Road Safety Around Schools

The safety of children travelling to, from, and around schools is an issue of concern for the whole community. The Road Safety Around Schools Guidelines has been developed to provide information, tools and advice to assist Local Governments and school communities to identify and address traffic management and road safety issues around schools.

The guidelines are intended to be practical and include common problems experienced around schools, the issues involved, and suggestions for addressing them. The guidelines also include a list of who to contact about resolving specific issues.

Two editions of the guidelines have been developed – a Local Government edition and a Schools edition. For a copy of either resource please complete the download form.

Updates: The guidelines contain information about child car restraints which has since changed. For current information about selecting and using child car restraints, please refer to the child car restraints page.

Safe Routes to School

For schools wishing to implement the Safe Routes to School initiative outlined in the Road Safety Around Schools Guidelines, please complete the download form to obtain copies of the following templates/resource:

  • Safe Routes to School Smiley Face template
  • Safe Routes to School Footprints template
  • Safe Routes to School Stop Sign Shape template
  • Safe Routes to School Stop template
  • Safe Routes to School Template Use Notes

Safe Routes to School paint requirements:

  • Wattyl Pascol Sunscreen Low Sheen - Signal Red - R13
  • Wattyl Pascol Sunscreen Low Sheen- Ultramarine Blue - B21
  • Wattyl Pascol Sunscreen Low Sheen - Bright Yellow - Y14

This paint has proved the most successful for this project.

Road Safety Around Schools - Audit Checklist

The provided checklist can be used by Road Safety Auditors in undertaking audits of roads in the vicinity of schools in addition to Austroads audit checklists. School environments have particular road safety problems and with the use of these special checklists Auditors can be prompted of these particular problems. For a copy of the Road Safety Around Schools Audit Checklist please complete the download form.

Walk Safely To School Day

Walk Safety to School Day is a national, annual event where all primary school children are encouraged to walk safely to school. A Walk Safely to School Day kit is sent to every primary school and local council prior to the event.

For more information or to check the date for the next event, visit the Walk Safely to School Day website

More Information

For further information please download a copy of the Road Safety Around Schools Guidelines Fact Sheet by completing the download form or contact your local Regional Road Safety Advisor.