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Network Task Force & Projects
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Network Task Force & Projects

Network Task Force

The Network Task Force's objective is to improve the efficient, reliable and safe operation of the road network.

The transport of people and goods is essential to the economic and social development of the community. Substantial investment is made in road networks to facilitate this.

The development and management of the road network is faced with several challenges:

  • continuing growth in vehicle ownership and usage
  • increasing traffic congestion in urban areas
  • trends toward larger (and more efficient) freight vehicles
  • continuing concern for safety improvements
  • increasing concern about environmental impacts.

The central challenge is to address these often conflicting issues in a manner that balances economic, social and environmental objectives appropriately. The effective management of the road transport system is fundamental to making the best use of the existing road network.

The Network Task Force, which has representatives from state and territory road agencies, and the Australian Local Government Association, coordinates research that is working towards:

  • ITS architecture and protocols agreed nationally
  • harmonisation of traffic system requirements 
  • network operating planning for all modes
  • network operations performance measures
  • National Cycling Strategy 2011-16 implementation
  • standardised information services for users
  • Guide to Traffic Management updated.

Network Projects

The Austroads research program runs from 2016-20, in line with the Strategic Plan and Operational Plan. The current network management projects are:

BN2019 Safety at Road Worksites
NS2003 Network Operations Decision Support Tool: Requirements and Development
NEG1995 Network Performance Indicators
NEG2078 ITS Product Pilot of HITS Validation
NEG2079 Network Operations Planning Concept of Operations
NEG2080 Road Transport Management Framework and Principles
NEG6059 Benefits of Safety and Traffic Management Technologies (TIC Action 14)
NTM2081 Guide to Traffic Management Review
NTM6058 Strategic Review of Guide to Traffic Management
NEG6026 Standardisation of ITS Technology Asset Management Datasets
NTM6021 Safe System in Austroads Guide to Traffic Management
NTM6025 Passing Lanes – Safety and Performance

Program Contacts

The Network Task Force is part of the Austroads Network Program. 

Program Manager: Natalie Lockwood
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Program Coordinator: Judi Sorbie
Austroads | Level 9, 287 Elizabeth Street | Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 8265 3334
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National Office

Phone: +61 2 8265 3300

Level 9, 287 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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