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Safer Transport

Ensuring Australians have access to safe transport systems is central to the work of the AAA and our member clubs.

Currently around 1,200 Australians are killed each year on our roads and around 30,000 seriously injured. The economic cost is around $34 billion per year and the social and emotional costs are immeasurable.

Australia’s National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 – to which all Australian Governments are signatories - aims to reduce the annual numbers of both deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads by at least 30 per cent.

But AAA analysis shows that this target is in danger of not being achieved.

The AAA undertakes analysis, policy development and provides advice to the Australian Government to ensure all Australians can access safer transport systems.

The AAA advocates for:

  • Safer transport options - increased and sustained investment in all forms of land transport, including public transport, to reduce the load on our roads and help make them safer.
  • Safer vehicles - Ongoing Government funding for the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) which conducts independent crash tests and vehicle safety assessments and publishes results as Safety Star Ratings to guide consumers in the selection of safer vehicles. Safer vehicles can reduce the likelihood of a crash through collision avoidance technology, as well as reducing the likelihood of injury in the event of a crash.
  • Safer drivers – ongoing Australian Government funding for the keys2drive program which not only teaches young drivers good habits, but also helps to make their mum or dad, or whoever their supervisor is, a better driving teacher.
  • Better use of information – collecting more accurate data on the incidence of road trauma and using this and other data on risk assessment to underpin infrastructure project selection based on road safety considerations.

AusRAP - Risk Mapping

The Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) is an analysis of the major highways and motorways in Australia, as defined in the National Land Transport Network Determination 2014. AusRAP is a program run by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) and the state and territory motoring clubs. 

The objectives of the Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) are to:

  • reduce deaths and injuries on Australia’s roads by systematically assessing risk and identifying safety shortcomings that can be addressed with practical measures; and
  • put risk assessment at the heart of strategic decisions on road improvements, crash protection and standards of road management.

Explore AusRAP interactive