Transport Australia Society

Transport Australia society (TAs) is a technical society that provides leadership, professional development and networking opportunities for transport professionals in Australia. We also provide expert input to government on transport policy, reform and infrastructure investment.

TAs has been in operation in some form since 1975 and exists as a focused community of practice for transport professionals. Our members have access to a series of webinars and events throughout the year which are run online or in person in various states. 

In seeking to improve national wellbeing, productivity and sustainability by influencing transport decisions, we’ve identified six key focus areas:

  1. Transport in Australia’s cities.
  2. Game-changing technologies.
  3. Maintaining and improving international competitiveness.
  4. Identifying and allocating costs and benefits.
  5. Sustainable transport systems.
  6. Safety and security.

You can learn more about these issues in our key issues document which is available on our EA Exchange site.

With branches in the ACT, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia and more than 100,000 members, TAs has the resources and reach of a large organisation. We also have more than 20 corporate member organisations around Australia.

Leadership

Current national executive members are: 

  • Shalendra Ram FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER (QLD) – Chair
  • Scott Elaurant MIEAust CPEng NER (SA) - Deputy Chair
  • Flori Mihai FIEAust  (WA) - Treasurer
  • David Lowe FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER (NSW)
  • David Hayward MIEAust (QLD)
  • Jerome Catbagan FIEAust CPEng NER (ACT)
  • Peter Wills (VIC) 
  • Mark Johnston (TAS)
  • Ali Rajabipour MIEAust CPEng NER (NT)
  • Barry Moore FIEAust CPEng NER (WA)

Corresponding Members:

  • Scott Martin (Aviation Working Group)
  • Madison Elliott (Student Membership Working Group)
  • Chris Baker (Rail Working Group)
Membership

Anyone with an interest in transport issues can join TAs. You’ll receive our regular newsletter and access to a program of events and activities. Membership costs $66 including GST per year. 

To join, login or create an account in the EA member portal. Once you’re logged in, click on the products and services tab then click Join on the Technical Society Membership tile and follow the prompts.

Corporate membership is also available to organisations for $550 including GST per year. If you’d like to apply for corporate membership, email us for further information.

Engage with us

Join EA Exchange to view our constitution, executive plan, key issues document, newsletters, discussion papers and all webinar, conference and event materials. You can also network with other technical society members on this interactive forum.

Discussion papers

Active transport discussion paper cover
Transport Australia Society | April 2019

Active transport

This document is intended to inform discussion on the benefits of active transport in managing travel demand and addressing environmental and health challenges.

Autonomous vehicles discussion paper cover
Transport Australia Society | July 2019

Autonomous vehicles

This discussion paper provides insights and recommendations for the planning and integration of Connected Vehicles (CV), Automated Vehicles (AV) and Connected Automated Vehicles (CAV) in our transport systems and services.

Cover of aviation infrastructure discussion paper
Transport Australia Society | March 2021

Aviation infrastructure

This document has been produced with an aim to improve aviation in Australia and is intended to inform discussions contributing to Australia’s aviation economy, which is essential for communities, industries, businesses, and tourism. The focus of the paper is on the airport, from the air to the land side, including transport infrastructure planning and engineering, today and in the future.

Climate change and transport discussion paper cover
Transport Australia Society | October 2020

Climate change and transport

This discussion paper is intended to give practical guidance to transport professionals on how they should incorporate consideration of climate change into their work. It should be seen as a statement of principles and objectives and does not replace or supersede engineers’ obligations under other engineering guidelines and standards.

Maritime transport infrastructure discussion paper
Transport Australia Society | June 2020

Maritime transport

This document aims to improve marine transport infrastructure and services in Australia. It is intended to inform discussion in relation to the important issues and challenges faced in the industry currently and to ensure the industry has the capacity and capability to efficiently harness future growth opportunities from new and expanded industries.