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.
To celebrate 50 years of road and transport research, a book titled ARRB the first fifty years is now available for purchase.