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Austroads Road Safety Program & Projects

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:

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 
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