Research collaboration with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

BITRE Collaboration graphic

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is eager to engage with external researchers and research organisations, to make sure relevant research is being translated into policy-making.

Lyn O'Connell (Deputy Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development) addressed the 2011 Australasian Transport Research Forum, outlining priorities for strategic transport research and technology in Australia.

  • Strategic Transport Research and Technology in Australia—Process and priorities PPTX: 2619 KB

Examples of the Department's collaboration with the research community

Some examples of collaboration between the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the research community include:

  • Along with CSIRO and ARRB Group, BITRE co-hosted the Australian Low Carbon Transport Forum (ALCTF), a series of workshops involving researchers, industry, governments and community groups. The following reports are outputs from the Forum.
    • Greenhouse gas abatement potential of the Australian transport sector—Summary report PDF: 1894 KB ReadSpeaker
    • Greenhouse gas abatement potential of the Australian transport sector—Technical report PDF: 1900 KB ReadSpeaker
  • BITRE hosted a symposium on patronage forecasting for toll roads. This symposium brought together experts from the research community, industry, and government to discuss issues relating to patronage forecasting for major road projects. The summary of the symposium outcomes can be found on www.bitre.gov.au.
  • The Australian Government has contributed toward the establishment of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong. For more information, visit their website. In March 2011, The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the SMART Infrastructure Facility co-hosted the National SMART Infrastructure Research Summit. The report of proceedings from that summit can be found on smart.uow.edu.au.
  • BITRE also maintains a list of significant sources of Australian data for transport, regional and urban research at our External Data Sources page.

National research priorities

The Australian Strategic Transport Agenda for Research and Technology (ASTART) includes a number of priority themes for research in the infrastructure and transport area, which were reviewed at the Strategic Research and Technology Forum on September 27, 2011.

Specific research engagement priorities for the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development can be found here. This list will be expanded as more research engagement priorities are finalised.

If you are interested in collaborating with the Department in any of the areas in this list, or other areas that may be relevant to the Department, please register your interest here.

If you have any queries about possible research collaboration, call (02) 6274 7818 or email bitre@infrastructure.gov.au.

Primers for obtaining Commonwealth research funding

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development does not currently have a formal process for allocating research funding. Primers for obtaining Commonwealth funding for research on infrastructure and transport issues can be found here.