AUSTROADS is the national association of road transport and traffic authorities. It provides strategic direction for the development, management and use of Australia's road system through consultation and discussion with peak industry bodies. The functions of AUSTROADS are coordination of research, and preparation of guides and standards for improvements in, and harmonisation of, practices within an agreed national policy framework. Its membership comprises the six Australian State and two Territory road authorities, the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services, the Australian Local Government Association and Transit New Zealand.
Under the authority of AUSTROADS, NEVDIS (National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System) has been developed. It is a national database that provides access to all registered vehicles and licensed drivers in Australia. It was implemented in an effort to reduce license fraud, vehicle theft and vehicle fraud. The aim of the NEVDIS registration module is to ensure that vehicles in Australia can be uniquely identified through the vehicle's VIN and that a vehicle can only be identified and registered in one State at any given time.
ARRB Transport Research Ltd
ARRB Transport Research Ltd is a leading provider of value added technology and research services addressing land transport problems. The company's National Strategic Research Program, performed under contract to AUSTROADS, keeps Australia at the leading edge of developments in the road transport industry.
ARRB Transport Research employs over 140 people who form a multi-disciplinary pool of scientists, engineers, and specialist technical and support staff for infrastructure design, asset management, construction quality, materials testing, traffic operations, safety analysis, environmental sustainability, and freight issues.
The company has its headquarters in Melbourne, with extensive laboratory and testing facilities, and an office in Perth to service customers in Western Australia and the Indian Ocean Rim.
In addition to addressing Australia's transport problems, ARRB Transport Research has a rapidly growing export business, with products sold in over 60 countries.
National Road Transport Commission (NRTC)
The National Road Transport Commission (NRTC) is a small, independent body established in 1991. Its charter is to develop nationally uniform or consistent policies and practices that improve the safety and efficiency of road transport, and reduce its environmental impacts and the costs of administration. The NRTC and its national transport legislation were to have expired in January 1998, but have been extended until 2004.
Transport reforms are developed in close consultation with Commonwealth Government, the State and Territory Governments, the road transport industry, road user groups and other interested persons and organisations, for approval by Australia's Transport Ministers.