Road Safety Strategies

WALGA’s RoadWise contributes to the implementation of the National and State road safety strategies, in three key areas:

  • By engaging Local Governments in strategic and sustainable initiatives to ingrain or mainstream the safe system approach,
  • By informing, facilitating and mobilising community action for road safety, and
  • Fostering and supporting collaborative partnerships to improve road safety in metropolitan, rural, remote communities across the state.

As part of WALGA, the peak industry body for Local Governments in WA, RoadWise is uniquely placed to work closely with Local Governments.

Local Governments are responsible for designing, building, and maintaining an extensive road network. Local Governments manage 87.2 per cent of the road network in Western Australia where 58 per cent of all killed or serious injury crashes occur.

As system designers within the safe system framework, Local Governments have a strategic and operational road safety role as road managers, planning authorities and fleet managers, in addition to their community development and leadership roles.

Local Governments are crucial partners in the translation of safe system principles into practice, and WALGA is in a strong position to positively influence and work with the sector to build support and local capacity that contributes to the collective road safety effort.

Our focus is to continue to engage Local Governments in best practice road safety to build an informed and committed sector with safe system principles integrated in the way the local road network is managed, and in doing so, contribute to the achievement of the medium and long-term goals and targets of the both the National and State road safety strategies.

WALGA’s RoadWise is also informed and guided by international best practice in road safety including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030

The National Road Safety Strategy 2021–2030 represents the commitment of federal, state and territory governments to an agreed set of national goals, objectives and action priorities; setting out a path for action to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on Australian roads.

A copy of the draft National Road Safety Strategy is available at www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au/nrss.

Driving Change – Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 2020-30

Driving Change is the State Government’s road safety strategy for 2020-2030 which was released by the State Government in November 2020.

Driving Change is the framework to guide WA’s road safety journey over the next decade, to reduce the number of people fatally, severely, or seriously injured by 50 to 70 per cent by 2030, and to zero by 2050.

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For further information, please download a copy of Driving Change, Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 2020-2030 from the Road Safety Commission’s website at https://www.rsc.wa.gov.au/New-Road-Safety-Strategy