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Dear Stakeholders,

In 2019, the Austroads Board agreed to produce a suite of harmonised technical specifications for use by the Australian and New Zealand Road and Transport agencies. Key benefits of this reform include:
• Reduced costs and improved productivity for companies delivering transport infrastructure by the adoption of standardised construction techniques and associated management processes
• Increased ability for road and transport agencies to ensure that their technical specifications reflect industry best practice
• Reduced burden on each road and transport agency to maintain their own unique specifications

I have been representing the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning (DTP) on the Austroads Technical Advisory Group and have been working closely with the other Australian and New Zealand Road and Transport agencies on the development and implementation of this key initiative.

DTP is committed and ready to commence the adoption and implementation of the Austroads Technical Specifications within Victoria. This process will commence in 2023 and it is expected that this will take several years to complete.

As important contributors and key stakeholders to the development and maintenance of Victoria’s transport infrastructure, I would like to ensure that you are kept abreast on the progress of this project. I appreciate your anticipated involvement in this implementation process.

To ensure that you don’t miss any crucial project information, I encourage you to subscribe by visiting the ATS Implementation Newsletter
If you have any specific enquiries or require further assistance with the ATS Implementation, please contact our ATS team at

Thank you for your attention and I look forward to your continued engagement with our ATS
Implementation Newsletter.

Yours sincerely,

David Barton

Chief Engineer – Roads

Department of Transport and Planning