Safety Program

Planning, designing and managing ‘Towards Zero’

The annual economic cost of road crashes in Australia is estimated at $30 billion (more than 1,200 deaths and 30,000 serious injuries). Australia ranks 17 and New Zealand ranks 21 out of the 33 OECD countries for road safety performance.

Austroads Safety Program is undertaking leading research to help facilitate jurisdictions making step change improvements by:

  • mapping crash risks and facilitating engagement of authorities and industry
  • targeting research to mitigate emerging crash risks and gaps in knowledge
  • providing harmonised, concise, and simple guidance for jurisdictions and industry use.

The Safety Program also contributes to the national development of registration and licensing programs with a focus on policy and program convergence, customer service improvement and service delivery efficiencies, and is continuing to help manage the NEVDIS system.

The work of the Safety Program is informed by three task forces:

The Road Safety Task Force worked with the Commonwealth to oversee the development of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2020 in cooperation with road and transport agencies. The Plan supports the implementation of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020.

The Program also oversees the Austroads Road Safety Barrier System and Device Assessment Panel, the sole source of assessment for road safety barrier systems and devices in Australia.

Program Contacts

Safety Program Manager: David Bobbermen

Safety Program Coordinator: Leonie Pattinson