Public consultations–updates to the Australian Transport Assessment and Planning (ATAP) guidelines

Current draft updates for comment

The following draft ATAP guidance has been released for public comment:

  • O5 Economic Appraisal in the Setting of Standards—Released 19 February 2019 —Comments due 11 March 2019 PDF: 492 KB ReadSpeaker
  • O4 Flood Immunity Initiatives—Released 13 February 2019—Comments due 6 March 2019 PDF: 411 KB ReadSpeaker

Draft updates - comment period now closed.

The comment period on the following draft ATAP guidance has closed:

  • Worked Examples, W4—Active Travel, 4.2: Missing cycleway segment—released 4 January 2019 PDF: 1273 KB ReadSpeaker

Wider Economic Benefits (WEBs)

Following receipt of public submissions early in 2018 on the public consultation drafts of the KPMG report and draft T3 WEBs guidance the ATAP Steering Committee has been undertaking further development of the draft WEBs guidance.

Once this is completed, a second round of public consultations will be undertaken.

For further inquiries, please contact:

ATAP Steering Committee Secretariat
Australian Transport Assessment and Planning Guidelines
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
GPO Box 594, Canberra ACT 2601


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The Australian Transport Assessment and Planning (ATAP) Guidelines, provide a comprehensive framework for strategic-level transport planning and analytical approaches to transport assessment.

ATAP was first published in December 2004 under the name National Guidelines for Transport System Management in Australia (NGTSM) in Australia and endorsed by all Australian jurisdictions. Recent revisions have been introduced in a multi-stage update. Stage 1 delivered an initial Guidelines Refresh (Edition 3) in April 2015. Stage 2 was completed and endorsed by all Australian jurisdictions in August 2016 (Edition 4). The name change to the ATAP Guidelines occurred as part of the release of the 4th edition in August 2016.

The update has been funded by Australian transport agencies. The project work is being coordinated by a steering committee of expert representatives from each Australian jurisdiction using the Austroads project management system.

Release of ATAP Draft Content–for review

Further updates of the Guidelines will occur on an iterative basis, rather than in stages, as was the case for the National Guidelines for Transport System Management. To provide transparent and timely updates, the revised content will be released for public comment as it is completed by the Steering Committee. Stakeholders will be advised when draft content is released (see more below).

Interested parties will have 4 weeks to comment on each draft as it is released; comments are to be provided to the ATAP Secretariat, contact details: email or GPO Box 594, Canberra ACT 2601.

Transparent Public Comment Process

  1. Release of new Part for comment 4 week consultation period. Comments to
  2. Close of comments—review by Steering Committee Updated Part approved by Transport and Infrastructure Council
  3. New Part incorporated into Guidelines