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Latest Updates

28 May, 2015

Professionals Australia's Better Infrastructure Campaign


If you believe it is time to engineer a change in the way governments make decisions about infrastructure projects, then you may like to have a look at Professionals Australia's Better Infrastructure campaign.


Click here.

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Automated Vehicles Seminar Slides


Presentation slides from our March 2015 Automated Vehicles seminar are now available on our Seminars page.


Presentations include:

  • Automated Vehicles: Human Factors, Challenges and Solutions, Prof. Mike Regan, ARRB
  • Driverless Vehicles, Carl Liersch, Robert Bosch (Australia)
  • The role of connectivity with automation, Stuart Ballingall, Austroads
  • How might driverless transport transform demand?, Andrew Somers, Transoptim Consulting

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Funding Grants for Women in Engineering and Resources


From March 2015 the 2015 Women & Leadership Australia initiative will provide women in the Resources and Engineering Sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the Resources and Engineering sector at three levels: 

  1. Senior Management and Executive level Women Leaders can apply for $11,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.
  2. Women Managers can apply for $4,500 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.
  3. Women at all management levels can apply for a limited allocation of subsidised seats to attend the Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums

 Click the link under each category for more information. 

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Dancing Traffic Lights


This unique traffic light in Lisbon, Portugal, keeps people entertained while they wait to cross the street. Additionally, it has achieved an astounding 81% more pedestrian compliance.


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ITE Young Member Dues Reduced


The ITE has recently introduced a new dues structure for members aged 30 years or under. Young Professionals can now receive all of the benefits at a reduced cost.


See our Young Professionals page under "Join ITE" for more details.

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ITE Technical Council Reorganisation


The ITE's International Board of Direction has recently confirmed a major reorganisation of ITE's Techcnical Councils. The new structure of the Technical Councils and standing supporting committees is shown below. For more information, see our Technical Councils page.


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2015 Annual Breakfast Meeting


Our annual breakfast meeting for 2015 was again held at the RACV Club in Melbourne's CBD. This sell out event was attended by over 100 guests from the transport profession and wider community including:

  • Guest speaker, The Hon. Luke Donnellan, Minister for Roads and Road Safety and Minister for Ports; 
  • Contribution to the Transport Profession Award winner, Prof. David Hensher of the University of Sydney;
  • Emerging Transport Professional of the Year Award winner, Kenn Beer of Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd; 
  • SIDRA SOLUTIONS Postgraduate Student Award winner, Rui Jiang of Queensland University of Technology; and
  • GHD Undergraduate Student Award winner, Sahan Wijayaratna of University of Technology, Sydney.

We thank the Minister for his time and key event sponsors RACV.


The Minister's presentation is available here.




More photos can be found on our Facebook page.

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Newsletter January 2015


Click here for the January 2015 Newsletter.


Click here for our newsletter archive.


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Don McKenzie elected to the ITE International Board of Direction

ITEANZ's very own Don McKenzie has been elected to the ITE International Board of Direction as the District 8 (International) Director in 2015.


"Don McKenzie is a technical director and branch manager of TDG - New Zealand's largest specialist traffic engineering and transportation consultancy. Don is a chartered professional engineer and has been a member of ITE since 2003. He provides technical and professional leadership of the Auckland office of TDG and has more than 20 years of experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering design, road safety assessment, and transportation impact assessment. He regularly provides expert witness testimony before local and regional planning hearings.

Don is active in an industry advisory role with the University of Auckland and delivers an annual guest lecture at the university. he was National Administrator of the Transportation Technical Group of the New Zealand Institution of Professional Engineers for six years and is a regular contributor to the group's activities both locally and nationally. Don has been the New Zealand representative on the ITE Australia-New Zealand Section Executive Committee since 2008 and has contributed to several ITE sub-committees and working groups on matters including person and vehicle trip generation, and roundabout design."


Congratulations Don!


Click here for Don's report on this month's ITE Journal.

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Why are young people driving less?


Alexa Delboscv, Lecturer at Monash University says:


“In the past, Australian society and urban form has been shaped around the private car. Recently, Australia and much of the developed world has seen an unprecedented change in how we travel. For the first time in decades, young adults are becoming less likely to get a car license and use the car than previous generations. This unprecedented decrease in car use is one of the most significant emerging trends in transport research and potentially marks the greatest shift in mobility since the invention of the car.”


Read more here.

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Who's Driving?

In the near future, your driverless car is taking you to your Sunday lunch. You are checking the restaurant reviews. A huge deep hole opens up in front of the car. It’s too late to brake but to swerve would mean ploughing into a Sunday School picnic.

What does your robot car do?

Robot drones can fall out of the sky. Who is responsible? Owner? Designer/builder?

Read more.

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The Difference Between Life and Death


The safe system approach is a proven way to save lives and reduce serious injuries. It recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash. It reduces the price paid for a mistake so crashes don't result in loss of life or limb. Mistakes are inevitable - deaths and serious injuries from road crashes are not.


Learn more about the safe system approach by watching this short video below, and then share it with your colleagues, friends and family.


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2014 President's Dinner

The annual President's Dinner was held on Tuesday 18 November.

The ITEANZ President, Nick Szwed, welcomed all who attended at the beautiful Kew Golf Course.

The guest speaker was Marsha Anderson Bomar who gave an inspiring speach about issues facing the transport profession in the USA. She spoke about creative funding arrangements, how the ITE can advance the debate about transport issues and about Envision - a relatively new tool for evaluating different types of sustainability projects.



More pictures are on our facebook page

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Fast Train to Tulla?


For an excellent article outlining the pros and cons, click here.

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New Zealand Transport News


Red, red lines?

Not confused words from an old Bob Marley or UB40 song but some recent traffic management measures installed by Auckland Transport that are causing a bit of confusion ... but as Auckland Transport explain it is part of a bigger plan (some parts of it delayed by contractor and sign materials supply difficulties).


Alice emerges and turns around

The world’s 10th largest Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has been reported on in recent ITEAZ newsletters and has her own Facebook page ( Her most recent exploits include emerging after having completed the first tunnel (over the past 10 months) is currently in the process of turning around and heading back to where she started.

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Motor Vehicle Safety Act Review Submission

The ITEANZ made a submission on 20 October 2014 to the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in relation to a review of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act 1989.


The Options Discussion Paper and the media release are available via the Department’s website at  The review indicates the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce death and injury on our roads while reducing red tape and building a strong and prosperous economy.


Our stance on the options is to support any reform that streamlines the Act, regulations and Australian Design Rules, but to oppose the options that would downgrade vehicle safety just for the sake of reducing the regulatory burden.  Our vehicle safety standards are more stringent than most other countries and we should not accept lower standards for the sake of international harmonisation.


ITEANZ submission.

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Motor Vehicle Window Tinting

Motor vehicle window tinting has been a subject of community discussion in recent years and ITEANZ has developed a position on this issue after a thorough process of peer review. Our position paper can be found here.

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In Victorian Transport News...

We have scoured newspapers this month to bring you a selection of transport editorials you may be interested in.

"Bankers and lawyers get rich pushing road over rail", The Age, 2 August 2014

"Are pricey streets a road to ruin?", The Age, 3 August 2014


"Push for consumers to pay more in peak", The Age, 7 August 2014


"Glitter begins to rub off in the outer suburbs", The Age, 21 August 2014

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Sustainable Transport Vs Level of Service

For the last five decades, the singular focus on preserving traffic level of service (LOS) for automobiles has inhibited the implementation of sustainable transportation projects. Read more here.

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Toyota Engineer Awarded Patent for Vehicle to Infrastructure System


Toyota Technical Center's general manager of the Integrated Vehicle Systems Department, Hideki Hada, has been awarded a patent for the development of vehicle speed indication using vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) technology. The idea behind vehicle speed indication using V2I is to improve traffic flow by dynamically adjusting posted speed limits on highways using vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication. The system uses Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) to transmit vehicle speed to the highway infrastructure management system, which collects that data and calculates an optimal speed of vehicles on that highway based on the traffic condition in the area. This optimal speed is sent to vehicles using DSRC wireless communication. Toyota has been contributing a large scale field operational test of this 5.9GHz DSRC technology at its Ann Arbor, MI, USA campus and proven the feasibility of this technology which can contribute to the improvement of vehicle safety and create the foundation for future connected-and-automated driving systems.


For more information, click here.

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Traffic Signals Optional?


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New Zealand Road News

There is further debate and technical work being undertaken regarding the (controversial) creation of a possible new roading link via the Haast - Hollyford route through the rugged and largely remote West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The alignment through the south Westland region towards the world renowned Milford Sound and the tourism centres of Te Anau and Queenstown, has been considered and debated for many decades. Renewed interest in the route is being given with the prospect of a private sector PPP project.

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Prototype for Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways has announced the development of the first prototype solar road that is designed to replace the United States' deteriorating highway infrastructure and crumbling power grid with an intelligent highway system that pays for itself by generating renewable energy. The road is made from structurally engineered solar panels that are driven upon. The road panels contain LEDs for painting road lines from beneath the surface. Moreover, the system also includes a heating element to prevent snow/ice accumulation in northern climates and a microprocessor board for control and communications. The next phase is the commercialization plan to begin the manufacturing process.


To watch the video, visit



Join the conversation about this technology on ITE Community.

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New Zealand Transport News

  • After a total of five deaths were recorded on NZ roads after the recent Queens Birthday holiday weekend there is a renewed call for a detailed review of the controls and regulations around international tourist drivers on NZ roads.

  • As New Zealand’s largest city Auckland struggle with the combined challenges of growth in development and population, funding of the city’s transport infrastructure and maintaining the effectiveness and efficiency of the transport system overall, the city’s transport agency has released a discussion document outlining proposals for an overhaul of public parking including some fairly controversial ideas.

  • With one of NZ’s largest tunnelling projects for the past decade or more well underway, the progress of the project’s tunnel boring machine “Alice” is tracked …

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ITEANZ Board member awarded MEF Scholarship

ITEANZ Board Member, Daniel Przychodzki, was awarded a Municipal Engineering Foundation (MEF) Scholarship, which involves an overseas study tour in August this year.


He will be visiting the United States (including San Francisco, Miami and New York), Canada (including Toronto, to attend the American Public Works Association Congress), and also the United Kingdom (London).  Daniel's particular topic of interest is on providing infrastructure to encourage Active Transport options in established areas. 


Other Scholarship awardees involved in the study tour will be investigating impacts of climate change on coastal infrastructure, latest project management trends, and evaluation and benchmarking of public works programs, infrastructure condition and capacity. 


We congratulate Daniel on his achievement.

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Truck Safety

Truck operators are divided on safety standards. Interested? Click here.

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The Impact of Parking on Sustainable Cities

One bus equals a lot of cars

Want to read an interesting article on how car parks affect our cities? Try this.

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2014 Annual Breakfast Meeting

A very successful breakfast meeting was held on 12th February.  The guest speaker was Luke Donnellan, Victorian Shadow Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC.  The event was proudly sponsored by RACV.


2014 Breakfast    Luke Donnellan


More photos can be found on our facebook page.

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Driver Training

The International Road Federation, in Washington DC, has published this important research paper, from its Driver Behaviour, Education and Training sub-committee, giving the reasons why drivers should NOT be taught 'how to get out of a skid' or how to do a last-minute 'evasive swerve'.

The typical result of such training is not only more crashes rather than fewer, but also those crashes tend to be at higher speeds (due, it is believed, to increased over-confidence).

View the paper (pdf) at:

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2013 President's Dinner

The ITEANZ President's Dinner was held on Tuesday 19th November at the Kew Golf Club.


The keynote speaker was Mr Greg Barber, Parliamentary Leader of the Victorian Greens.


The evening was sponsored by SIDRA Solutions and the MC for the event was the ITEANZ Vice-President, Mr Tim Absalom, due to the inability of the President to attend.


2013 President's dinner


More photos can be found on the ITE ANZ facebook page.

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1958 Road Safety Advert

If you would like to see how road safety was being advertised in 1958 click here

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Signalised Intersection Transformed

If you want to see a video (15 min) of how a very busy fully signalised intersection in the UK was transformed and traffic signals removed click here .

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News from around Australia and the World


CASR report outlines benefits from lower suburban speed limits: click here


New design revealed for Flinders St station, but timeframe and budget not yet clear: click here


WA state budget provides funding to commence two major public transport projects - MAX light rail and an airport rail line: click here


Innovative tolling proposed for Tullamarine Fwy to meet Melbourne Airport needs. Click here.


Engineers are among top 10 most trustworthy professions. Click here.


Underground parking for bicycles? Could only happen in Japan.

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Cycling Forum

A forum on cycling was held on 24 April 2013 at Richmond Town Hall.  Over 100 people attended this very informative session with 12 speakers from a wide range of organisations - government and non-government. Each of the speakers' presentations is on the Seminars and Conferences page.


Cycling Forum -  Richmond Town Hall

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ITE Transport Resources

If you are looking for reliable articles, papers and other resources in relation to on-road transport that have been verified and checked, have a look at this site:

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Counting Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Research Brief: Active Living Research, University of California, San Diego
The research brief describes types of technologies available for counting bicyclists and pedestrians and the benefits and challenges associated with different approaches. The brief also explains how bicyclist and pedestrian count data can be used to inform transportation planning and present trends in levels of bicycle and pedestrian activity.

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