As you will be aware, Victoria is currently in the midst of a COVID-19 lockdown, which will continue in Greater Melbourne for at least another week. This means the RA Office is currently closed, and all members of the RA team have again transitioned to working from home arrangements.
However, this will not impact the normal work flow and you should feel free to contact myself and other members of the RA team as you ordinarily would.
There were a couple of items highlighted in the communique released following last Friday's Infrastructure and Transport Ministers' Meeting (ITMM) that will be of particular interest to RA members.
The meeting supported the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30, which includes 2030 targets of:
- a 50 per cent reduction in fatalities, down to fewer than 571; and
- an interim 30 per cent reduction in serious injuries, down to fewer than 29,000.
However, prior to its finalisation, the meeting also requested that the Strategy's associated draft National Road Safety Action Plan 2021-25 undergo a targeted consultation with key stakeholders. RA expects to be involved in this process, and will use it to reinforce the need for a clear national strategy around road worker safety.
It was also pleasing to see a clear commitment to improving gender balance in our industry's workforce emerge from the meeting. This is an issue which RA has been focused on for several years now, so it was gratifying to note the Ministers have now asked officials in their respective jurisdictions to "be ambitious and move swiftly" in taking nationally coordinated action to support increased participation by women in the transport sector.
One of the ways that can be achieved is through the promotion of flexible work practices, which is also the subject of RA's latest podcast episode. See the item below for further details and to listen.
Enhancing workforce culture and diversity will also be the subject of a dedicated panel session at the 2021 RA Transport Summit, which is now less than two weeks away. If you haven't yet registered to attend, I encourage you to act quickly to make sure you secure your place at this signature two-day event for our industry.
Stay safe and well.
Chief Executive Officer
Encouraging Flexible Work - new podcast episode
Attracting and retaining the best pool of talent relies on our industry supporting its workforce and empowering people to be the best they can be in all facets of their life.
Encouraging flexible work practices is an essential element of this - and directions around flexibility come from the top down. Seeing senior executives within an organisation ‘practice what they preach’ around flexible working is an important aspect of driving cultural change and providing assurance to teams that it’s ‘OK’ to avail themselves of these options.
To explore these issues and set out how senior industry leaders can support flexible work practices, RA's Marlie Curtis sat down with Kelly Maslin, Vice President and Executive Director Operations – People and place Solutions, Delivery – New Zealand and South East Australia, Jacobs; Cathal O’Rourke, Managing Director, Laing O’Rourke and John Galvin, Executive Vice President – APAC, Clough.
Listen to the conversation now through RA's podcast series The Hub.
Welcome to CMW Geosciences
RA's membership continues to grow, and we are pleased to welcome our newest member CMW Geosciences.
CMW is a privately owned consultancy providing specialised geotechnical services to the mining, construction and civil engineering industries.
The company has maintained continued year on year growth since first established in 2012, with offices operating across Australia and New Zealand now servicing a global client base.
Visit the CMW Geosciences website to learn more.
As Reconciliation Week continues, RA members have been demonstrating their commitment to highlighting indigenous participation and supporting career development opportunities across our industry.
This includes John Holland's Aboriginal Pre-Employment Program, which aims to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the construction industry. This short video highlights the contribution that program participants are making to the Sydney Football Stadium redevelopment project.
Transport for NSW has also highlighted several major regional infrastructure projects where Aboriginal participation has played a key role. Indigenous participation targets were met or exceeded on a number of major regional infrastructure projects across the state over the past year,. These have provided employment opportunities and supported Aboriginal businesses across regional NSW as projects have been delivered. See more here.
As Pride Month begins, we are pleased to highlight the many Roads Australia members committed to driving a culture based on respect and to creating an inclusive, high-performing work environment where everyone can be their full authentic selves at work within a vibrant diverse community.
In the past week, Aurecon has been awarded Silver Status for the first time with Pride in Diversity’s Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), a recognition of Aurecon’s performance in LGBTI+ inclusion. Each year, Aurecon has built on successes and progressed its status from ‘Participating Employer’ to ‘Silver Employer’ in three years, a significant achievement as it remains committed to creating an inclusive workforce.
It was terrific to see several Roads Australia members have been included on the list of the nation's top organisations for inclusion at the 2021 Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards.
Congratulations to Arup, Ashurst, Aurecon, Clayton Utz, Jacobs, John Holland, Lendlease, MinterEllison and Pinsent Masons on their success.
Aurecon employees and table guests at the LGBTQ Inclusion Awards.
Aaron de Rozario will join the National Transport Commission (NTC) as Executive Director - Regulatory Reform. He moves into the role after three years as CEO of Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, and brings more than 20 years of experience in developing and implementing public policy across the transport, community services and education sector to the NTC's executive team.
Harriet Christopherson has been appointed as General Manager, Pre-Contracts (Australia) as McConnell Dowell, which she will add to her present responsibilities as the company's Project Director - Inland Rail.
Plans to transition to electric buses in NSW are progressing, as the NSW Government appoints Keolis Downer as the new operator for local services on the Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches. Keolis Downer plans to introduce 100 new zero-emission buses to the area over the next eight years, and will trial new innovative technology to deliver a better customer experience, including real-time feedback that will inform the frequency of services. Transport for NSW will work closely with the new operator and will continue to regulate all routes, timetables and fares.
Legislative amendments giving effect to the transition of Building Queensland into central government passed the Queensland Parliament last week and will commence shortly. The agency will be incorporated into Queensland's Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, and its focus will move to assisting agencies to progress infrastructure proposals, including providing an assurance role for government. Learn more about the changes here.
In Western Australia, the State Government's new procurement framework has come into operation this week. The new framework has been developed to address inconsistencies that previously posed challenges for government agencies and industry. The new system brings together goods,
services and works procurement under one piece of legislation, and makes the State Government’s procurement landscape easier to navigate. Updated procurement guides, templates and resources for the new framework are available here.
Tenders have been released for the first physical works in the next stage of Canberra's light rail project. The ACT Government is seeking submissions to provide construction services required to undertake enabling works for the relocation of utilities assets. Requests for information will be accepted until 15 June, with submissions responding to the requirements closing on 29 June 2021. Further details are available here.
As the complexity of many transport infrastructure projects grows, having a rigorous framework in place for managing uncertainty is a vital aspect of successful project delivery. Lachlan Smith, Managing Director of FSC Group has published an article that looks at how to drive better project outcomes, which includes his 5 tips for dealing with uncertainty. You can read it here.
Seymour Whyte has confirmed the organisation will again be supporting Constructionarium Australia’s All-Female Story Bridge Build as lead contractor. John Kirkwood, Managing Director and CEO of Seymour Whyte said: "As a sector, it is vital that we invest in the future talent that will shape our industry’s future. We are also committed to increasing diversity within the construction sector and providing pathways for female participation. Our partnership with Constructionarium Australia for their 2021 All-Female Build is the perfect way for us to support the sector’s future." Learn more.
In Canberra, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities is commencing an inquiry into procurement practices for government-funded infrastructure. A particular focus will be the potential to enhance the sovereign capability of the Australian industry.
The Terms of Reference for the inquiry are wide-ranging, and include challenges and opportunities with existing procurement practices, as well as intersections between tiers of government and the private sector.
Roads Australia will be making a submission to the inquiry that reflects the content of the RA Procurement Reform Report released last year. Submissions close on 16 July.
Separately, RA has held initial discussions with Ernst & Young (EY) around work they are doing for the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) to analyse best practices in procurement across Australian states and territories. This includes analysis of the contractor market for potential option for reforms in the construction sector and was a further opportunity to emphasise key recommendations in RA's Procurement Reform Report.
In road safety news, RA has been approached by Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads on the development of their Road Safety Strategy and subsequent Action Plan. We similarly expect to engage with the Federal Government over the coming weeks as part of the targeted consultation on the new National Road Safety Action Plan, which was flagged following last week's Infrastructure and Transport Ministers Meeting (ITMM).
RA members wishing to highlight matters they would like to form part of these discussions should contact Royce Christie, RA Director - Policy or Sophie Chalmers, RA Policy Officer.
A significant step forward in enhancing the efficiency of freight movement occurred this week as the Federal Government launched the National Freight Data Hub prototype website.
The Hub is intended to be a repository of key freight data for industry, government and others to improve the efficiency, safety and resilience of the freight sector. This includes information about traffic volumes, congestion, road condition and rest area usage. The new tool is part of the continuing rollout of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and will enable a data driven approach for future strategic planning and investment.
View the National Freight Data Hub prototype website here.
- June 4 2021 - RA Webinar with Tim Pallas. LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER Sponsored by McConnell Dowell
- June 10 2021 - RA Brisbane Industry Lunch with Adrian Schrinner. Bookings now open. Sponsored by SMEC.
- June 16 2021 - RA Pre-Summit Board Dinner with Rob Sharp (Sydney). By invitation. Sponsored by BMD
- June 17-18 2021 - RA Transport Summit, Sydney. Bookings now open.
- June 17 2021 - John Shaw Dinner, Sydney. Currently at COVID capacity. Sponsored by WSP
- June 18 2021 - RA Industry Lunch with Minister Paul Fletcher (on location at the RA Transport Summit). Bookings now open. Sponsored by ACRS
New RA events are continuing to roll out all the time, so keep an eye on our website www.roads.org.au to make sure you don't miss out on networking opportunities.
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