About ARRB

Trusted advisor on roads and transport

For over 50 years, ARRB Group Ltd (ARRB) has provided trusted advice, technical expertise and solutions to transport and road agencies across the world. ARRB’s member agencies include Australian and New Zealand federal, state and local government bodies responsible for managing the nations transport and road networks. ARRB is a not-for-profit entity who, along with its members recognise the critical role they play in supporting one another to improve productivity, safety, sustainability and amenity outcomes for the public.

Key strategies include:

  • conducting multi-disciplinary programs of research on national priorities for Austroads
  • consulting services for members and the industry
  • creating a hub for road industry knowledge and experience which provides certainty and reliability in information
  • expanding knowledge sharing and transfer activities to meet industry needs
  • developing and commercialising innovative technology and systems.

Areas of expertise

ARRB Group’s capabilities cover the full spectrum of road transport operations including:

  • materials, pavement and concrete design and testing
  • transport policy, operations and economics
  • infrastructure asset management
  • bridge management and evaluation
  • equipment manufacture and data collection services
  • road safety
  • traffic engineering & road design
  • heavy vehicle testing and simulation
  • parking
  • climate change
  • land transport resources and information
  • knowledge transfer and capacity building.

Our customers

Our customers include:

  • all state and territory road authorities within Australia
  • national governments in Australia and New Zealand
  • local government including local councils and associations
  • state government
  • national bodies and associations
  • Australian and international aid agencies
  • transport and mining companies
  • private and engineering consultancies
  • major construction firms
  • defence, water, parks and wildlife government departments.

ARRB history

ARRB Group commenced as the ‘Australian Road Research Board’. It was formed in 1960 and incorporated in 1965. The members of the company are the state, territory and federal government road agencies in Australia, who established the organisation as a means of cooperating to undertake research of national importance that they could not justify carrying out individually.

During the 1960s, the staff of the Board operated out of an annex of the Country Roads Board, Kew (now VicRoads), and other locations, including what was a tram depot. In the early 1970s, work began on the Australian Road Research Centre (ARRC) on land located in Vermont South in Melbourne. The site was previously an apple orchard. In 1972, staff moved into the custom built premises.

Today, the Vermont South site continues to be ARRB Group’s headquarters. Within Australia, other offices are located in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, and representatives in Darwin, Canberra and Hobart.

Trusted advisor to road agencies