Austroads’ Road Safety Program’s objective is to prevent death and serious injuries using a safe system approach.
The total cost of road crashes in 2011 is estimated at AUD$20.64 billion in Australia and NZD$3.54 billion in New Zealand.
On average, four people are killed and 90 are seriously injured every day on Australia's roads.
Almost everyone has, at some stage, been affected by a road crash.
The Program's work program is determined by the Safety Task Force, which has representatives from state and territory road agencies, the National Transport Commission, the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and the Australian Local Government Association. The comprehensive research program relates to each of the four cornerstones of the safe system: safe roads and roadsides, safe vehicles, safe speeds and safe road users.
The program has been designed to support delivery of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020, released in 2011. The Strategy sets a target of reducing the annual number of deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads by at least 30%. It outlines ‘first steps’ actions to be undertaken in the first three years of the strategy and ‘future steps’ actions which will be undertaken after the first review of the Strategy.
The Austroads research program runs from 2012-16, in line with the Strategic Plan and Operational Plan.
The Road Safety Program coordinates research that is working towards:
- incorporating safe system principles and practices into Austroads Guides and other documents
- delivering National Road Safety Strategy and NZ’s ‘Safer Journeys’ initiatives including:
- guidelines for graduated licensing
- risk-based speed limit setting methodology
- initiatives to support the Global Decade of Action for Road Safety
- investigating emerging road safety issues
- investigating potential applications of cooperative ITS to produce improved safety outcomes
- ensuring the Guide to Road Safety is up-to-date.
2015-16 continuing multi-year projects
|SS1494||Road Crash Injuries - Cost and Prevention|
||Motorcycle In-depth Crash Study|
||Options to Extend Coverage of Alcohol Interlock Programs|
||Development of a Model Safety Management System|
|SS1761||Improving Safety for Disadvantaged Groups|
|ST1763||Crash Analysis – Australian and New Zealand Data|
|SS1957||Pedestrian Behaviour - Distraction and Attitudes towards Safe Pedestrian Behaviour|
||Development of a Detection and Advanced Warning System for At-risk Heavy Commercial Vehicles on Steep Descents|
|ST1767||Improving the Performance of Safe System Infrastructure|
|ST1768||Achieving Safe System Speeds on Urban Arterial Roads|
||Safe System Roads for Local Government|
|SS1955||Older Road User Crash Trends|
||Development of a Safe System Assessment Framework for Infrastructure Projects|
||Guidance on Median and Centreline Treatments to Reduce Head On Casualties|
|SS1960||Understanding and Improving Safe System Intersection Performance|
|SS1962||Public Demand for Safer Speeds - Identification of Interventions for Trial|
|ST1870||Infrastructure Improvements to Reduce Motorcycle Casualties|
|ST1869||Implementation of the Austroads National Risk Assessment Model|
|ST1770||Investigation of Treated Black Spots that did not Achieve Expected Safety Benefits|
|ST1771||Road Safety Audit and Road Safety Engineering Toolkit – Further Development and Website Maintenance|
|SS2016||Translating Safe System Infrastructure Research and Knowledge into Practice|
|ST1774||Revision of Austroads Guide to Road Safety Part 6: Road Safety Audit|
|ST1776||Revision of Austroads Guide to Road Safety Part 8: Treatment of Crash Locations|
|ST1773||Revision of Austroads Guide to Road Safety Part 9: Roadside Hazard Management|
|ST1888||Strategic Review of the Austroads Guide to Road Safety|
|SS1937||Review of the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS)|
Projects started 2015-16
|SS1867||Safety Benefits of Cooperative ITS and Automated Vehicles|
|SS2034||A National Approach to Measuring Non-Fatal Crash Outcomes|
|SS2035||Safe System Infrastructure on Mixed Use Arterials|
Details of all Austroads projects are available on the project database.
Program Manager: Iain Cameron
Acting General Manager, On Demand Transport
Department of Transport Western Australia
Program Support: Natalie Lockwood
Austroads Safety Program Coordinator
Civil Engineer - Office of Road Safety
Main Roads Western Australia
PO Box 6202 East Perth WA 6892 Australia
P: +61 8 9323 4485