Key projects undertaken by the Directorate, including both current and recent projects being investigated.

Our Approach

The Roads and Transport Directorate collaborates with various subject matter experts, committees and working groups, to investigate project topics of importance and relevance to member councils, in line with the purpose of supporting our member councils to deliver an improved local road and transport network.

Asset AI™

This project is based on the foundational work by the Directorate, Code for Australia, and City of Canterbury Bankstown (lead), Central Coast, Blayney and Georges River councils. The current phase of the project is the Discovery Phase.

In collaboration with Transport for NSW and Canterbury Bankstown Council, IPWEA NSW & ACT’s Roads and Traffic Directorate are proud to be a leader in The Asset AI®  Project.

Asset AI®  will deliver a digital platform to support the creation of intelligent places by utilising real-time data and artificial intelligence to assist local government in making better, evidence-based decisions about improving the productivity, liveability, and resilience of public road assets.

Utilising artificial intelligence provides an extensive view of asset condition in a time-efficient manner, capturing real-time data on the condition of the road network, rather than relying on annual or 3-yearly pavement condition surveys. A predictive analytics platform that adopts a customer-centric approach will be delivered, using data to decide which defects to prioritise for maintenance and repair. 

This data-driven approach promotes a fair and equitable method for maintenance, addressing road defects based on predicted impact on NSW residents above all else.

Currently finalising the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the procurement of a suitable vendor to deliver Phase 2 of the project.

After a pre-trial with Canterbury-Bankstown Council in 2021, Asset AI® is now being designed to cater for all councils across NSW.  The Asset AI® platform is expected to be made available to all Local Government areas in NSW from late 2023.  

Council-based Freight Transport Strategy

With the growing freight task in NSW, the management of freight movement remains a key challenge, especially due to its impact on local roads and last mile issues. Thus, in collaboration with local councils and various stakeholders including Transport for NSW and National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), this project was developed with the following objectives:

  1. To identify strategies that councils can use to manage and optimise freight on local roads

  2. To develop useful resources for councils to implement the identified strategies

We anticipate this project will be carried out within the first half of 2022. A Project Group has been formed with Nathan Skelly (Director Infrastructure and Environmental Services, Liverpool Plains Shire Council) the Chair of this project.

Opportunities for Sponge Cities in NSW

This project is being carried out in partnership with the University of Sydney’s Jacaranda Flame Consulting Program, which simulates a real-life engineering consultancy company for final year engineering students. The current project is investigating how local councils in NSW can effectively implement the design concept of ‘sponge cities’, as a means to efficiently capture and reuse stormwater.

Lessons learned from disaster recovery (Completed 2021)

The devastating impact of the unprecedented 2019-20 bushfire and flood season demonstrated the need for a renewed and pro-active approach to the prevention of, preparation for, response to and recovery from potential future disasters, which are predicted to be more frequent and severe.

Through a collaborative approach, practical lessons learned were identified and recommendations were discussed by the working group. This is useful input for when councils prepare emergency response plans and to strengthen the resilience of our local communities in the face of future disasters.

The outcome of this project was to document the experience from Councils affected by the disaster and develop recommendations for government to consider and act. View the Lessons Learned Report in the Resources page.

For more information on these projects and other exciting current projects, contact us at or on (02) 8267 3000

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