3. Getting an overview of the ATAP


Table 1 outlines the structure of the ATAP Guidelines. This structure reflects the structure of the website. Bold section titles are main menu items. Sub-sections can be accessed from drop down menus off the main menu items.

The About section provides the context and background of the development of the ATAP Guidelines and provides:

  • A high level overview of the purpose, guiding principles and Framework of the ATAP Guidelines
  • An overview of the ATAP Guidelines Revision Project (Box 1)
  • An overview of the ATAP Framework
  • A Glossary of Terms featured in the ATAP Guidelines.
Table 1: ATAP content structure
Section Primary purpose

A – About

A1 – ATAP Overview


Context & background



Framework overview

Framework features

Maintaining & updating

A2 - Glossary

News and events

Site map


Subscribe to email updates

Explains why the ATAP Guidelines exist and their key features

Provides mechanisms to keep users of the ATAP Guidelines informed about relevant news and issues

U – User guide

Presents a roadmap for working with the ATAP Guidelines for different users

F – Framework

F0.1 – Policy choices and system planning

F0.2 – Integrated transport & land use planning

F1 – Goals, objectives, targets

F2 – Problems identification and assessment

F3 – Options generation & assessment

F4 – Business cases

F5 – Prioritisation and program development

F6 – Delivery

F7 – Post completion review

Describes and presents guidance on each step of the ATAP Framework

T – Tools and techniques

T1 – Travel demand modelling

T2 – Cost benefit analysis

T3 – Wider economic benefits

T4 – Productivity metrics

T5 – Distributional (equity) effects

T6 – Benefits management

T7 – Risk and uncertainty assessment

T8 – Real options assessment

Describes and presents guidance on the various tools and techniques presented in the ATAP Guidelines

PV – Parameter values

PV1 – Public transport

PV2 – Road transport

PV3 – Rail transport

PV4 – Active travel

PV5 – Environment

Provides parameter values for use in the ATAP Framework, tools and applications

M – Mode-specific

M1 – Public transport

M2 – Road transport

M3 – Rail transport

M4 – Active travel

M5 – Travel behaviour change

M6 – Air and sea transport

Provides guidance for applying the ATAP Guidelines to specific transport modes

L – Technical support Library

NGTSM 2006

Former related Austroads Guides

Other ATAP Technical Reports

Documents providing further support to the ATAP Guidelines

O – Other guidance

O1 – Cost estimation

O2 – Optimism bias

O3 – Urban amenity and liveability

O4 – Flood resilience initiatives

O5 – Economic appraisal in the setting of standards

O6 – Alternative options to large capital investments

O7 – Cost-benefit analysis of transport regulatory initiatives

Describes and presents guidance on various other topics in support of the above