This is the first annual report on ARRB research activities carried out under the Austroads – ARRB Partnership Agreement covering 2010/11. This new agreement follows the highly successful Technical Research Agreement which commenced in 2004/05.
Over the six years of the Technical Research Agreement, ARRB rebuilt and consolidated research expertise in the core areas of asset management, bituminous surfacings, pavement technology and road safety engineering. In doing so a significant body of research work has been delivered in support of the objectives of the current Austroads Strategic Plan 2007–2012. There were 57
projects under the 2010/11 Partnership Agreement with total budget value of $6.37 million.
ARRB’s vision is to be a trusted advisor to road authorities for technical input and solutions. In the annual survey of key stakeholders undertaken by Austroads, 78%of Board members were satisfied with the quality and relevance of the Austroads technical research undertaken by ARRB, and over 65% of Board members stated that the Austroads technical research undertaken by ARRB had
provided significant benefits to their organisations.
Building on a strong base, the Austroads – ARRB Partnership Agreement has already produced significant outputs as reflected in this report for 2010/11. Further enhancement of this agreement is in progress for 2011/12 and beyond to ensure that ARRB research continues to underpin technology development and innovation for the next Austroads Strategic Plan 2012–2016.