Geoff Shanks has worked as a sector expert consultant with Fivenines Consulting since 2010. He has now stepped back from directly consulting, but is still available to support our complex, roads authority related projects.
His signature work with Fivenines has included leading two substantial Austroads projects looking at the licensing of indigenous drivers in remote communities, overcoming social disadvantage, and a major review of registration and licensing harmonisation. He was a significant contributor to the Smart Transport for Australia report, published by ITS Australia
following the 2016 World Congress and made a critical contribution to the Austroads review of the impact of autonomous vehicles on driver licensing and vehicle registration.
Geoff has a very strong background as an experienced road safety professional. For over twenty years he was a senior executive within VicRoads, the Victorian vehicle registration and driver licensing authority culminating in the position of General Manager of Registration and Licensing, a position he held for seven years.
Throughout the 1990s Geoff was involved with both operational and policy aspects of vehicle registration and driver licensing in VicRoads including management of a network of customer service offices throughout Victoria. As General Manager Registration and Licensing between 2000 and 2007 he had prime responsibility for the delivery of vehicle registration and driver licensing services for the State of Victoria.
Geoff has been an active contributor to national registration and licensing activities throughout this time and in 2007 was presented with an Outstanding Service award by Austroads, the Association of Australasian road authorities for his service over an extended period.
Internationally, Geoff has undertaken a number of significant project assignments. They include the implementation of computerised registration and licensing systems in Bangladesh and Fiji, providing professional advice in the establishment of a Road Safety and Transport Authorities in Bhutan and Fiji, managing the review of driver licensing, training and testing systems in the State of Kerala in India and leading a comprehensive project in Dubai aimed at transforming the driver training and licensing system in that country.
Geoff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Studies from Monash University and is a member of the Australasian College of Road Safety.