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Roads Australia Insider - July 12, 2019


SA Govt to turn Adelaide PT operations over to private hands

The South Australia Government last week released tenders to contract for the operation of Adelaide Metro tram and train services.

According to the Government, the Adelaide Metro public transport network currently has one of the lowest patronage levels in the country, and the worst level of integration.

It says under the new model, the State will:

  • retain control of services and ownership of rail assets, including trains, trams, tracks and stations; 
  • set requirements for levels of services; 
  • continue to set the fare price for travel on trains and trams; 
  • retain the revenue; and, 
  • enter into a performance-based franchise contract that it says will keep the operator focused on the efficiency and quality of service delivery to customers.

"Under this model, we will be able to deliver more efficient services so we can reinvest back into the network to provide better services,” says Transport Minister, Stephan Knoll.

Tram services will be included in the scope of Phase 2 of the current Bus Services Contract Tender released on July 2. (Phase 1 was released in April.)  

Timings for the tender for train services will be finalised after a market engagement process that will commence later this year and full transition to private sector operations is expected by mid-2021.


Victoria and Canberra step up responses on road safety

The Victorian Government will establish a dedicated office of road safety - Road Safety Victoria - merging the road safety functions of VicRoads and the Department of Transport. 

The decision comes as the Commonwealth’s new Office of Road Safety commences operations this month, focused on improving leadership and co-ordination across governments to reduce deaths and serious injuries on the nation’s roads.

The new Victorian entity will work closely with all road safety partners, including Victoria Police, the Transport Accident Commission, VicRoads, the Department of Transport, the Department of Justice and Regulation and the Department of Health and Human Services to develop strategies and programs to reduce Victoria’s road toll.

VicRoads Chief Executive, Robyn Seymour, will be the inaugural Head of Road Safety Victoria when it is established on August 1.

Ms Seymour has been working in road trauma prevention for the last 19 years. She began her career as a road trauma counsellor before moving to VicRoads, where she has been an influential leader for more than a decade.

As well as helping coordinate the delivery of the Towards Zero Strategy, Road Safety Victoria and its partners will develop road safety policies, coordinate programs and campaigns, and support the development of the Government’s next road safety strategy.

After a record low number of lives lost in 2018, it has been a tragic year so far on Victorian roads, with 153 deaths compared to 100 at the same time last year.

Meantime at the Federal level, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, says the new Commonwealth Office will operate as the primary policy adviser to the federal ministers for road safety on delivering safer roads, vehicles, speeds and drivers.

“The Office will draw together interdisciplinary expertise and experience to learn, share and channel effort towards proven approaches to reducing national road trauma,” Mr Buchholz said.

“In doing this, it will work collaboratively with counterpart agencies across the states and territories, as well as expert agencies.”

The Office will actively seek partnerships to develop and prioritise proposals that achieve these reductions.

Next month the Transport and Infrastructure Council will consider a range of actions in response to the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20, the outcomes of the Governance Review and the initiatives stemming from the Inquiry and the Review.

This is expected to be an important input to the longer term role of the Office.


Applications open for CPEE Semester 2 post-grad programs

The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) is now taking enrolments for its Semester 2 higher education on-line postgraduate programs covering roads, pavements and infrastructure asset management.

According to CPEE CEO, Ray Farrelly, Australia’s current lengthy infrastructure pipeline reinforces more than ever the need for increased capability and knowledge in the work environment.

“The key technical areas associated with the design, construction and maintenance of road pavements and major infrastructure assets offer tremendous opportunities for skilled individuals,” he said this week.

“Updating the specific knowledge and expertise leads to a more productive workplace outcome and for individuals, increased advancement opportunities - and the bonus is that it’s a very productive way for achieving continuing professional development.”

CPEE on-line postgraduate programs are full accredited and suit participants from the workforce who find it difficult to undertake traditional ‘face to face’ university courses.

The CPEE Master of Pavement Technology and Graduate Certificate in Pavement Technology are very practical and encourage direct application of the skills and knowledge acquired. Most of the units incorporate the latest revised Austroads’ guides.

Additionally, there is a postgraduate program delivered jointly with the University of Tasmania (UTAS); the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Professional Honours in Infrastructure Asset Management).

Due to increasing popularity, single units can be undertaken to suit any specific need to update knowledge in selected key areas.

CPEE is an accredited private provider of tertiary education whose Foundation Members are Austroads and AAPA. It’s also supported by all state road agencies.

For further information visit the CPEE website or call the CPEE office to discuss on +61 (03) 9890 5155.

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