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Road Safety Research Program

About the program

Road Safety is a national crisis.

Every month, about 100 Australians die on our roads. Every day, about 100 people are hospitalised for road crash related injuries.

The Australian Automobile Association, representing Australia’s motoring clubs, has established the AAA Road Safety Research Program to help make our roads safer and reduce fatalities and injuries.

The new program will collaboratively engage with a wide range of stakeholders who are interested in improving road safety and are working to address some of Australia’s most critical road safety issues.

The AAA Road Safety Research Program will support research and translation activities that deliver practical benefits for road users and the community. The Program will fund road safety projects in identified priority research areas that have a strong potential to prevent road fatalities and injuries on Australian roads.

To register your interest in the Program or share a potential idea for research, use the form below.

Currently, there is an AAA RSRP EOI – Fatigued Driving Literature Review of fatigued driving research and assessment of the policy landscape. This EOI closes at 9am (AEDT) 6th of April 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the level of funding available to undertake this piece of work?
The group was advised that while the AAA does have an indicative funding level in mind for this piece of work, it appreciates that the breadth and scope of this review may make this is a large project. 

With that in mind, the AAA will take guidance from those submitting EOIs as to the funding required to properly undertake this review, noting that the report’s submission date in September is not negotiable.  This is because the report is ainput for the Road Safety Research Program. 

The group was advised that the successful party will not necessarily be the one with the least expensive quote.  The AAA will also be looking for a team that can provide high quality outcomes within the specified timeframe. 

The AAA also advised that should the quote of one or more preferred suppliers come in above the indicative funding level, there may be negotiation with them to narrow the scope of the project, and/or the AAA may seek to increase the funding available for the project. 

Should grey literature be included in the review and is there a definition for the environmental scan?
The AAA advised the group that high-quality grey literature is in scope and that the environmental scan would be expected to include a review of the policy landscape in the fatigued driving space – it is expected that the final reports / outputs will have a balance of both elements included.

To what extent should consultation be a part of the process for the literature review?
The AAA advised the group that stakeholder consultation is in scope for this piece of work and would welcome its inclusion as a part of the submissions. 

Will the final report be released publicly (in the format it was provided as a deliverable of the project)?
The AAA advised the group the literature review is a foundational piece of work for the AAA Road Safety Research Program and the report will primarily be used to enable AAA staff to be across key fatigued driving research and literature.  It will also be used to support the research projects that will be funded under the inaugural research round. 

The AAA will look to release the report if it is suitable and in a form that is useful to other parties.  The AAA may require a “plainEnglish version” or a summary of the report as part of the project deliverables. This is because the target audience is the AAA and its member clubs. 

The AAA also reiterated that it will strongly encourage the preferred supplier to publish material from this review in academic journals or similar (in collaboration with the AAA).

With regards to “comparable markets”, does the AAA have specific ones in mind or criteria to determine if a market is comparable?
The AAA advised that it holds no fixed view on what the comparable markets are as this will depend on what the literature uncovers as a part of the review. 

That said, the AAA did note it would be likely to see markets such as the UK, Canada and NZ feature as a part of the review. 

The AAA also noted it would be up to the preferred supplier to include various comparable markets with an explanation as to why this was considered comparable in relation to policy and legislative frameworks. 

With regards to the findings and final reports – would the AAA be open to dissemination of the information through a variety of methods (for example a webinar)?
Noting the response to Question 4, the AAA advised it would be open to other methods for distribution of the material developed as a part of the fatigued driving literature review.  These could be discussed with the preferred supplier as a part of the project or with other interested parties once the final report had been accepted.

How important is collaboration between groups and organisations for this project?
The AAA advised that collaboration through various organisations would be welcome but noted what is most important is to have confidence that the successful parties have assembled the right team to cover the breadth and depth of the project brief.  The AAA also acknowledged this could be achieved within a work group or organisation or it might involve several work groups or organisations working together. 

Program Structure

The program is supported by two committees:  The Club Advisory Group and the Expert Advisory Panel.  These committees provide guidance and support as to the strategic direction of the research to be undertaken as a part of the program.  They will be involved in the assessment and recommendation of projects to the AAA Board. Both committees have the same independent chair, Mr Terry Agnew, the former RAC Group CEO.  The AAA Board is responsible for final decision on research project funding.


Club Advisory Group (CAG)

Sarah Ashton: General Manager Safety, Operational Risk and Quality, NRMA

Allan Joseland: General Manager – Safety, Property & Capital Works, RACV

Paul Turner: Chief Communications Officer, RACQ

Anne Still: General Manager Public Policy, RAC

Peter Bray: Senior Manager Road Service, RAA

Stacey Pennicott: Executive General Manager, Membership & Community, RACT

Anthony Hill: Chief Executive, AANT

Craig Newland: Director – Policy & Research, AAA


Expert Advisory Panel (EAP)

Dr John Crozier:  Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Trauma Committee

Mr Iain Cameron:  Managing Director, WA Department of Transport, and Chairman of the Road Safety Council

Ms Jessica Hall: Executive Director, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Professor Simon Bronitt:  Dean, The University of Sydney Law School

Professor Gabriele Bammer:  National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health- Australian National University College of Health and Medicine

Professor Ross Homel AO:  Griffith University

Research Cycles

Each research cycle of the AAA Road Safety Research Program will run over a 15-18 month period.

The first cycle will focus on the theme of fatigued driving.

Each cycle will begin with a process to identify a specific road safety challenge.

This process will be undertaken by:

  • requesting interested stakeholders to identify key road safety challenges that should be a priority and research concepts that will help tackle these challenges
  • hosting an annual forum involving road safety stakeholders, as well as experts and groups with an interest in the Program’s research cycle theme, to further develop research concepts
  • selecting a short list of research priorities by the AAA Board that will proceed to second stage, which will involve scoping and costing project/s that will deliver on agreed priorities

For more details, see the Assessment Framework and General Terms & Conditions below.

Stakeholder Forum

Each year the AAA will convene a face-to-face stakeholder forum. These forums will be invitation-only and bring together key stakeholders and experts in the identified annual priority road safety research area. The goal is to identify the most appropriate road safety research topics and provide experts with an avenue to discuss potential ideas (including any potential limitations).

How you can get involved

Through the AAA Road Safety Research Program, the AAA and Australia’s motoring clubs are interested in hearing people’s views on the most pressing road safety challenges and potential ideas for research (research concepts) that can help solve these challenges and make significant improvements in our nation’s road safety.

We encourage individuals and organisations with an interest in improving road safety to have their say and participate in the AAA Road Safety Research Program. If you have a particular road safety challenge you are passionate about solving through innovative or applied research, we want to hear from you, regardless of your area of expertise, or the sector you work in.