Demonstration Project

Three Local Governments are partnering with WALGA's RoadWise in an initiative which aims to demonstrate the significant influence Local Governments can have in the prevention of road death and serious injury, through the adoption and application of best practice in road safety.

The demonstration project sees the Shires of Dardanup, Esperance and Manjimup work closely with WALGA’s RoadWise to embed a road safety management system, based on the safe system approach, for improving the safety performance of their local road network.

Putting a road safety management system in place will enable the participating Local Governments to prioritise effort and resources. This will guide actions in working towards a point in time where no harm occurs on local roads.

Project Update: Shires of Manjimup, Dardanup and Esperance Progress to Next Phase


Local Governments participating with WALGA's RoadWise in a demonstration project to improve the road safety performance of their local road network are working through a six step process to embed a road safety management system into their organisation.

With the aim of establishing a clear road safety direction that is meaningful to staff, Councillors and the community, the project is based on the International Standard of Road Traffic Safety Management Systems (ISO 39001).

Establishing Road Safety Visions and Seeking Project Endorsement

Each participating Local Government commenced by scoping the project, establishing a long-term road safety vision and seeking Council or Executive endorsement to participate in the project. A detailed Elected Member and staff road safety survey and Scorecard was conducted to measure the current road safety knowledge, understanding and implementation of the safe system approach. The results will be used to identify possible barriers and opportunities for the implementation of a road safety management system. The survey was also a chance for Elected Members and staff to provide feedback and input into the process.

Mapping Existing Road Safety policies, Programs and Procedures

Most recently, a mapping exercise provided the opportunity for each Local Government to map existing Local Government policies, programs or procedures which either incorporate road safety outcomes or which could be strengthened to embed best practice road safety into Council business.

Planning Stage

Participating Local Governments will soon move to the planning stage of the project. The International Standard of Road Traffic Safety Management Systems (ISO 39001) includes a list of road traffic safety performance factors which WALGA’s RoadWise has used to develop tailored tools to assist the Shires of Manjimup, Dardanup and Esperance in this planning stage.

These tools will assist the Local Governments to select the road traffic safety performance factors they want to implement based on their agreed project scope, context and vision. Performance factors could comprise the inclusion of best practice planning, design, construction and maintenance of the road network into relevant policies and guidelines, conducting a network-wide safety assessment of roads, providing crash protective roadsides to prevent run-off road crashes, ensuring safe speeds and improving fleet safety practices. Once implemented and monitored, this will help showcase Esperance, Manjimup and Dardanup as national leaders in the application of best practice road safety management and adoption of ISO39001.

WALGA is now in the early stages of offering support and advice to other Local Governments wishing to manage the road safety performance of their road network through a Road Safety Management System. Local Governments can contact Road Safety Systems Specialist, Jo Malcolm for more information.

International Standard for Road Traffic Safety Management System (ISO 39001)

The management system being used in the delivery of the WALGA RoadWise Demonstration Project - Local Government Road Safety Management System is based on the International Standard for Road Traffic Safety Management System (ISO 39001).

This is believed to be the first example of Local Governments using ISO 39001 in Australia and will thus showcase the Shires of Dardanup, Esperance and Manjimup, within and outside the sector, as leaders in the application of best practice road safety.

Emphasising Local Governments' Strategic Role in Road Safety

This project has strategic importance for the field of road safety and for the Local Government sector. There is growing recognition, at both national and state levels, that involving Local Governments in the implementation of the Safe System Approach (considered best practice) will be critical to achieving significant road safety gains for communities.

Representing a new direction for WALGA’s RoadWise, the project places a strategic emphasis on Local Governments’ role as road managers planning authorities and fleet managers, in addition to their community development and leadership roles. It is complemented by existing partnerships between Regional Road Safety Advisors and RoadWise or road safety committees that will remain in place.

Congratulations to the three Local Governments taking part in this project – the outcomes of which will have the potential to be applied across diverse range of Local Governments, with positive implications for the sector in the future.

Road Safety Snapshot: Western Australian Local Roadsreport

  • Local Governments manage 87 per cent of the road network
  • Just under 60 per cent of all deaths and serious injuries occur on the local road network.
  • Between 2014 and 2018, 3,488 people were killed or seriously injured on metropolitan local roads; 1,472 people were killed or seriously injured on regional local roads.
  • Road crashes on local roads cost the community $947.7 million per year (on average) over the five year period from 2014 to 2018.
  • The most common crash types on local roads across WA that result in death or serious injury are intersection (30.4%), run-off-road (24.2%) and hit pedestrian (10.9%) crashes.

Further Information

Project updates will be added to this webpage as the project progresses.

WALGA's RoadWise has developed the Safe System Planning Tool which are a set of principles designed to guide and support Local Governments in embracing the safe system approach to road safety. Visit the Safe System Approach to Road Safety page to find out more information, or contact your closest Regional Road Safety Advisor