Eight transport priorities for the Coalition Government

May 20, 2019 – Roads Australia congratulates the Coalition on its return to government at the weekend.

“Our members will now be looking for stability and surety so they can get on with the job of delivering Australia’s vital transport infrastructure,” RA President, David Stuart-Watt, said this morning.

Roads Australia has identified eight priorities for the incoming government: 

  • support accelerated spending by the states on mass transit solutions;
  • progress the essential micro-economic road reform process;
  • establish a collaborative Transport and Land Use strategic development network across the three tiers of government;
  • accelerate initiatives to support capacity in the construction industry, and to develop a joint business case for increased skilled migration in the transport infrastructure sector;
  • progress the implementation of the recommendations from last year’s Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy, and implement a national road worker safety awareness campaign;
  • support the Office of Future Transport Technologies over the full forward estimates period to allow the Commonwealth to provide leadership, ensuring the uptake of automated vehicles is managed in a uniform manner across the country;
  • investigate the feasibility of utilising the Dynamic Map Platform application in Australia; and
  • establish international collaborative relationships on hydrogen and synthetic fuel technologies.

“We see these priorities as crucial in preparing Australia for the next wave of population growth and the coming tide of new transport technologies and mobility options.

“With its 10-year, $100 billion transport infrastructure commitment, the Government clearly has a strong infrastructure agenda.

“But if we’re to get maximum bang for our buck, we will need the buy-in of state, territory and local government, as well as industry and the broader community.

“The country will be looking for strong national leadership. RA is ready, willing and able to work with the Government to bring all the parties together.”

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