Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics
The Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE) provides economic analysis, research and statistics on infrastructure, transport and cities issues to inform both Australian Government policy development and wider community understanding.
BITRE celebrating 50 years
It has been 50 years since the first staff started work at what was then the Bureau of Transport Economics (BTE)—today, the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE).
The Bureau was established by Cabinet in 1970 to “analyse the economics of transport in Australia” with a focus on transport costs and supporting a “reliable, safe and fast national transport system”.
Since then its work has broadened to include infrastructure and cities and, formerly, communications and regional communities (now the responsibility of the portfolio's Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research).
Over the 50 years since it was established, the Bureau has delivered excellent applied research and collated national statistics that have informed decisions by governments and industry—decisions that have improved services to Australians living in both cities and regional communities.