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About Austroads
Austroads is the association of Australasian road transport Austroads purpose is to:
and traffic agencies. Austroads members are the Australian promote improved Australian and New Zealand transport
state and territory road transport and traffic agencies, the outcomes
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development,
provide expert technical input to national policy
the Australian Local Government Association and the New
development on road and transport issues
Zealand Transport Agency.
promote improved practice and capability by road
Austroads member organisations are collectively agencies
responsible for the management of over 900,000
promote consistency in road and road agency
kilometres of roads valued at more than $200 billion
representing the single largest community asset in
Australia and New Zealand. Each year in excess of
$18 billion is spent on roads - a significant investment
by all levels of government.

Austroads Guides
Austroads publishes a range of Guides which cover the
design, construction, maintenance and operation of the
road network in Australia and New Zealand.
The Guides are important reference documents for road
agencies and transport practitioners. Road agencies across
Australia and New Zealand have adopted the Austroads
Guides, providing national consistency for agencies, road
users and the road transport industry.
In addition to the Guides listed, Austroads also publishes
several other guide type publications including Assessing
Fitness to Drive, Guidelines for Environmental Reporting,
Design Vehicles and Turning Path Templates, Bituminous
Materials Safety Guide, Building and Construction
Procurement Guide and Cycling Aspects of Austroads
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all Austroads publications.

Guide to Asset Management

The Guide to Asset Management covers the management The Guide to Asset Management comprises:
of physical road infrastructure. It includes understanding Part 1: Introduction to Asset Management
and accommodating stakeholder/community expectations, Part 2: Community and Stakeholder Requirements
formulating and reviewing asset strategies, developing Part 3: Asset Strategies
works programs, assessing asset performance and Part 4: Program Development and Implementation
undertaking asset valuations and audits. Part 5: Pavement Performance
Part 5A: Inventory
The Guide recognises the importance of total transport
Part 5B: Roughness
system management, which covers all activities concerned
Part 5C: Rutting
with the provision, operation, maintenance, renewal and
Part 5D: Strength
disposal of transport infrastructure assets.
Part 5E: Cracking
Part 5F: Skid Resistance
Part 5G: Texture
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Part 5H: Performance Modelling Part 6: Bridge Performance
Part 7: Road Related Assets Performance
Part 8: Asset Valuation and Audit
Guide to Bridge Technology
The Guide to Bridge Technology provides guidance to The Guide to Bridge Technology comprises:
bridge owners and agencies on issues related to bridge
Part 1: Introduction and Bridge Performance
ownership, design procurement, vehicle and pedestrian
Part 2: Materials
accessibility, and bridge maintenance and management.
Part 3: Typical Superstructures, Substructures and
It includes the use and application of Australian and New
Zealand bridge design standards.
Part 4: Design Procurement and Concept Design
The Guide provides a step-by-step approach to bridge Part 5: Structural Drafting
construction, discusses past learnings, and details the Part 6: Bridge Construction
planning process, common building materials, bridge Part 7: Maintenance and Management of Existing Bridges
designs and issues to consider at the design stage. It also
includes the management and ongoing maintenance of
completed structures.

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Guide to Pavement Technology

The Guide to Pavement Technology assembles pavement The Guide to Pavement Technology comprises:
knowledge from Austroads, road agencies and industry into Part 1: Introduction to Pavement Technology
an authoritative publication. Part 2: Pavement Structural Design
Part 3: Pavement Surfacings
The Guide to Pavement Technology details different
Part 4: Pavement Materials
pavement types and the conditions they are best suited
Part 4A: Granular Base and Sub Base Materials
to throughout Australia and New Zealand. It also provides
Part 4B: Asphalt
in-depth analysis and technical advice on construction,
Part 4C: Materials for Concrete Road Pavements
maintenance, and performance of road pavement surfaces.
Part 4D: Stabilised Materials
Part 4E: Recycled Materials
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Part 4F: Bituminous Binders
Part 4G: Geotextiles and Geogrids
Part 4H: Test Methods
Part 4I: Earthworks Materials
Part 4J: Aggregate and Source Rock
Part 4K: Seals
Part 4L: Stabilising Binders
Part 5: Pavement Evaluation and Treatment Design
Part 6: Unsealed Pavements
Part 7: Pavement Maintenance
Part 8: Pavement Construction
Part 9: Pavement Work Practices
Part 10: Sub-Surface Drainage

Guide to Road Transport Planning

The Guide to Road Transport Planning reviews current The Guide to Road Transport Planning will be superseded
developments in transport planning in Australasia, and in 2015 by the revised National Guidelines for Transport
identifies issues and areas that should be considered in System Management in Australia.
planning for road route and link infrastructure.
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The Guide provides an introduction to transport planning
and identifies the critical elements necessary for good
practice. It also examines current road transport planning
processes, guidelines within jurisdictions, existing
challenges, and trends.
Guide to Project Delivery
The Guide to Project Delivery provides guidance to The Guide to Project Delivery comprises:
road agency personnel involved in the delivery of
Part 1: Overview
infrastructure projects. Project delivery includes all of the
Part 2: Project Delivery Planning and Control
activities required to facilitate completion of the project,
Part 3: Contract Management
and comprises project planning, project management,
Part 4: Direct Management and Construction
environmental assessment, design and construction.
The Guide compiles material from Austroads member
agencies into a consolidated resource, providing an
Australasian approach to project delivery that covers the
main road authority requirements.

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Guide to Traffic Management

The Guide to Traffic Management captures contemporary The Guide to Traffic Management comprises:
traffic management practice including emerging
Part 1: Introduction to Traffic Management
techniques and technologies, and relevant international
Part 2: Traffic Theory
experience. It provides valuable guidance to practitioners
Part 3: Traffic Studies and Analysis
in the implementation of efficient, safe and economical
Part 4: Network Management
management of road traffic.
Part 5: Road Management
Part 6: Intersections. Interchanges and Crossings
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Part 7: Traffic Management in Activity Centres
Part 8: Local Area Traffic Management
Part 9: Traffic Operations
Part 10: Traffic Control and Communication Devices
Part 11: Parking
Part 12: Traffic Impacts of Developments
Part 13: Road Environment Safety

Guide to Road Design

The Guide to Road Design provides valuable guidance The Guide to Road Design comprises:
to designers in the production of safe, economical and
Part 1: Introduction to Road Design
efficient road designs. The Guide covers specific aspects
Part 2: Design Considerations
of the design process and deals with the geometric
Part 3: Geometric Design
elements of the road, together with drainage and roadside
Part 4: Intersections and Crossings - General
Part 4A: Unsignalised and Signalised Intersections
Although local conditions and circumstances may Part 4B: Roundabouts
sometimes require unique or innovative approaches to Part 4C: Interchanges
design, the bulk of works can be well accommodated Part 5: Drainage General and Hydrology Considerations
by the approach outlined in the Guide to Road Design. Part 5A: Drainage Road Surface, Networks, Basins and
The Guide recognises that the design of roads should be Subsurface
based on the capabilities and behaviour of all road users, Part 5B: Drainage Open Channels, Culverts and Floodways
including pedestrians and cyclists, and on the performance Part 6: Roadside Design, Safety and Barriers
and characteristics of vehicles. Part 6A: Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths
Part 6B: Roadside Environment
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Guide to Road Safety
The Guide to Road Safety examines the cost of road The Guide to Road Safety comprises:
crashes and the duty of care of road agencies to provide Part 1: Road Safety Overview
safe travel. The advantages and disadvantages of different Part 2: Road Safety Strategy and Evaluation
ways of measuring road safety are discussed. The Safe Part 3: Speed Limits and Speed Management
System approach is explained, along with the merits of an Part 4: Local Government and Community Road Safety
evidence-based approach to road safety countermeasures. Part 5: Road Safety for Rural and Remote Areas
The Safe System seeks to eliminate death and serious Part 6: Road Safety Audit
injury on the road network and to achieve this recognises Part 7: Road Network Crash Risk Assessment and
that there are limits to the forces a human can withstand Management
in a collision. To reduce these forces the Safe System Part 8: Treatment of Crash Locations
centres around four cornerstones: safe roads, safe speeds, Part 9: Roadside Hazard Management
safe vehicles and safe road users.

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Guide to Project Evaluation

The Guide to Project Evaluation provides guidelines, tools The Guide to Project Evaluation comprises:
and techniques for use in the evaluation of projects. It Part 1: Introduction to Project Evaluation
provides guidance to practitioners seeking advice beyond Part 2: Project Evaluation Methodology
the standard benefit-cost analysis or multi-criteria analysis Part 3: Models and Procedures
evaluations, including project risk assessment, the national Part 4: Project Evaluation Data
and regional impacts of projects, distributional (equity) Part 5: Impact on National and Regional Economies
effects of projects, and project post-evaluation analysis. Part 6: Distributional (Equity) Effects
The Guide to Project Evaluation will be superseded in 2015 Part 7: Post-completion Evaluation
by the revised National Guidelines for Transport System Part 8: Examples
Management in Australia.

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Guide to Road Tunnels

The Guide to Road Tunnels provides high level guidance The Guide to Road Tunnels comprises:
to practitioners involved in the planning, design, operation
Part 1: Introduction to Road Tunnels
and maintenance of road tunnels in Australia and New
Part 2: Planning, Design and Commissioning
Zealand. Principles and standards identified are based on
Part 3: Operation and Maintenance
Australasian and international experience. International
practices have been considered in the light of Australasian
experience and adopted (where appropriate), cognisant of
Australasian conditions and legislation.
The Guide provides planners and designers with a
wide range of factors to be considered and defines the
standards required to produce an acceptable design. It
can also be used by senior decision makers to help guide
the assessment of proposals.

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