The Key Centre
The two-node Centre is recognised by the Australian Federal Government as the Key Centre of Excellence of Teaching and Research in Transport Management. The Key Centre was established in July 1995 as a joint venture between the Institute of Transport Studies (established 1991) within the Graduate School of Business at the University of Sydney and the Monash Transport Group (established 1969) within the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University, Melbourne.
These two groups were leading Australian centres in transport and traffic management education and research in their own right prior to the establishment of the Key Centre. In January 1998, ITS Sydney relocated to the Faculty of Economics (now the University of Sydney Business School) and in January 2005 it was renamed as the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies to reflect its new focus. The Key Centre continues to have integrated nodes at the University of Sydney (ITLS-Sydney) and Monash University (ITS-Monash).
The Systemwide Director of the Key Centre and Director of ITLS-Sydney is Professor David Hensher who is regarded as one of Australia's most eminent transport academics and someone in high demand as an adviser to industry and government. The Director of ITS-Monash is Dr Majid Sarvi Senior Lecturer and Head of Transport Group.