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The Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is pleased to announce it will be hosting the 40th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) to be held in Darwin from 30 October to 1 November 2018.

The ATRF conference is an opportunity to showcase contemporary transport technology, innovation, industry projects, researchers, policymakers, advisors and practitioners in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia from a range of disciplines, to share and build upon the latest research and thinking in the transport sector.

The three day event will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre within the magnificent Darwin Waterfront surrounds, and will provide an opportunity for government agencies, industry, academic and research institutions to participate in discussion of current and emerging transport issues.

Darwin’s beautiful tropical lifestyle is a melting pot of cultural diversity and experiences just waiting to be discovered. Evolving from its days as a laid back frontier town, Darwin has become a vibrant, modern cosmopolitan city and strategic business hub, while still retaining its casual lifestyle.

Situated on the edge of the Timor Sea and overlooking the picturesque harbour, the greater Darwin area is the ancestral home of the Larrakia (Saltwater) people who are the traditional owners/custodians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contribute to nearly a third of the Territory’s population and more than 100 Aboriginal languages and dialects are spoken throughout Northern Territory.

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and tradition of Aboriginal art, from dot paintings depicting the Dreamtime to bold modern styles showcasing a mix of western and indigenous traditions. Strong Asian and Greek influences can also be observed throughout the city, especially in the fine dining and casual food scenes and markets.

The Northern Territory’s compelling history, pioneering spirit and tales of survival from World War II and Cyclone Tracy are evident throughout the City, so allow yourself enough time to visit the many places of historical and cultural interest and significance. Our unique outdoor lifestyle allows you to experience all that Darwin has to offer.


The ATRF conference will cover a wide range of topics, including:


Freight & logistics

Traffic modelling, forecasting & simulation

Transport analysis & big data

Active transport (cycling, walking, etc.)

Public transport

Transport & land use / urban design

Planning and policy

Transport economics, impacts and environment

Aviation / maritime

ITS connected and autonomous vehicles


Transport funding and pricing

Travel behaviour & demand management

Traffic engineering & management.


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We look forward to seeing you in Darwin in October!

For more information please contact the event organiser using the information provided here.