Summary of Actions

Prioritising our investments in infrastructure

  1. Prioritise and treat high-risk rural and urban roads, focusing on the main crash types and vulnerable road users.
  2. Assess road safety risk on state and territory controlled roads carrying the highest traffic volumes.
  3. Review road infrastructure safety programmes to establish best practice processes for identifying, prioritising and developing projects based on fatal and serious casualty reduction criteria.
  4. Establish an assessment framework and training package to help translate current Safe System infrastructure knowledge and research into practice.
  5. Apply national willingness-to-pay values for infrastructure investment and other road safety project appraisals.

Improving the safety of our vehicle fleet

  1. Mandate pole side impact occupant protection standards for new vehicles.
  2. Mandate anti-lock brake systems for new motorcycles.
  3. Mandate electronic stability control (ESC) for new heavy vehicles.
  4. Promote the market uptake of new vehicle technologies with high safety potential.

Encouraging safer road use

  1. Strengthen speed compliance provisions in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
  2. Implement measures to improve heavy vehicle roadworthiness.
  3. Implement programmes to build community understanding and support for effective speed management measures.
  4. Expand the application of lower speed limits in areas with high pedestrian and cyclist usage.
  5. Continue to review and adjust alcohol interlock programmes to improve their effectiveness in addressing convicted drink driving offenders.
  6. Strengthen national police enforcement operations to improve road safety compliance.

Advancing the Safe System

  1. Establish an operational framework to enable the introduction and operation of Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) safety applications in Australia.
  2. Implement and promote a range of Safe System demonstration projects in urban settings, with a focus on the safety of vulnerable road users.
  3. Encourage private sector organisations to implement best practice fleet and workplace safety policies.
  4. Examine and progress options to improve measurement and reporting of non-fatal and disabling injury crashes, particularly through the development of matched crash and hospital database systems.