEST

Time:     4-5pm

ZOOM:  The Zoom link will be sent to you when you have registered your interest


RA Members can participate for FREE

RA Non members - $150 (inc GST)

Contact - Director Events - Rachael Rooney for event bookings


This event has been proudly sponsored by







CLICK HERE to view Robin Jacksons' Presentation

CLICK HERE to view Mike Stapletons' Presentation

CLICK HERE to view Bernard Carlons' Presentation

CLICK HERE to view the Regional Road Infrastructure Policy Insights





Neil Scales OBE, Director General, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

As Director-General, Neil leads the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), with an operating budget of $5.886 billion, capital budget of $3.185 billion and managed assets worth $70.690 billion. Neil joined the Queensland Public Service in March 2012 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TransLink where he was responsible for the public transport network across Queensland. He was appointed Director-General of TMR in March 2013.

In September 2014, Neil became Commissioner for the National Transport Commission (NTC) and joined the Roads Australia Board in November 2014. Neil is Chair of Austroads and Deputy Chair of the Australian Road Research Board. He is also a board member of the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council, Tourism and Transport Forum, Roads Australia, the Australian Centre for Rail Innovation and Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland.

In September 2014, Neil became Government Champion for the Woorabinda Indigenous community. From 2015–2017, Neil was the Queensland Public Sector’s CEO Champion against domestic and family violence. In 2017, Neil won the Australia’s CEO Challenge Race, a fundraising initiative that raises money and awareness for domestic and family violence prevention. Neil became Acting CEO for Queensland Rail in October 2016, returning to the Director-General role at TMR in April 2017. In 2019, Neil successfully completed the Vincent Fairfax ethical leadership course.

Colin Dominish, Regional Director, Southern Hemisphere, GHD Digital

Colin is the Regional Director, Southern Hemisphere for GHD Digital. Colin and his team focus on bringing the best value digital solutions and expertise from across GHD globally and applying them to local projects. This involves closely monitoring policy and implementation by federal, state and local government, and private enterprise, in the planning, design, construction and operations of infrastructure assets. His team are engaged in delivering large projects that are reshaping Australia, using digital transformation to enhance the customer experience and increase the operational efficiency of infrastructure assets.

Based in Sydney, Colin served as the Transport Market Leader for GHD for a number of years, and is currently GHD Client Relationship Manager for Transport for NSW.

He has more than 30 years' experience in general management, project leadership, business development, client relationship management and delivering strategic outcomes across multiple continents and industries. As a strategic thinker and planner, Colin enjoys working together with clients to deliver lasting community benefit. He is passionate about leading change initiatives that improve client service, especially where they rely on enhanced employee diversity, empowerment and satisfaction.

Robin Jackson, Chief of Infrastructure Prioritisation, Infrastructure Australia

Robin Jackson is Infrastructure Australia’s (IA) Chief of Infrastructure Prioritisation. He is responsible for identifying the nation’s infrastructure priorities and maintaining the Infrastructure Priority List, the key infrastructure investment reference point for Governments at all levels.

Robin has 25 years of experience planning and delivering nationally significant infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Infrastructure Australia, Robin was a Director of AECOM’s Commercial Advisory and Infrastructure Advisory practices, providing planning, technical and financing advice for major infrastructure schemes. He was also a Director of the Global Cities Initiative, an international think-tank exploring issues facing our cities. Robin is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management, and a Member of the UK Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

Bernard Carlon, Executive Director, Centres for Road Safety & Maritime Safety, Transport for NSW

Bernard joined Transport for NSW in 2012 as the Director, Strategy and Policy and has led the Centre for Road Safety since 2015 and Maritime Safety since 2016. He is a board member of ANCAP and a member of the Austroads National Road Safety Taskforce. Bernard has held senior state government roles in policy, regulation, communications and program delivery across the Health, Justice, Environment and Transport portfolios. He is charged with leading the Road Safety and Maritime Safety Strategy's to move the trauma on our roads and waterways Towards Zero.

Jeff Doyle, RA Safety Policy Stream Deputy Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Altus Traffic Group

Jeff is an experienced leader and CEO, having successfully managed a number of medium to large scale companies as well as holding key industry Board positions. Combining a strategic management skill-set with inspired people leadership, a hands-on approach to operational excellence and a genuine will to succeed, Jeff has consistently built high performance teams and accomplished double digit sales and EBIT growth for shareholders among highly competitive B2B Services based industries.