Fact sheet: Top safety performance indicators – tracking performance

Safety performance indicators provide an understanding of performance against the National Road Safety Strategy, whether intervention measures are effective, and whether the Strategy has set the right directions.

Tracking outcomes and safety performance indicators  

Tracking performance provides an evidence base (which over time becomes more robust) to inform future intervention opportunities and the ability to adapt to new and emerging problems. It also allows for a greater understanding of when particular measures reach saturation, if the implementation of intervention measures are being carried out as intended, or if greater ambition is required.

The primary measures of success are the overall reductions in road trauma, however these are lag indicators—we find out after the fact if we were successful. Lead indicators are equally as important as they signal the priority of a measure and the focus required, as well as the safety gap needed to be overcome to achieve a positive outcome.

Over the next ten years, annual measurement of the both the lag indicators and lead indicators will be measured and published. 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.

This fact sheet highlights the smaller list of indicators which will be the main focus of public monitoring to provide a simpler picture of progress in key areas. The separate Fact Sheet ‘Performance Monitoring’ outlines the overall approach to performance monitoring and includes some proposed indicators in each of four categories.

It is important to note that the indicators suggested are indicative only. Ongoing collaborative work will be needed to establish appropriate indicators, definitions and to explore data sources that will allow measurement.

Lag National Road Safety Performance Indicators

  • Number of national road crash fatalities per capita
  • Number of national road crash serious injuries per capita (currently the number of unique identifier hospitalisations—with progress towards a national definition for serious injuries to be settled and adopted in 2021–2022)

Lead National Road Safety Performance Indicators

  • Share of local councils with a network safety plan
  • Share of travel on high speed network (≥ 80 km/h) with shoulder sealing, rumble strips, median treatments and protection from road side hazards as a minimum
  • Share of road length on designated motorcycle routes with motorcycle friendly crash barriers
  • Share of sober drivers and riders
  • Share of drug free drivers and riders
  • Share of drivers and riders not exceeding speed limits
  • Share of drivers and riders not using a mobile phone or device
  • Share of motor vehicle occupants wearing seat belts
  • Share of new light vehicles on the roads sold with an ANCAP 5 star rating
  • Share of new heavy vehicles with ESC, AEB and lane keep assist safety technology
  • Share of high pedestrian activity areas with a posted speed limit between 20–40 km/h
  • Share of separated cycle ways on urban roads which have a posted speed limit ≥ 50 km/h
  • Share of signalised intersections with a speed limit less than 70km/h