Industry body releases new strategic plan

The Australian industry group has unveiled its plans for the next few years in Melbourne this morning

Industry body releases new strategic plan
Roads Australia has released its strategic plan

Transport industry group Roads Australia has unveiled a new strategic plan that focuses on aligning industry wishes with community expectations over the next three years.

The 2022-2024 strategic plan sets out the evolution of RA’s activities and policy goals to align with community expectations.

RA president Michael Bushby launched the plan at the opening of the 2022 Transport Summit in Melbourne today, saying the plan reflected the mantra of adapting to disruption.

"Disruption is occurring in every conceivable fashion - whether through geopolitical developments, COVID, the influence of technology or rapidly changing community expectations," Bushby says.

"As an organisation, RA needs to make certain it is equipped to respond to changing realities – and embrace emerging opportunities."

The plan commits RA to three overarching policy goals:

  • To optimise the use of Australia’s roads for environmental, social, economic and cultural outcomes
  • To improve the stewardship of Australia’s roads for the workers on them and the people that use them
  • To decarbonise the economy through integrated transport and the efficient use of resources and energy

Bushby says these goals can help the Australian transport industry to plan its infrastructure developments around sustainable ideals.

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"These goals reflect the continuing evolution of our industry and this organisation, as we continue to broaden our focus beyond physical road infrastructure and consider how an integrated transport network can align with wider community expectations," he says.

"This includes improving the diversity of our industry’s workforce through initiatives such as the RA Fellowship and Emerging Leaders Program and working collaboratively to support other industry efforts that will improve workforce culture, making our sector more attractive to those from diverse backgrounds."

During his address, Bushby provided practical examples of actions RA is undertaking in support of its policy goals.

He pointed to the forthcoming launch of a report produced through an industry-first partnership outlining proposed actions that support a focus on place, emissions reduction, investment in renewables and smart technologies, and promote engagement and collaboration across the transport asset lifecycle.

He also highlighted RA’s role as a principal partner for National Road Safety Week which is currently underway, particularly reflecting on RA’s commitment to improving the safety of road workers by supporting regulatory changes and the use of technology that can better protect the industry’s workforce.

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