8 Dec 2017

This report examines our deep concerns with planning and governance for the proposed West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP) and, by extension, with the wider context for transport planning in Victoria. We are a group of transport and urban planning academics based at RMIT University, the...


7 Dec 2017

Streets that are safe and comfortable for All Ages & Abilities bicycling are critical for urban mobility.

NACTO cities are leading the way in designing streets that are truly safe and inviting for bicyclists of All Ages & Abilities and attract wide ridership. This...


1 Dec 2017

This guide provides advice on how transport planners and providers, architects, engineers, builders, certifiers and all levels of government can work together with people with disability to make public transport more accessible.

There are a variety of standards across government...


28 Nov 2017

Australia's population growth rate - around 1.5% a year - is among the highest in OECD countries, and since the year 2000, out population has grown by more than 25%. This growth, projected into the future, has startling consequences: Australia's population is forecast to double...



21 Nov 2017

In September 2017 Australia’s biggest bike riding organisation, Bicycle Network, conducted a survey of public attitudes towards Australia’s mandatory bicycle helmet laws. The survey received 19,327 responses.

The respondents are from across Australia (2.6% from overseas) and are people who...

Draft report

30 Oct 2017

The transport system in New South Wales (NSW) is on the cusp of being transformed. We are more mobile than ever and our lives more interconnected. Technology is equipping us with new ways to travel and plan our journeys, and new ways to deliver services...


26 Oct 2017

This inquiry reported into aspects of road safety in Australia, having particular regard to:

(a) the social and economic cost of road-related injury and death;

(b) the importance of design standards on imported vehicles, as Australian vehicle manufacturing winds down;

(c) the...


25 Oct 2017

This report presents tabulations of road deaths and road death rates for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations and Australian states and territories. The rates allow for a comparison of Australia's road safety performance with that of other OECD nations by accounting for...

Research report

19 Oct 2017

This paper journeys through the fifty year history of a proposed rail link between Melbourne and its airport at Tullamarine.

The paper is separated into three sections. The first section is presented in broadly chronological order and discusses:



18 Oct 2017

This report looks at the state of Australia’s rail industry and how government procurement, including through the Australian Rail Track Corporation, and other policy levers can improve the value for money, competitiveness, stability of work and capability of the rail manufacturing industry with specific reference...

Briefing paper

12 Oct 2017

Governments around the world offer incentives to support electric vehicles. Australia does not. This paper examines how we can boost electric vehicle sales – in four proven, low-cost ways.

There is a race to transition the world’s massive car fleet to electric vehicles and...

Journal article

11 Oct 2017


An alarmingly high proportion of the Australian adult population does not meet national physical activity guidelines (57%). This is concerning because physical inactivity is a risk factor for several chronic diseases. In recent years, an increasing emphasis has been placed on the potential...


11 Oct 2017

Improved transport has enabled our cities to expand whilst still adhering to this rule. From the advent and evolution of public transport to the increased accessibility of personal vehicles, people can access a greater geographical area than ever before. However, we are now reaching...


10 Oct 2017

Two rapidly developing technology areas, Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) and Automated Driving (AD) applications, are reputed to have a substantial impact on road trauma through the increased use of technology both to assist drivers with the driving task, as well as providing enhanced crash...

Discussion paper

3 Oct 2017

The purpose of this paper is to outline legislative reform options to clarify how current driver and driving laws apply to automated vehicles, and to establish legal obligations for automated driving system entities (ADSEs). We are seeking feedback on whether current laws should be amended...


3 Oct 2017

Road congestion charges should be introduced in Sydney and Melbourne. An examination of 3.5 million Google Maps trip-time estimates across more than 350 routes over six months of this year suggests both cities could face traffic gridlock in future unless decisive action is taken to...


27 Sep 2017

The Inland Rail programme is to construct an inland rail line from Melbourne to Brisbane, covering a total distance of approximately 1700 kilometres. In 2014, the Australian Government provided $300 million for pre-construction work on the proposed rail line, and in 2017 committed $8.4 billion...


22 Sep 2017

Automated and Driverless Vehicles (AV/DVs) offer the prospect of positive and fundamental changes to the way Australia’s cities work and how people utilise transport. At the highest level, AVs offer massive increases in road safety and capacity – and could see car ownership become the...

Draft report

15 Sep 2017

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) is leading the development of a National Infrastructure Data Collection and Dissemination Plan (Data Plan), with assistance from an expert Steering Group made up of transport, infrastructure and data experts from the private and public sector....


14 Sep 2017

Structure of this report

This report comprises 6 chapters, including this introductory chapter:

Chapter 2 presents background information on toll roads in Australia and in other countries. Chapter 3 examines the financial arrangements for existing toll roads and projects that are under...