Local Government Involvement

Local Governments in Western Australia are responsible for the control and maintenance of approximately 130,000 kilometers of road, making up 88% of the road network in Western Australia, and also where 65% of serious crashes occur.

With close links to local communities, Local Governments can provide leadership and foster a partnership approach to address local road safety issues.

Safe system resources for Local Government

WALGA’s RoadWise Program has developed a number of resources tailored to help Local Government’s plan and implement safe system initiatives at a local level.

To obtain electronic and hard copies of any of these resources, please complete the download form or contact your local Road Safety Advisor.

Safe System Toolkit for Local Government

The Safe System Toolkit was developed as part of WALGA’s Local Government Safe System Project, which was in operation from 2009-2013.

The Toolkit resulted from feedback received from the Local Government sector through a series of workshops. These workshops revealed that in general Local Government understand their role in road safety and creating a safe system, however, additional knowledge, skills and resources were required to implement this approach.

The Toolkit can assist Local Government in developing a strategic response to improve road safety in their local area and provides practical, evidence based solutions tailored to suit the sector.

To obtain electronic and hard copies of any of these resources, please complete the download form or contact your local Road Safety Advisor.

Safe System Guiding Principles for Local GovernmentSafe System Guiding Principles Chart

The Safe System Guiding Principles for Local Government are a set of principles designed to guide and support Local Governments in embracing the safe system approach to road safety.

The guiding principles were developed using a consensus process which involved an expert panel from the Local Government sector, together with local, national and international road safety professionals.

Essentially, the guiding principles provide direction and context with which to formulate strategies, plans and activities to improve road safety outcomes consistent with international best practice. The guiding principles build on past experience, work to add value to future activities and offer guidance to Local Governments in pursuit of innovation and effectiveness in the way they manage road safety.

For further information, please download an electronic copy of the Safe System Guiding Principles for Local Government booklet by completing the download form or contact your local Road Safety Advisor.

Declaration for Road Safety

The Declaration for Road Safety stands as a voluntary opportunity for Local Governments and other agencies, to demonstrate a political commitment to work towards zero road fatalities and serious injuries, and to participate in a sector wide leadership approach.

It does not commit Local Governments to actions beyond current resources, standards or means, but provides a statement of intent and acknowledges the moral and ethical role Local Governments have in their communities.

Essentially, the Declaration provides an opportunity for local leaders to pledge to future generations that every road death is one too many.

The Declaration can be amended to suit individual needs and commitments, should they wish to strengthen its intent, or include locally relevant statements.

The Association encourages all Local Governments to demonstrate their commitment to working towards zero road fatalities and serious injuries through this Declaration.

The Declaration has been developed based on:

  • Towards Zero - WA’s Road Safety Strategy 2008-2020
  • The Safe System Guiding Principles for Local Government
  • The Moscow Declaration, from the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety

To obtain electronic and hard copies of any of these resources, please complete the download form.


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