The Australian Transport Assessment and Planning (ATAP) Guidelines (the Guidelines) provide a comprehensive framework for planning, assessing and developing transport systems and related initiatives.
They are a key component of processes to ensure that proposals to improve transport systems in Australia achieve jurisdictional objectives, provide maximum net benefit to the community and represent value for money. Users of the Guidelines include government departments and agencies, private firms, individuals, industry bodies and consultants.
 The term ‘jurisdictions’ is used here to mean the collection of all governments in Australia: national, state, territory and local. Governments are the owners and primary users of the Guidelines. The set of users is broader, and these are discussed in the User Guide.