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History of the ATRF
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Credit: Queensland State Library, Brendan O'Keefe
The Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) was originally established in 1975 as the Australian Transport Research Forum. ln 1988 the Forum was expanded to include New Zealand and the South Pacific and rebadged accordingly. The ATRF was incorporated as a registered association in June 2O17.
Hosting arrangements of the ATRF have historically been shared by transport-related government agencies and transport-focussed academic departments, on broadly rotating geographic basis.
The table below lists all previous conference locations, host organisations and prize winners. The conference was not held in 1981, 1995, 2000, 2014 and 2020.
YearNo.PlaceHost OrganisationJohn H Taplin Prize (from 1991)David Willis Memorial Prize (from 1998)David A Hensher Prize (from 2021)
19751stSydneyBureau of Transport Economics   
19762ndAdelaideSA Department of Transport   
19773rdMelbourneVic Ministry of Transport   
19784thPerthWA Office of the Director-General of Transport   
19795thSydneyNSW Ministry of Transport   
19806thBrisbaneMetropolitan Transit Authority, Brisbane   
19827thHobartTransport Tasmania   
19838thCanberraBureau of Transport Economics   
19849thAdelaideSA Department of Transport   
198510thMelbourneAustralian Road Research Board   
198611thDarwinNT Department of Transport and Works   
198712thBrisbaneQld Transport Department   
1988*13thChristchurchNZ Ministry of Transport   
198914thPerthWA Department of Transport   
199015thSydneyNSW Department of Transport   
199116thHobartTas Department of Roads and TransportIan Ker, Lance Chambers  
199217thCanberraBureau of Transport and Communications EconomicsPeter Forsyth  
199318thGold CoastUniversity of QueenslandNeil Gentle, Stephen Wheatstone  
199419thLorne (TAS)Transport Research CentreIan Radbone  
199620thAucklandNZ  Ministry of TransportDamien Yeo  
199721stAdelaideTransport Systems Centre, University of SADavid Bray, Peter Tisato  
199822ndSydneyNSW Department of Transport; Institute of Transport Studies, University of SydneyVivian SalimStuart Clement 
199923rdPerthWA Department of TransportUpali VandebonaCraig McPherson 
200124thHobartTas Department of Infrastructure, Energy and ResourcesMichael YeatesRochelle Bowler, Michelle McCormick 
200225thCanberraBureau of Transport and Regional EconomicsMark HarveyMin Xu 
200326thWellingtonGreater Wellington Regional Council; Transit NZ; Transfund NZ; NZ Ministry of TransportCharles Sullivan, Carolyn OFallonNathan Harper 
200427thAdelaideSA Department of Transport & Urban Planning; Transport Systems Centre, University of SAClare Rees, Anna LythNikolaos Vogiatzis 
200528thSydneyTransport and Population Data Centre; NSW Department of PlanningNeil Douglas, George KarpouzisRita Seethaler 
200629thGold CoastQueensland TransportJago Dodson, Neil Sipe Andrew Collins 
200730thMelbourneDepartment of Infrastructure (Victoria), Institute of Transport Studies (Monash University)Lloyd DavisSumeet Jaiswal 
200831stGold CoastDepartment of Transport (Victoria), Institute of Transport Studies (Monash University)Gavin Alford, Jeremy Whiteman Demi Chung 
200932ndAucklandNZ Ministry of TransportPeter Jones, Natalya BoujenkoSara Moridpour  
201033rdCanberraBureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional EconomicsDavid MitchellDaniel Veryard 
201134thAdelaideSouth Australian Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure; University of South AustraliaMarkus Botte and Doina OlaruAhmad Tavassoli Hojati 
201235thPerthWA Department of TransportChinh Ho and Corinne MulleyChi-Hong Tsai, Corinne Mulley & Geoffrey Clifton 
201336thBrisbaneThe University of Queensland; Queensland University of Technology; Griffith University 
201537thSydneyBureau of Statistics and Analytics, Transport for NSW; rCITI, University of NSWChris Loader, Naomi Langdon, Effie RobotisEdward Robson 
201638thMelbourneMonash University/Victorian Government through (DEDJTR & VicRoads) in cooperation with ARRBMarion Terrill, Brendan Coates and Lucille DanksMohadeseh Rahbar, Mahmoud Mesbah, Mark Hickman and Ahmad Tavassoli 
201739thAucklandUniversity of Auckland, Auckland Forecasting Centre, NZ Ministry of Transport & NZ Transport AgencyGraham Currie and Chris De GruyterAlexa Delbosc, Rahman Shafi, Dinith Wanninayake and Joseph Mascaro 
201840thDarwinNT Department of Infrastructure, Planning & LogisticsAkshay Vij, Stacey Ryan, Spring Sampson and Susan HarrisYale Wong, David Hensher & Corinne Mulley 
201941stCanberraBureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, ACT Government and University of Canberra and Australian National UniversityMark HarveyMatthew Richards and Jan Zill 
202142ndBrisbaneQueensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, and Griffith UniversityJames Reynolds, David Pham and Graham CurrieShah Kalid KhanThomas Hancock, Stephane Hess, Charisma Choudhury and Panagiotis Tsoleridis
YearNo.PlaceHost OrganisationJohn H Taplin Prize
(from 1991)
David Willis Memorial Prize (from 1998)David A Hensher Prize
(from 2021)
202142ndBrisbaneQueensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, and Griffith UniversityJames Reynolds, David Pham and Graham CurrieShah Kalid KhanThomas Hancock, Stephane Hess, Charisma Choudhury and Panagiotis Tsoleridis
201941stCanberraBureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, ACT Government and University of Canberra and Australian National UniversityMark HarveyMatthew Richards and Jan Zill 
201840thDarwinNT Department of Infrastructure, Planning & LogisticsAkshay Vij, Stacey Ryan, Spring Sampson and Susan HarrisYale Wong, David Hensher & Corinne Mulley 
201739thAucklandUniversity of Auckland, Auckland Forecasting Centre, NZ Ministry of Transport & NZ Transport AgencyGraham Currie and Chris De GruyterAlexa Delbosc, Rahman Shafi, Dinith Wanninayake and Joseph Mascaro 
201638thMelbourneMonash University/Victorian Government through (DEDJTR & VicRoads) in cooperation with ARRBMarion Terrill, Brendan Coates and Lucille DanksMohadeseh Rahbar, Mahmoud Mesbah, Mark Hickman and Ahmad Tavassoli 
201537thSydneyBureau of Statistics and Analytics, Transport for NSW; rCITI, University of NSWChris Loader, Naomi Langdon, Effie RobotisEdward Robson 
201336thBrisbaneThe University of Queensland; Queensland University of Technology; Griffith UniversityChi-Hong Tsai, Corrine Mulley and Geoffrey CliftonElliot Fishman, Simon Washington, Narelle Haworth and Angela Watson 
201235thPerthWA Department of TransportChinh Ho and Corinne MulleyChi-Hong Tsai, Corinne Mulley & Geoffrey Clifton 
201134thAdelaideSouth Australian Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure; University of South AustraliaMarkus Botte and Doina OlaruAhmad Tavassoli Hojati 
201033rdCanberraBureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional EconomicsDavid MitchellDaniel Veryard 
200932ndAucklandNZ Ministry of TransportPeter Jones, Natalya BoujenkoSara Moridpour  
200831stGold CoastDepartment of Transport (Victoria), Institute of Transport Studies (Monash University)Gavin Alford, Jeremy Whiteman Demi Chung 
200730thMelbourneDepartment of Infrastructure (Victoria), Institute of Transport Studies (Monash University)Lloyd DavisSumeet Jaiswal 
200629thGold CoastQueensland TransportJago Dodson, Neil Sipe Andrew Collins 
200528thSydneyTransport and Population Data Centre; NSW Department of PlanningNeil Douglas, George KarpouzisRita Seethaler 
200427thAdelaideSA Department of Transport & Urban Planning; Transport Systems Centre, University of SAClare Rees, Anna LythNikolaos Vogiatzis 
200326thWellingtonGreater Wellington Regional Council; Transit NZ; Transfund NZ; NZ Ministry of TransportCharles Sullivan, Carolyn OFallonNathan Harper 
200225thCanberraBureau of Transport and Regional EconomicsMark HarveyMin Xu 
200124thHobartTas Department of Infrastructure, Energy and ResourcesMichael YeatesRochelle Bowler, Michelle McCormick 
199923rdPerthWA Department of TransportUpali VandebonaCraig McPherson 
199822ndSydneyNSW Department of Transport; Institute of Transport Studies, University of SydneyVivian SalimStuart Clement 
199721stAdelaideTransport Systems Centre, University of SADavid Bray, Peter Tisato  
199620thAucklandNZ  Ministry of TransportDamien Yeo  
199419thLorne (TAS)Transport Research CentreIan Radbone  
199318thGold CoastUniversity of QueenslandNeil Gentle, Stephen Wheatstone  
199217thCanberraBureau of Transport and Communications EconomicsPeter Forsyth  
199116thHobartTas Department of Roads and TransportIan Ker, Lance Chambers  
199015thSydneyNSW Department of Transport   
198914thPerthWA Department of Transport   
1988*13thChristchurchNZ Ministry of Transport   
198712thBrisbaneQld Transport Department   
198611thDarwinNT Department of Transport and Works   
198510thMelbourneAustralian Road Research Board   
19849thAdelaideSA Department of Transport   
19838thCanberraBureau of Transport Economics   
19827thHobartTransport Tasmania   
19806thBrisbaneMetropolitan Transit Authority, Brisbane   
19795thSydneyNSW Ministry of Transport   
19784thPerthWA Office of the Director-General of Transport   
19773rdMelbourneVic Ministry of Transport   
19762ndAdelaideSA Department of Transport   
19751stSydneyBureau of Transport Economics   
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