All businesses and organisations striving to eliminate serious injury and death from work-related vehicle crashes
- Share and promote knowledge to help businesses develop their road safety culture
- Collaborate with organisations throughout Australia
- Reward and recognise innovation and achievements in reducing road incidents
- Grow membership and influence with organisations throughout Australia
- Implement governance and sustainability of NRSPP
- Contribute to the delivery of the National Road Safety Strategy
What is the National Road Safety Partnership Program?
The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) offers a collaborative network for Australian organisations to build and implement effective road safety strategies in the workplace.
The program offers organisations the resources to improve road safety that best fit their individual operations and, at the same time, improve business productivity through less time and money lost through safety incidents.
The program is not a prescriptive approach but aims to complement existing safety legislation by providing access to a ‘knowledge bank’ from a diverse network of organisations to given them the resources to implement their own initiatives. The tools will help make the business case for organisations shifting their safety focus from 'having' to safety to secure a contract to 'wanting' to because it is simply good business.
The NRSPP aims to help Australian organisations develop a positive road safety culture and, in turn, become an example for others to enhance road safety nationally.
This is achieved by building and sharing knowledge of effective strategies to reduce road-related trauma, and to foster national networks and collaboration for the benefit of improving road safety.
A number of organisations within Australia and internationally have introduced road safety initiatives which result in a safer workforce, and in turn, a safer community. The returns are often also realised in other ways such as customer loyalty, decreased operating costs, a more skilled workforce, overall reduction in corporate risk, and enhanced brand recognition.
In 2011, the National Transport Commission (NTC) began to engage with the Australian business sector about developing a collaborative program which would encourage more businesses to introduce these types of initiatives. The aim was to highlight the role that business sector - not only the general community and governments - can play in contributing to the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 objective to reduce Australian road deaths and injuries by 30 per cent by 2020.
This consultation process revealed a desire from Australian businesses for a national collaborative program on road safety that draws on the strengths of existing programs and initiatives, whilst encouraging better practice, innovation and shared learning.
A Steering Committee to guide the development of the program was established in June 2012, involving some of Australia’s leading businesses. The Steering Committee was heavily involved in the development of a strategy document to underpin the program which was released by the NTC in June 2013.
The NRSPP was launched 5 May as part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety Policy and Donor Forum 2014 by Prince Michael of Kent, Patron for The Commission for Global Road Safety. The forum was a high profile forum which brought together international and domestic speakers to discuss the policy debate surrounding road safety in the Asia Pacific region, outline the issues and suggest possible solutions. Attention was focussed on the road safety problems in low and middle income countries where road trauma is increasing dramatically as these countries experience rapid motorisation.
The program is being managed by ARRB and is funded over the next three years by ARRB, NSW Centre for Road Safety, NSW Motor Accident Authority, the NTC, the South Australian Motor Accident Commission, VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission.
Program Framework underpinned by Safe Systems Approach
What is the Safe Systems Approach to Road Safety?
NRSPP Framework is underpinned by the Safe Systems approach to road safety which aligns with the Australian National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 and the UN Decade of Action.
The Safe System approach aims for a more forgiving road system that takes human fallibility and vulnerability into account. Whilst a often described very complicated, the New Zealand Ministry of Transport has described it in the simplest of terms:
Under a Safe System we design the whole transport system to protect people from death and serious injury.
We accept that:
- People make mistakes - We need to recognise that people make mistakes and some crashes are inevitable.
- People are vulnerable - Our bodies have a limited ability to withstand crash forces without being seriously injured or killed.
- We need to share responsibility - Those who design the road system and those who use the roads must all share responsibility for creating a road system where crash forces don't result in death or serious injury.
- We need to strengthen all parts of the system - We need to improve the safety of all parts of the system - roads and roadsides, speeds, vehicles, and road use - so that if one part fails, other parts will still protect the people involved.
Under the Safe System approach, all system designers must share the responsibility for road safety outcomes. System designers include planners, engineers, parents, policy makers, enforcement officers, educators, utility providers, insurers, vehicle manufacturers and importers, the media, fleet managers and many more.
What does a Safe System look like?
When we have a safe road system, everyone will expect a very low road toll and serious injuries will be increasingly rare. All parts of the system will be much safer than they are now, as illustrated in the bottom diagram. For example:
- roads and roadsides will be safer because transport and urban planning, and road design will accommodate errors; surfaces will be improved and roadside hazards removed or barriers installed
- speed will be managed to safe levels through more appropriate limits, and there will be smarter self-explaining roads and roadsides that show people what safe speeds mean
- vehicles will increasingly have advanced safety features, including electronic stability control, front and side curtain airbags and head restraints, collision avoidance systems and better maintenance of tyres and brakes
- road users will be alert and aware of the risks and drive or ride to the conditions; there will be more in-vehicle technologies to give drivers safety feedback, ensure alertness and reinforce compliance with the road rules.
Advancing the Safe System approach
The difference between life and death
The safe system approach is a proven way to save lives and reduce serious injuries. Originally developed in Sweden, it has been applied in New Zealand since 2010 and is helping to drive down the rate of death and injury on our roads. But there is still much more to do. Every year far too many Kiwi families are torn apart by serious road trauma.
The safe system approach helps us to see that it doesn't have to be like this. It recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash. It reduces the price paid for a mistake so crashes don't result in loss of life or limb. Mistakes are inevitable - deaths and serious injuries from road crashes are not.
Learn more about the safe system approach by watching this short video below, and then share it with your colleagues, friends and family. Together we can make a difference!
You can also access the trailer and a video links via the New Zealand Ministry of Transport Resources page which provides the simplest and easiest description of Safe Systems Approach.