Austroads future direction is outlined in its Strategic Plan 2012-2016. It is based on an assessment of the evolving context in which Austroads operates. There have been significant changes in the institutional arrangements and roles and responsibilities of various entities over the past few years. The new Plan is framed in response to these changes and establishes the basis for Austroads participation in the current environment as well as ensuring that we are in a position to respond effectively to further changes as they emerge. The Plan has idenfitied eight strategic priorities that will be the focus of Austroads efforts over that period.
Of the eight, three relate to Austroads directly; the remainder relate to those areas in which Austroads will assist its members.
Leadership Austroads will play a leadership role in the Australasian transport sector and be a major contributor to the national reform agenda.
Relationships Austroads will build strong relationships with other stakeholders in the transport sector and foster a collaborative approach across the sector.
Knowledge Sharing Austroads will create improved distribution, sharing, learning and innovation to support decision making.
Austroads will assist members in relation to:
Customer Serivce Identify and understand community needs and achieve social outcomes.
Asset Management Provide the road network services the community needs at least long term cost.
Productivity Maximise the contribution that roads and related infrastructure makes to the economy.
Road Safety Reduce the impact of road trauma.
Environmentally Sustainable Transport Manage the delivery of infrastructure services and use of the road network in a more sustainable way.
In a new initiative an Operational Plan has been developed, which complements the Strategic Plan. It identifies proposed projects to be undertaken over the life of the Plan by each program to achieve their specified outcomes. This level of detail will provide much greater clarity about what Austroads will be doing over the next four years.