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National Road Safety Strategy

IMPLEMENTATION FAILURE

Australia is failing to meet the road trauma reduction targets set by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments as a part of the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS).

Latest data shows there has been little improvement since the Strategy began. Australians are still being killed or seriously injured on our roads at an alarming rate, and many road safety measures are worse today than they were when the NRSS was established nearly a decade ago.

The most recent report tracking the Australian Government’s implementation of the NRSS – current to the end of 2017 only – confirms that most of the Strategy’s safety performance targets will not be met. Even worse, many still cannot be measured.

Key targets not being met

REDUCE FATALITIES BY 30%

Progress towards this target is poor. 635 people died on Australian roads in the first six months of 2019 – this is a 14% increase on the same period last year.

STATUS: NOT ON TARGET

REDUCE SERIOUS INJURIES BY 30%

There is still no national measurement of serious injury from road crashes, meaning this target cannot be evaluated. This same problem exists for several other targets.

STATUS: STILL NOT MEASURED

IMPROVE VEHICLE SAFETY

The strategy includes some safety performance indicators, such as the average age of the vehicle fleet, for which no target is yet specified. Without a target it is impossible to evaluate progress, even where data is available.

STATUS: NO TARGET SET

Safety performance indicators

High level outcomes

Safe roads

Safe speeds

Safe vehicles

Safe people

Responsible road use

Irresponsible road use

Irresponsible substance use

The way forward

WE NEED A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE

Almost one year has passed since the Australian Government received a report of the Inquiry into the NRSS – an Inquiry commissioned by the Government to review the effectiveness of the NRSS and identify priorities for improvement. The Government is yet to provide a meaningful response and the AAA implores the Government to fulfil its commitment to provide a comprehensive implementation plan for the Inquiry’s 12 recommendations.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING

635 people were killed on Australian roads in the first six months of 2019 – this is a 14% increase on the same period last year. Every month we delay in accelerating an appropriate response must be recognised as contributing to preventable deaths and injuries.

The Australian Government must respond with urgency and on a scale that reflects the true measure of the problem.

FIND OUT MORE

Download the 2019 NRSS Progress Report or visit our Knowledge Centre.