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National Road Safety Strategy

IMPLEMENTATION FAILURE

The ACT is the only jurisdiction on track to meet safety goals agreed by all Australian governments in 2011, with almost half of the decade’s 33 targets not on track to be met. This NRSS Progress Report (September 2020) also confirms many agreed targets still cannot be measured, while for several safety indicators, targets are yet to be set.

Key targets not being met

REDUCE FATALITIES BY 30%

This target is not on track to be met. In the 12 months to June 2020, 1105 people died on Australian roads – far more than the agreed target.

STATUS: NOT ON TARGET

REDUCE SERIOUS INJURIES BY 30%

There is still no national measurement of serious injury from road crashes, meaning the target cannot be evaluated. This lack of nationally consistent reporting exists for many targets.

STATUS: STILL NOT MEASURED

IMPROVE VEHICLE SAFETY

For many of the Strategy’s agreed safety performance indicators (such as the average age of vehicle fleet) no target is yet specified.

STATUS: NO TARGET SET

Safety performance indicators

High level outcomes

Safe roads

Safe speeds

Safe vehicles

Safe people - responsible road use

Safe people - irresponsible road use

Safe people - irresponsible substance use

 

The way forward

1. A clear role for the Commonwealth Government

“The Australian Government has not provided sufficiently strong leadership, coordination or advocacy on road safety to drive national trauma reductions.
The Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) has not been used to enable cross-jurisdiction decision-making to drive the national harm elimination agenda.”

– The Commonwealth’s 2019 Review of Road Safety Governance Arrangements

2. Leverage Commonwealth Government infrastructure funding to improve transparency and accountability.
“The Commonwealth is a significant funder of infrastructure that is built, owned and operated by state, territory and local governments. The AAA’s Incentivising Safety policy proposes a $400 million annual Regional Road Incentive Fund be made available to state and territory governments that appropriately report on National Road Safety Strategy commitments.”

– AAA 2020 Budget Submission

3. Commonwealth Government forecasts show this problem is set to worsen significantly

Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), September 2019

 

 

 

FIND OUT MORE

Download the latest NRSS Progress Report or visit our Knowledge Centre.