The Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy (2011–2020) in 2018 highlighted the need for national leadership and coordination to develop and promote a strategic approach to developing the next National Road Safety Strategy and to ensure better road safety outcomes for all Australians.

The Office of Road Safety was established on 1 July 2019 to coordinate and facilitate the national efforts to eliminate road trauma in Australia.

The Office works with state, territory and local governments, police agencies, road safety organisations and other stakeholders to achieve our long-term aim that no one is killed or seriously injured on Australia's roads.

To support effective national collaboration and coordination, our role involves:

  • collecting, verifying and disseminating information on the effectiveness of road safety interventions nationally through the National Road Safety Data Hub
  • analysing research and data to inform road safety policy and program development
  • implementing the National Road Safety Strategy with state, territory, and local governments to achieve road trauma reduction targets by 2030
  • administering the national Road Safety Program that funds lifesaving road safety treatments across urban and regional areas
  • partnering with states, territories and local governments to pilot new and innovative road safety solutions
  • engaging with national road safety stakeholders and the Australian public to improve road safety for all Australians.