Frequently Asked Questions

The draft Strategy talks about a National Action Plan for the first five years. Is the National Action Plan also available for consultation?

The National Action Plan will not be released as a draft for consultation and will be finalised alongside the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30. However, it will be shaped by the feedback received through the consultation process on the draft Strategy. The draft Strategy identifies potential actions related to each of the nine priority areas and feedback received on these will be taken into consideration in finalising the Strategy and Action Plan.

Does the draft Strategy address the findings of the Inquiry into the effectiveness of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-20?

The draft strategy demonstrates a firm commitment to addressing the findings of the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 (the Inquiry). In response to the Inquiry’s recommendations, the draft Strategy includes an enhanced governance framework, and performance management and reporting system that will ensure that all parties to the Strategy are accountable for its implementation. This system will include robust and measurable safety performance indicators that indicate whether intervention measures are effective, and whether the Strategy is heading in the right direction.

The targets of the 2011-20 Strategy were not met. How do we know this Strategy will do better?

Australian governments have collectively agreed to Vision Zero – a target of zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads by 2050. To set Australia on the path to achieve Vision Zero, targets are required over the next 10 years.

The draft Strategy addresses the recommendations of the Inquiry into the 2011-2020 Strategy. It includes nine priorities areas, determined on a data driven basis. Focusing on these nine priorities areas will allow us to make the most difference to reducing fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.

The draft Strategy also includes a stronger governance framework, performance management and reporting on road safety outcomes. This will be supported by the establishment of the $5.5 million National Road Safety Data Hub, which will provide transparency on the effectiveness of our investments and measures, and an evidence base to drive best practice outcomes.

The Strategy has adopted a social model approach reaching across all sectors of society. The social model recognises that road safety is everyone’s responsibility and that we need cultural change across Australian society in order to influence improvements to the road safety of our communities.

Significant investment is being made by governments to improve road safety across Australia, including a range of Australian Government programs, such as the $2 billion Road Safety Program and $500 million Targeted Road Safety Works Program, delivering road improvements to specifically target safety measures.

When will the National Road Safety Data Hub be available?

The $5.5 million National Road Safety Data Hub will be delivered over the course of four years and will work to harmonise, expand and link key road safety databases to ensure the effective application of road safety treatments nation-wide. Planning for the Data Hub is currently underway.

How can road safety organisations provide input to feed into the National Road Safety Data Hub?

Planning is underway for the National Road Safety Data Hub, including how it will harmonise, expand and link critical road safety data from a wide variety of sources.

As planning for the Data Hub continues, it is expected there will be further engagement to seek input from industry.

How were the nine priorities of the draft Strategy determined?

The nine priority areas outlined in the draft Strategy are based on evidence, being the areas where the most difference can be made to reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads. In developing the draft Strategy, including the nine priority areas, the Office of Road Safety collaborated with state and territory agencies and the Australian Local Government Association. The priorities were finalised through a targeted consultation process involving over 50 national stakeholder groups including road safety advocates and researchers.

When will the Strategy be finalised?

The Strategy is expected to be finalised in the first half of 2021 alongside an accompanying National Road Safety Action Plan for the first five years. The final Strategy and Action Plan will take into consideration feedback received through consultation on the draft Strategy.

What is the Office of Road Safety’s role in the Strategy?

The Office of Road Safety is leading the development of the National Road Safety Strategy 2021‑2030 (the Strategy), working closely with states, territories and the Australian Local Government Association. The Office of Road Safety will lead the Strategy’s implementation, supported by and working closely alongside all levels of government.

The Office of Road Safety is the Australian Government’s lead on road safety and was established to foster improved coordination for road safety across Australia.

How will the Strategy be reported on?

The draft Strategy outlines a strengthened governance and performance framework, designed to hold all parties to the Strategy to account – the commonwealth, state and territory governments, and local governments.

Independent review and analysis will be a key feature of the Strategy, such as through an external advisory group, to provide an annual report to the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers Meeting.