Other transport programs

Program 2.3-Road Safety


The Department facilitated the establishment of the seven-member National Road Safety Council (NRSC) on 6 November 2009. The NRSC advises the ATC on the implementation of national road safety measures.

The Department has been working with the Australian Automobile Association to implement keys2drive, a national learner driver program.

The Department became a member of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), with two directors on the ANCAP Board. ANCAP's consumer awareness program complements regulation in promoting vehicle safety.

The Department prepared a proposal for the development of an international vehicle standard to improve vehicle crashworthiness in side impacts with narrow objects. This will also improve crashworthiness in side impacts more generally and in rollovers. The proposal was agreed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the peak body on vehicle regulations, in June 2010. Australia will now lead an international working group to develop the standard and has commenced a major crash test program to support this work.


Program 2.3 was delivered through the work of the Surface Transport Policy Division. Program 2.3 contributed to the development of a safer road transport system by working to make vehicles and occupants safer, and drivers more informed.

Program 2.3 included the following administered items:

  • keys2drive
  • National Road Safety Council—contribution, and
  • Seatbelts on regional school buses.

The budget and actual expenditure for each administered item is listed in Appendix A.

Summary of performance

Tables 4.7 and 4.8 summarise the Department's results in delivering Program 2.3, against the key performance indicators and deliverables and their targets published in the 2009–10 PBS.

Table 4.7 Summary of performance-Program 2.3 key performance indicators
Deliverable Target Result
Australia's motor vehicle safety standards are aligned with international standards. Ongoing policies and legislation are sufficiently robust to enable a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible light and heavy vehicle sector. Achieved
The Department completed one major and 11 minor Australian Design Rule (ADR) amendments. The major amendment mandated front under-run protection for heavy vehicles (over 12 tonnes).

The Department notified the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) of the application of 29 UNECE vehicle regulations in ADR.
Road vehicles supplied to the Australian market meet appropriate safety, emissions, anti-theft and environmental standards. Ongoing provision of technical and administrative framework. Achieved
The Department continued to ensure that road vehicles supplied to the market met legislative and administrative requirements.
Contribute to the development of a safe road transport system. Statistical analysis and information published is accurate and robust. Stakeholders are assisted to evaluate and improve transport safety outcomes. Achieved
The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) published regular statistical bulletins containing accurate and robust analysis and information, which was disseminated to stakeholders to assist them to evaluate and improve road safety outcomes.

BITRE also publishes safety statistics for rail, air and sea transport in the Australian Transport Statistics yearbook.
Results Key  
Not achieved None or minimal progress was made against targets in 2009–10
Partially achieved Some targets were met, and any issues are being managed
Substantially achieved Targets were mostly met, and any issues are being managed
Achieved All targets for 2009–10 were met or exceeded
Table 4.8 Summary of performance-Program 2.3 deliverables
Deliverable Target Result
The collection and publication of up-to-date national statistics on fatal road crashes:
  • publish regular statistical bulletins on national road deaths
  • undertake an annual national survey to monitor community attitudes, perceptions and behaviours on a wide range of road safety issues.
Updated statistics published within 2 weeks of the end of each month.

Develop and conduct survey. Analyse survey data. Disseminate survey data among stakeholders by December 2009. Develop policy initiatives for government consideration. Implement government decisions as appropriate.
BITRE published regular monthly statistical bulletins on national road deaths within two weeks of the end of each month.

A report was published detailing the results of a 2009 survey of community attitudes to road safety.
Coordinate development of a draft National Road Safety Strategy for the Australian Transport Council (ATC). Draft strategy submitted to ATC by June 2010. Proposed content for the draft national road safety strategy was submitted to the ATC for consideration in April 2010.
Provide secretariat support for the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), including development of a 2009–10 work program for ATC consideration. Work program submitted to ATC in early 2009–10. The NRSC held consultations with key stakeholders, identified several areas for priority action and engaged a consultant to develop a communications strategy. The NRSC prepared a report for ATC consideration on its proposed work program and budget for 2010–11.
The assessment and certification of road vehicles in Australia.
Vehicle certification arrangements:
  • number of vehicle certification approvals
3,400 4,445
  • percentage of approvals within 32 days (service charter)
100% 95%
  • number of audits of vehicle production and/or test facilities
50 72
  • applications for inclusion on the Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles are assessed and concluded
70 84
Registered Automotive workshop Scheme:
  • number of workshop inspections
200 168
  • proportion of workshop inspections completed in six weeks
85% 74%
  • proportion of evidence examinations completed within 20 working days
85% 86%
  • number of used vehicle import plates issued.
7,200 8,076
Vehicle imports applications:
  • number of applications processed
16,000 21,638
  • proportion processed within 17 working days (approvals/refusals).
90% 61%
Safety and investigations:
  • number of safety investigations
100 107
  • number of recalls monitored.
170 174
Efficient and effective management of administered items. Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance. All programs were administered in accordance with relevant legislation, guidelines and ANAO guidance.
Facilitate the continuing development and delivery of the keys2drive education program for learner drivers. Assist the Australian Automobile Association in the development of the program. The keys2drive program was launched in all states and the Australian Capital Territory.
The number of school buses equipped with seatbelts for students in rural and regional areas are increased as a consequence of the Seatbelts on regional school buses administered item. Applications are processed and buses are fitted or retrofitted within specified guidelines. As a result of the program, 63 school buses were fitted with seatbelts. The program is demand driven.

Table 4.9 provides a summary of the results achieved by each of the administered items under program 2.3.

Table 4.9 Summary of performance-Program 2.3 administered items
Administered item Result
Keys2drive The program is delivering the first driving instructor accreditation scheme in Australia. The program aims to deliver around 200,000 free driving lessons to learner drivers accompanied by their supervisors over the five years to 2011–12.
National Road Safety Council—contribution The NRSC, established in November 2009, consulted with key stakeholders to identify road safety areas for priority action.
Seatbelts on regional school buses A total of 56 school bus operators applied for funding to fit seatbelts in 88 buses; funding approval was granted for 87 of the 88 buses. The fitting of seatbelts has been completed in 63 buses.

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