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Workplace diversity and flexibility: what can we take forward from the COVID experience?

May 28, 2020 - If there's anything positive to come out of this COVID experience, it may be that work-from-home becomes part of 'the new normal' - and as a consequence, opens up more opportunities for women to build their careers and presence within our sector.  Two champions of change - Aurecon's Aneetha de Silva and A Human Agency's Katriina Takha - discuss how our response to COVID might reshape the sector's D&I agenda.

Building resilience into our infrastructure

May 18 2020 - The bushfire crisis of December - January has raised questions about the resilience of Australia's infrastructure, and more broadly the role of sustainability in project planning and assessment. So, what have we learned - and are we ready to take the lessons forward? We put these questions to Infrastructure Australia CEO Romilly Madew and her counterpart from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), Ainsley Simpson.

Transport network pricing: new thinking on an old problem

May 1 2020 - How, what and when we charge users of roads and transport is a particularly sensitive topic for politicians and the broader community.  In this episode, we're joined by Jonathan Spear and Moses Lee from Infrastructure Victoria to talk about new research that points to some potential ways forward.

What does COVID-19 mean for Australia's infrastructure pipeline?

April 14 2020 - Roads Australia's Michael Kilgariff and Mark Bowmer are joined by BIS Oxford Economics Associate Director Adrian Hart to look at what impacts the current COVID crisis will have on infrastructure delivery in Australia.

Recent news and events

  • Sydney Diversity Forum, July 6
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    Sydney Diversity Forum, July 6
    We had a fantastically engaged audience at our inaugural Sydney Diversity Forum this month. Our thanks to sponsor Lendlease for helping to bring focus to this important issue.
  • Industry lunch with Corey Hannett, Melbourne, June 21
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    Industry lunch with Corey Hannett, Melbourne, June 21
    Corey Hannett, Coordinator General of the Major Transport Infrastructure Program, addresses industry at Metropolis, Southbank.
  • RA - IRF Regional Conference, Sydney, May 31 - June 1
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    RA - IRF Regional Conference, Sydney, May 31 - June 1
    CPB Contractors' Juan Santamaria, Transport Canberra and City Services' Emma Thomas, and Bechtel Infrastructure Australia's Ailie MacAdam, at the 2018 RA - IRF Regional Conference.
  • Fellows TSRC site visit
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    Fellows TSRC site visit
    Acciona recently played host to a site visit and briefing session for RA's Queensland Fellows at the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing. READ MORE on our Fellows Page.

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Upcoming Roads Australia events

RA Webinar with Louise McCormick

We're delighted to be joined by DIPL GM of Transport and Civil Services Louise McCormick for an update on Territory infrastructure priorities.
Tuesday June 2 2020
13:00 till 14:00

RA Webinar with Tony Braxton-Smith (Adelaide)

DPTI Chief Executive Tony Braxton-Smith rejoins us via webinar for a 'lay of the land' update on South Australian infrastructure planning and delivery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

(NOTE CHANGE OF DATE - originally planned for 29 May)

Wednesday June 3 2020
10:00 till 11:00

RA Webinar by Invitation with Dennis Walsh


Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Chief Engineer Dennis Walsh is back with us to talk about challenges and opportunities in the transport technology and engineering spaces. Part of the 2020 Arup Series.

Thursday June 4 2020
13:00 till 14:00

RA Webinar with Tim Pallas

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas joins us for an update on the Government's fiscal response to the coronavirus pandemic and its implications for the next State Budget.

Friday June 5 2020
13:00 till 14:00

RA Webinar with Peter Regan

TfNSW Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure and Place, Peter Regan will give the industry an update on future projects for the NSW transport and infrastructure pipeline and the State's ten point commitment to the construction sector.
Wednesday June 10 2020
13:00 till 14:00

RA Webinar with Mark Bailey

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey joins us to discuss how the the State is working its way through the coronavirus pandemic and the role transport infrastructure will play in its economic recovery.

Tuesday June 23 2020
12:00 till 13:00

2020 RA Transport Summit (Sydney)

Early-bird registration is open until 31 August for this year's premier industry-run networking and knowledge-sharing event, the 2020 RA Transport Summit. Proudly sponsored by Cardno, Altus Traffic, SMEC Australia, McConnell Dowell and BG&E.

This event has moved to this new date due to COVID-19

Wednesday October 28 2020
08:30 till 15:00

John Shaw Award Dinner ONLY (Sydney)

RA member-only registration is now open for our annual flagship event. Once again, the best tables will be allocated on a 'first in, best dressed' basis, so book now. Proudly sponsored by WSP.

This event has moved to this new date due to COVID-19

Wednesday October 28 2020
18:30 till 22:30

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Delivering for Australia's most important asset

As the peak body of road industry stakeholders, Roads Australia provides a national forum for debate and discussion on how we can best manage, fund, maintain and renew this vital economic asset for the benefit of all Australians.

Membership of Roads Australia is your entree to the most powerful networking experience in the Australian transport and infrastructure sectors. As we like to say, the top people come because the top people come.

Roads Australia has a unique approach to policy. We work from inside the tent, providing regular opportunities for our public and private sector members to come together in our Policy Chapters to drive practical policy outcomes. It's a formula for influencing policy like no other, and it works.

Did you know?

  • The roads industry contributes over $200 billion of economic value in Australia each year.

  • The Australian road network covers more than 877,000 kilometres, of which 73 per cent is controlled by local government.

  • There are more than 37,000 road bridges across Australia.

  • More than three quarters of all passenger kilometres travelled in Australia occur on roads.

  • Well over half a million Australians rely on roads for their full-time employment.

  • Public transport is a major user of our road network. In Melbourne, for example, more than 80 per cent of all public transport kilometres are travelled on roads.

Latest Insider....

  • Roads Australia Insider - 29 May 2020 Articled 19 hours ago
    COVID-19 has forced 70 per cent of Australian businesses to change how they operate, according to results from the fourth Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey on Business Impacts of COVID-19.
  • Roads Australia Insider - 15 May, 2020 Articled 2 weeks ago
    Roads Australia has welcomed this week’s release of South Australia’s inaugural 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy, the State’s new road map for growing its economy, improving government service delivery, supporting population growth and creating jobs.
  • Roads Australia Insider - May 1 2020 Articled last month
    The message has been loud and clear from Federal, state and territory governments over the past two weeks – infrastructure delivery is essential and will drive our recovery from the COVID crisis.