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Program Structure

Program Governance

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
  • Rebecca Michael: Head of Public Policy, 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 Maree Bridger: First Assistant Secretary, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
  • 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

Program Principles

The AAA Road Safety Research Program seeks to operate harmoniously within the broader national Safe System approach to improving road safety which involves a holistic view of the road transport system and the interactions among roads and roadsides, travel speeds, vehicles and road users.  The AAA Road Safety Research Program will seek to deliver its objectives and outcomes by adhering to the following principles:

  • Transparency – all selection processes and all decisions on funding road safety research will be transparently communicated to stakeholders.
  • Collaboration – the Program will foster collaboration across sectors and disciplines to identify and address road safety challenges.
  • Ethical and responsible research – the Program will encourage ethical and responsible research consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
  • Quality – the Program will call upon independent expertise to improve its processes and assess research proposals against its selection criteria.
  • Knowledge sharing – the Program will share research outputs with the road safety research community to improve collective knowledge.
  • Value for money – the Program will seek to deliver value for money from its investments in road safety research to help maximise the achievement of its desired outcome and avoid duplication of research.

How will research ideas be assessed?

Research ideas and proposals received as a part of the AAA Road Safety Research Program will be assessed by representatives of our mobility clubs and an independent Expert Advisory Panel. This assessment will be made having regard to the AAA Road Safety Research Program assessment criteria.

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

The AAA Road Safety Research Program will be looking for research proposals that:

  • have a real IMPACT in improving road safety outcomes and reducing our road toll
  • demonstrate QUALITY research methodologies and approaches
  • propose COLLABORATION between stakeholders across traditional sectors, and
  • represent VALUE FOR MONEY.

Scope and funding

The AAA Road Safety Research Program will award funding for priority road safety research projects that will contribute the Programs desired outcome of having safer roads and reducing the number of fatalities and injuries on Australian roads.  The successful research projects will also need to satisfy the Programs assessment criteria and will be underpinned by a competitive process with rigorous independent review.

The Program will be undertaken annually and involve a 15-18 month process of identifying high-priority road safety challenges and road safety research projects that will receive funding.  Each year, the AAA will identify an annual priority area for attention based on the feedback we are hearing from our stakeholders.

The AAA Road Safety Research Program will consider projects that:

  • propose innovative research into topics that will lead to improved road safety outcomes, or build our collective understanding of specific road safety challenges, or both
  • propose applied research activities that will solve specific road safety problems
  • apply or trial the results of existing research to produce practical solutions to known road safety problems

The AAA Board will be the ultimate decision makers on which projects will be funded in each research round.  The Board will decide how much funding to invest each year based on the quality and nature of research projects presented to them for consideration

Funding of up to $1 million per project will be available for high quality projects that help achieve the Program’s desired outcome. Multi-year project proposals will be considered up to a value of $1 million per annum.