A seminar dedicated to the public policy issues associated with road user pricing in Australia

Scroll down to see videos of presentations.

Speakers & Panelists

  • Peter Harris AO, Chairman, Productivity Commission
  • The Hon John Brumby AO, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne and Monash University
  • Professor Ian Harper, Reserve Bank Board Member and Senior Advisor to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Professor John Quiggin, Australian Laureate Fellow in Economics, University of Queensland
  • Marion Terrill, Grattan Institute
  • Dr Tim Williams, CEO, Committee for Sydney
  • Professor Bert van Wee, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Professor Michiel Bliemer, Professor of Transport, Planning and Modelling, University of Sydney
  • Dr Elizabeth Taylor, VC Research Fellow, RMIT University
  • Ms Nicole Spencer, Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Dr Jennifer Kent, Research Fellow, University of Sydney
  • Alyssa Serafim, Principal Infrastructure Advisor, Infrastructure Victoria
  • Professor Graham Currie, Monash University
  • Dr Elliot Fishman, Institute for Sensible Transport

These seminars addressed key areas of concern for all three levels of government, such as:

  • How might a distance and time based price on car use influence transport choice?
  • Could a per km fee be calibrated to reduce rat running on local streets?
  • Should local governments receive a proportion of the revenue generated?
  • How should future revenue be invested? Back into roads, or better public transport and safer streets for walking and cycling?
  • Will a future of shared transport reduce local government car parking revenue, and what strategies can help mitigate this budget threat?
  • How might low income, outer suburban households deal with a road user price, and what mechanisms can be embedded to make it fair?
  • What is the political acceptability of road user pricing and how might it be enhanced?

Watch the Melbourne seminar presentations

The Institute for Sensible Transport would like to thank the City of Melbourne for their support in making the following video content possible. Enjoy!

The Hon John Brumby AO: Getting from here to there—how might road pricing reform come about?

Dr Elliot Fishman: Introduction on disruptive transport technology and future trends

Professor Bert van Wee: Current and best practice transport policy

Professor Michiel Bliemer: Transition towards a fair and acceptable user-pays system on Australian roads

Professor Bert van Wee: The future of road user pricing: Technological, social and political considerations for introducing a distance based road user charge

Panel discussion: With all speakers and Professor Ian Harper and Professor Graham Currie

Dr Elizabeth Taylor: Parking pricing and the ‘Arab Spring’: They may price our roads, but they’ll never price – our parking?

Marion Terrill: Congestion in major cities: how bad is it and are governments doing enough to manage it?

Roberto Evangelio: Victoria’s transport challenges and road user pricing’s potential contribution



Tuesday 8th August 2017
9:00am – 4:30pm

Customs House, Circular Quay


Thursday 10th August 2017
8:45am – 4:30pm

Melbourne Town Hall


Mechanisms for enhancing the productivity of our cities through transport innovation and policy reform

Disruptive transport technology, driverless cars and the implications for government

Local government’s role and the opportunity presented by disruptive transport technology and road user pricing

Congestion charging: practice and impacts

Electric vehicles: the consequences on fuel excise revenue

Road user pricing in the digital age: Using technology to provide the right pricing signals to manage road use

The human response: How road user pricing is likely to impact on transport behaviour

The politics of road user pricing

The impact of shared transport on local government car parking revenue and strategies to mitigate the
budgetary consequences

Emerging transport challenges in a growing Sydney and Melbourne