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Road Safety Research 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 program will support research and practical activities that deliver real 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.

Research Cycles

The AAA Road Safety Research Program will run in cycles, with the first cycle focusing on the theme of fatigued driving.

Each cycle begins with a process to identify a specific road safety theme 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 a face-to-face forum involving road safety stakeholders, as well as experts and groups with an interest in the program’s identified research cycle theme, to further develop research concepts
  • the AAA Board selecting a short list of research priorities 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.

How you can get involved

As part of the AAA Road Safety Research Program, the AAA and Australia’s motoring clubs are interested in hearing the views of individuals and organisations on the most pressing road safety challenges of our time. If you have ideas about innovative or applied research that could help solve these challenges and make significant improvements in our nation’s road safety, we want to hear from you. To begin, press the Start button below.

Program Structure

The program is supported by two committees: a Club Advisory Group and an Expert Advisory Panel. These committees provide guidance and support on the strategic direction of the research to be undertaken, as well as the assessment and recommendation of projects. Both committees have the same independent chair, Mr Terry Agnew, former CEO of RAC Group (WA). 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 WA Road Safety Council

Ms Jessica Hall: Executive Director, Australian Government 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, Australian National University College of Health and Medicine

Professor Ross Homel AO: Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University