Since inception, the Capacity Chapter has recognised the need for national policy reflecting both industry and government commitment to improving industry effectiveness and efficiency, specifically:
- Best use of existing capacity by reducing the complexity and cost of bidding and the risk in traditional forms of contracts;
- Providing confidence in future work flows (predictability) and contract conditions to promote investment in capability;
- Accessing additional capacity and capability.
Road 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 worked with Austroads and key stakeholders to develop a national platform for road safety barrier installer accreditation.
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: