The National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020, aims to elevate Australia's road safety ambitions through this decade and beyond. It is firmly based on Safe System principles and is framed by the guiding vision that no person should be killed or seriously injured on Australia's roads. As a step towards this long-term vision, the strategy presents a 10-year plan to reduce the annual numbers of both deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads by at least 30 per cent.
The casualty reduction targets for 2020 are ambitious, but achievable. However, the level of trauma reduction that can actually be achieved by 2020 will depend on the costs and policy changes that the community is prepared to accept in return for a safer road transport system.
The strategy sets out a range of high-level directions and interventions to drive national road safety performance to the end of 2020. These focus on the main areas where there is evidence that sustained, coordinated effort can lead to large gains. There is also a focus on measures which may not see results for some time but which will lead to long-term improvement.
The National Road Safety Strategy represents the commitment of federal, state and territory governments to an agreed set of national road safety goals, objectives and action priorities. It is supported by a comprehensive performance monitoring and reporting regime.
However, the strategy is not an implementation plan. The detailed planning required to give effect to the strategy, including funding, legislative and administrative arrangements, requires ongoing work by all governments and their respective transport agencies. Further, the mix of measures adopted in individual jurisdictions, and the details of specific measures, may vary to reflect local circumstances and priorities.
More information about the current National Road Safety Strategy is available from the following links. The full document is also available as a pdf below.
- Safe System approach
- Developing Interventions
- Strategy Cornerstones
- 2014 Review of the strategy
- 2018 Inquiry into the Strategy
- 2019 Governance Review
National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 PDF: 5783 KB