The World Road Association fosters and facilitates global discussion and knowledge sharing on roads and road transport. The Association has 118 government members worldwide and is recognised and given consultative status by the United Nations. It also has 2000 collective or individual members in 142 countries and over 650 experts in 17 standing technical committees. The Association deals primarily in issues of road infrastructure planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation. These relate to the main areas of work which the Association has identified. The work of the Association is undertaken by technical committees which are comprised of representatives from member countries and organistions.
With the implementation of the World Road Association Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 has four strategic themes under which the technical committees operate. The strategic themes, their committees and Australasian members are:
Strategic Theme 1: Management and Performance
Encourage the development of road transport policies and strategies that result in road administrations that perform well and that are funded sustainably. Provide exemplars of good governance and road administrations that fund their activities in an appropriate manner, that incorporate best practice in respect of climate change mitigation, and adaptation and the management of associated and other forms of risk.
Strategic Theme 1 brings together matters related to the policies and strategies that road administrations develop and enact.
The integration of road administrations and other transport modes within single administrations presents both challenges and opportunities. Performance assessment reflects such new structures and increased stakeholder power and media scrutiny mean that good governance and effective anti-corruption measures remain of paramount importance.
Encourage the improvement of access and mobility provided to the community and industry by improved road network operation and integration with other transport modes.
Strategic Theme 2 recognises that road authorities provide a service to the community and industry, thus recognising these groups as customers. At the heart of this issue is the need to provide services in a predictable manner and to ensure that the resilience of the network is set at an appropriate level.
Obtaining maximum benefit from existing network infrastructure is a priority for many member countries. Improvements to journey time reliability are particularly important whether achieved by interfacing with other modes and/or the use of ITS.
Improve the safety and efficiency of road transport, including the movement of people and goods on the network, while effectively and widely promulgating knowledge of all aspects of road safety and encouraging effective implementation.
Roads play a fundamental part in the provision of safe access to education, welfare and employment opportunities. The Association’s Declaration of Support for the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety reflects the importance of continued improvements to road safety. The work of Technical Committees 3.1 and 3.2, and Task Force 1 will contribute in particular to the following three of the five pillars of the UN Decade of Action:
Improve the quality and efficiency of road infrastructure through the effective management of assets in accordance with user expectations and government requirements while adapting to climate change and changing energy scenarios and policies
While new technological, social and environmental developments are expanding the sphere of interest for road authorities, management of road infrastructure remains their core business. The need for more efficient and effective use of budgets requires constant balancing of funds to road assets in terms of construction and maintenance.
Assessing the budget level needed to provide optimal maintenance for road infrastructure and balancing the needs of multiple assets with budgetary constraints is an important part of the work of road administrations.
Reports from technical committees from the 2007-11 cycle can be found on the Associations website at
Performance of Transport Administrations
Brendan Nugent Alan Colegate
Climate Change and Sustainability
Brett Gliddon Andrew Excell
Road Network Operations
Improved Mobility in Urban Area
Don Hogben Rick Barber
National Road Safety Policies and Programs
Design and Operation of Safer Road Infrastructure
Road Tunnel Operations
Management of Road Assets
Earthworks and Unpaved Roads
Road Safety Manual Task Force
Austroads and the World Road Association
Australia and New Zealand are both national members of the World Road Association and each is represented by a First Delegate on the Association’s Council which meets annually. Australia and New Zealand are also actively involved in the technical committees established by the Association.
To improve communication links and provide an active facility for feeding into the Austroads strategic research process and the development of the Austroads Guides, each of the Association’s technical committees has been aligned with an Austroads program. Technical committee members are either members of the relevant Austroads group or have a direct connection to them.
Austroads has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Road Association, through which Austroads is recognised as the national committee for Australia and New Zealand. Austroads has the responsibility for managing Australia’s and New Zealand’s involvement in the World Road Association. It:
disseminates to Australian and New Zealand audiences information provided by the association;
disseminates to an international audience, through the association, national or regional information about roads and road transport;
assist the World Road Association first delegates of Australia and New Zealand:
by identifying and suggesting experts who will participate in the activities of World Road Association technical committees and working groups, and then bring support to those experts;
by contributing views and national reports related to World Road Association Activities.
brings support, without financial commitment, to the organisation and promotion of events such as seminars, hosting technical committee meetings or other World Road Association events in Australia and New Zealand
promotes World Road Association membership of individual and collective members in Australia and New Zealand and collect membership fees and forward these to the World Road Association General Secretariat in accordance with the Associations statutes and procedures.
Membership of the World Road Association
Organisations and individuals can become members of the World Road Association. The benefits of membership are outlined in this brochure
If you are interested in becoming a member you should contact:
Chief Executive Austroads Level 9 287 Elizabeth St SYDNEY Australia