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Fellows research projects

The objective of the RA Fellowship is to develop the future leaders of our industry.  

To support this goal, and as part of the annual program, our Fellows are asked to work in groups on a research project that demonstrates their:

  • understanding of key issues and challenges faced by industry,
  • ability to work together on a collective response, 
  • ability to apply presentation skills taught during the mid-year workshop;
  • ability to communicate a convincing argument to key stakeholders, and develop feasible implementation solutions for RA. 

The 2019 research task

In 2019, each of our six teams was tasked with developing an implementable plan for RA to build a diverse and capable workforce, choosing from two topics:

  • Promote careers in the roads and associated industries as desirable
  • Attract and retain women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and other industries to a career in the roads and associated industries

Each team prepared a summary recommendation report and presented its findings in a 10-minute presentation and Q&A session prior to the Fellows Annual Dinner, held in Melbourne in November.

Following a rigorous scoring process, Group 2 from NSW was announced as the 2019 winner, receiving an extension to their 'golden ticket' in 2020. Group 2 comprised:

  • Chris Turnbull, Turnbull Engineering
  • Linh Truong, Cardno
  • Sam Sader, TSA Management
  • Kellee McGilvray, TfNSW
  • Philip Duffy, HKA

The research work by the 2019 Fellows will contribute to the 2020 Policy Stream work and Fellowship Projects. 

2019 research papers

Group 1 (NSW) - CLICK HERE

Group 2 (NSW) - CLICK HERE

Group 3 (Qld) - CLICK HERE

Group 4 (SA & WA) - CLICK HERE

Group 5 (VIC) - CLICK HERE

Group 6 (VIC) - CLICK HERE