National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020

The 2015 National Road Safety Strategy Implementation Status Report was endorsed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council on 6 November 2015 and is available from The new website has been designed as a hub for information on the strategy, helping to better explain the key policy principles and directions taken in the strategy.

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On average, four people are killed and 90 are seriously injured every day on Australia's roads. Almost everyone has, at some stage, been affected by a road crash.

The National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 was released on 20 May 2011 by the former Australian Transport Council (ATC), and is now overseen by the Transport and Infrastructure Council.

The strategy 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 strategy outlines broad directions for the future of Australian road safety, planned initiatives for the first three years and a range of options for further consideration as the strategy progresses. The initiatives and options are set out in four key areas—Safe Roads, Safe Speeds, Safe Vehicles and Safe People.

National Road Safety Action Plan 2015–2017

A new Action Plan for the three years from 2015 to 2017 was developed cooperatively by Commonwealth, state and territory transport agencies, and was endorsed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in November 2014.

This Action Plan is intended to focus national efforts on activities that will deliver or support significant long-term improvements to the safety of Australia's road transport system, especially through strategic investment in infrastructure safety, vehicle safety and capacity building work.

The Action Plan was informed by a comprehensive review of the National Road Safety Strategy conducted in 2014 by Austroads. The review included an independent study conducted for Austroads by the Centre for Automotive Safety Research, which was designed to identify new countermeasures, changes in trauma patterns and other considerations impacting on national road safety priorities. The results of this project were published in February 2015.


Last Updated: 6 November, 2015