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ITS Australia and ITS Canada sign MOU

Media Release October 23, 2012 – Press Release PDF

ITS Australia and ITS Canada sign MOU

At the 2012 World Congress, ITS Australia and ITS Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster the development and deployment of ITS technologies in both countries.

The two nations share many common elements impacting the deployment of intelligent transportation technologies, including large land masses with relatively sparse populations, long inter-urban corridors, and a heavy economic dependence on international trade, much of it resource based.

The MOU will permit exchanges of ITS professionals and information, educational and professional development initiatives, and the joint marketing and promotion of events in each country. Specifically, among other initiatives, the two organisations will take advantage of a suite of courses recently developed by ITS Canada to determine their applicability and application in Australia.

Melbourne based ITS Australia has also been named the host of the 2016 ITS World Congress, and the organisations will work jointly to enhance Canadian participation. Canada is vying for the 2017 World Congress in Canada, and the two organisations will work collaboratively to maximise the success of the bid.

ITS Australia President Brian Negus said his organisation is excited to announce the establishment of a formal MOU with ITS Canada. “Our nations face many similar challenges with congested urban areas and busy ports combined with the contrast of large remote areas and extreme climates,” he said.

“We look forward to collaborating more closely regarding ITS developments specifically across the business case for ITS, advanced traveller information systems, connected vehicles, as well as national and regional ITS architecture. We will also look to opportunities to collaborate on the education and professional development of ITS professionals in both countries,” said Brian Negus.

ITS Canada Chair Scott Stewart added: “As ITS has emerged as a mainstream technology, the global issues surrounding congestion, safety, and sustainability must be addressed through international collaboration. This MOU is an excellent step forward.”

For further information contact:

Ms Susan Harris, Chief Executive Officer, ITS Australia

T: +61 (0)3 9646 6466 E: [email protected]

Mr Carl Kuhnke, Executive Director, ITS Canada

T: +1 (905) 876-2355 E: [email protected]


About ITS Australia

Established in 1992, Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia) is the nation’s principal organisation focused on facilitating the development and deployment of advanced technologies across all modes of transport – air, sea, road and rail. ITS Australia is an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation representing members of the Industry including government, consumer organisations and academia. Visit:


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$23.5 million Transport Congress to be held in Melbourne in 2016


$23.5 million Transport Congress to be held in Melbourne in 2016

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher and Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder have today announced that Melbourne has won the right to host the prestigious Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in October 2016.

Expected to attract more than 5000 delegates to the city and generate more than $23.5 million for Victoria, the large-scale trade exhibition and conference will be held over five days at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Full Press Release


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Australian ITS industry bids for Cooperative Research Centre

Australia’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry is lodging a bid with the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research to secure funding for a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

The industry’s objectives for the CRC in Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) include ensuring Australia’s position in the global development of ITS technologies and facilitating the deployment of ITS across Australia.

ITSA Release 2 Feb 12 CRC

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ITS Australia Joins IBEC

What are the benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems? What are the costs? How do we know?

ITS Australia has recently joined the International Benefits, Evaluation and Costs (IBEC) Working Group to help answer these and other exciting questions!  The IBEC Working Group is an international group of 400 transportation professionals from over 50 countries, all interested in the evaluation, costs and benefits of ITS.

Membership is open to all interested individuals and it’s FREE!  You are encouraged to join and help build the case for investment in ITS technology.   Any if you would like any further information please contact Russell Whale, [email protected], an ITS Australia member and current member of the IBEC Management Committee or refer to the IBEC website.
IBEC’s activities include:

  • Thought-provoking and informative sessions at the annual ITS World Congress
  • E-mail discussion group where members can post questions and get answers
  • Information exchange through an online library
  • Networking opportunities at regional ITS conferences

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LinkedIn ITS Australia Discussion Forum

ITS Australia has recently established the ITS Australia LinkedIn Discussion Forum to foster collaboration and discussion on ITS issues relevant to Australia and our region.  Log on and join in discussions.

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Host an ITS Australia Event

ITS Australia is looking for various sites and meeting spaces to host industry events throughout the year. If you have a meeting room, technical site or interesting space that you would like to showcase to the industry please contact Lauren Kneebone on 03 9646 6466 or

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ITS Australia welcomes new President

Brian Negus – President, ITS Australia
General Manager Public Policy RACV

Brian is the President of ITS Australia and represents ITSA on the ITS Asia Pacific World Congress Board. He has been a Board member for four years and brings over 40 years of Government and private sector transport experience to these roles.

Brian is currently General Manager Public Policy for the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Ltd and is responsible for preparing transport policies and proposals to improve road and public transport operations, road safety, road user behaviour, vehicle safety and the sustainability of motoring. These proposals are promoted to Governments and stakeholders on behalf of RACV’s two million members.

Brian draws on senior management experience from his former positions as Deputy Director of Public Transport in Victoria, regional Director at VicRoads, General Manager of Port Planning at the Melbourne Port Corporation and First Assistant Secretary Roads & Ports at the Victorian Department of Transport.

The application of Intelligent Transport Systems to improve roads, public transport, vehicle and pedestrian safety and sustainability of motoring are a particular focus of Brian’s interests. As a Board member of ITSA Brian has been active in the preparation of the national strategy for ITS, the creation of the National Awards for ITS and the ITSA Business Plan. He has also been instrumental in fostering ITSA involvement in the Asia Pacific region and more widely across Europe and America.

Brian has a keen interest in initiatives and programs to support community services and improve well being in society. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Templestowe since 1985 and served as Club President and Chair of the District Community Services Committee.

The ITS Australia Board consists of not more than 15 elected individuals from ITS Membership organisations across industry Government and Academia Australia wide. Each of whom hold office for a period of 2 years. An election for ITS Australia Directors is held in November at the Annual General Meeting.

  • Mr Brian Negus (RACV) – President
  • Mr Dean Zabrieszach (Vic Roads) – Vice President
  • Mr Graham Ackers (GHD)
  • Mr Phillip Blake (Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure)
  • Dr Hussein Dia (AECOM)
  • Mr Gino Dompietro (SKM)
  • Mr Adam Game (Intelematics Australia)
  • Dr Glenn Geers (NICTA)
  • Mr Andrew Mehaffey (Roads and Maritime Services)
  • Mr Steve Mitchell (Connecteast)
  • Mr Jeremy Nassau (Transurban)
  • Mr Michael Sutton (Department of Transport and Regional Services)
  • Mr Dennis Walsh (Department of Main Roads (Queensland)

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