Australasian Transport Research Forum

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The ATRF is the principal transport research conference in Australia and New Zealand. It brings together transport researchers, policymakers, advisors and practitioners from a range of disciplines to share and build upon the latest research and thinking. The conference is held in a different location each year.

The ATRF is underpinned by a three-level organisation.

  • The Executive Committee comprises representatives of academia, federal and state governments and private consultancies across Australia and New Zealand and it coordinates the forward program for the conference.
  • The Scientific Committee oversees the peer review of conference papers submitted for the annual conference.
  • The Local Organising Committee has primary responsibility for running the conference in the host city.

News & Updates

Vale John HE Taplin 1930–2019

Professor John Taplin, joint founder of the ATRF and distinguished Australian transport economist, died on 17 March 2019, aged 88.

A brief outline of John's achievements.

41st Australasian Transport Research Forum

The 41st Australasian Transport Research Forum will be held from 30 September to 2 October 2019 at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra. The Call for Papers is now open. Please see for conference details.  

We look forward to seeing you in Canberra.

40th Australasian Transport Research Forum

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

John H Taplin Prize for Best Paper: Akshay Vij, Stacey Ryan, Spring Sampson & Susan Harris for the paper titled:  “The Australian market for on-demand transport”

David Willis Memorial Prize for Best Student Paper: Yale Wong, David Hensher & Corinne Mulley for the paper titled: “Stated preference design for mobility as a service (MaaS) broker/aggregator contracts”

Professional Practice Prize for the Best Professional Practice Paper: Natalie Liew, Brendon Baker & Tim Crane for the paper titled: “Key elements of city shaping projects: A practitioner's perspective”