Program activities

Case Studies Under Development

The program is always looking for case studies which will feature organisations demonstrating good practice and leadership in promoting and creating a positive road safety culture. Most important is providing evidence overtime for how the intervention had an impact, lesson learned, barriers overcome and most importantly the how.

The following are the current case studies which are in the final stages of the development pipeline:

 Working Groups

1. Driver Headspace Working Group

Evaluating the risk associated with a drivers mindset before driving -

Working Group Objectives

  1. Identify the scale of the problem.
  2. Identify how or if organisations are currently managing driver mindset risk.
  3. Identify possible tools or process to manage the risk.

Desired Outcomes

  1. Understand the size and scope of driver distraction following a stressful event
  2. Employees understand the risk to themselves before they choose to drive, 
  3. Identify tools and methodologies for how to manage driver risk following a high stress event
  4. Organisations within these sectors understand the risks associated with driving following a stressful event and actively manage it.

The Working Group has produced a Research Report which is in the process of being converted into fact sheets and Thought Leadership: Driven to distraction – how technology and regulations are “overloading” drivers.

For more information please refer to the Driver Headspace Fact Sheet

2. Utilities Forum

To provide a forum where organisations from the utility sector can discuss what their major transport risks are, how they are mitigated, benchmark their road safety performance and how the key KPIs are influenced. Please refer to the Utilities Forum Fact Sheet for further information.

The inaugural forum was held in Adelaide on 22 July 2015 hosted by SA Power Networks and produced a Final Report from the day which provides the basis for bimonthly video conferences to continue to share knowledge on road safety risk management and their solutions.

The 2016 forum was hosted by Telstra on the 25 August in Melbourne and produced a Final Report from the day.

the 2017 forum will be hosted by Water Corporation in Perth on the 31 August.

3. Safe Use of Mobile in Vehicles (SUMV) Working Group

SUMV has been established to help all organisations establish a successful mobile phone policy for their workers whilst in their vehicles based on common sense and evidence. The Working Group has developed:

4. B2B (Business-to-Business)  Safer Vehicles are Better Business

The B2B Group is led by Steering Committee Partner IAG and developed B2B Video: Safer Vehicles are Better Business. The video would not have been possible without the support and input from leaders within 3M, ARRB, Bosch,  Origin and Uniting Care Queensland.

This Business-to-Business (B2B) Video is a call to arms to all businesses to make the purchasing of safer vehicles a core component of their holistic road safety strategy. Safer vehicles is a key pillar in the safe system which is the foundation for NRSPP - safe speeds, safe vehicles, safe drivers and safer roads. The group also developed the Safe Vehicle Purchasing Policy which only relates to one section of the framework, as such it is only one of a number of policies that make up a systems approach to vehicle safety within an organisation.

5. Grey Fleet (GF)

The objectives of this working group are:

  1. To bring together a range of businesses and organisations to collaborate and create an ongoing dialogue around the management of GF. 
  2. Identify issues relevant to GF 
  3. Raise the understanding and awareness of the responsibilities organisation’s have relating to GF
  4. Develop and promote a range of strategies to better manage and monitor GF safety
  5. Evaluate developed and implemented strategies

6. Maintenance - 5 Star ANCAP

The aim of this group is to:

The Working Group is finalising a generic Safer Vehicle Purchasing Policy for fleets to utilise based on selecting 5 Star ANCAP and a brief which explains the various vehicle safety technologies, what is included in a 5 Star ANCAP vehicle and what is on the horizon. The Working Group is also planning the establishment of a series of B2B video featuring 30-40s of why companies are implementing and 5 Star purchasing policy.....  Participants

7. Maintenance - Influencing Driver Behaviour

Two reports are being developed into the various types of in-vehicle technology, and how in-vehicle technology can affect drivers' behaviour. These are currently with the Steering Committee for final approval....  Participants

Issue Paper and Thought Leadership Pieces

The Steering Committee identified a range of knowledge gaps which ARRB is currently exploring how to best raise awareness of good practice surrounding it. The following is a list of what has been delivered and is currently being developed:

Papers under development:

Thought Leadership under development

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee met in Sydney on 5 September which was kindly hosted by Commonwealth Department in Canberra. They will next meet will be held in Melbourne in February hosted by Viva Energy.

Workplace Organisational Road Safety Guide

Was developed in partnership between the National Transport Commission, New Zealand Accident Compensation Commission and NSW Centre for Road Safety. The guide was launched on the 5 May 2014 as part of the program's official launch by Dr Jeff Potter, Project Director from the National Transport Commission. The guide will be updated periodically based on feedback received from those who have used it, this will help keep it current and applicable. A webinar was held on 18 March by the authors to explain the guide in more detail and answer those lingering questions.

Program Funding

A funding consortium consisting of ARRB, National Transport Commission, NSW Centre for Road Safety, NSW Motor Accident Authority, South Australian Motor Accident Commission and VicRoads/TAC will provide funding for the program for the next three years. The Steering Committee has endorsed the establishment of an unincorporated joint venture. This would recognise that the Program is at the end of its incubation stage.

Benchmarking Tool

The development of a benchmarking tool was one of the core elements identified by stakeholders during the consultation period for the program’s development. The program's secretariat  has been exploring options for developing the tool and the website has been structured to include the tool once developed. Funding has been secured through a grant from the NRMA/ACT Road Safety Trust to develop Stages 1 and 2 of the Tool. Consultation involved 70+ organisations  provide feedback through workshops held in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. The framework was finalised and approved by the NRMA/ACT Road Safety Trust.

Program Management

At the March 15th 2013 Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee (TISOC) the committee:

  1. AGREED that the Business Partnerships (Safety) Program is worthwhile joint industry-government initiative that delivers positive actions through the corporate sector that will contribute to achieving the objectives of the National Road Safety Strategy, without the imposition of regulatory ‘red-tape’
  2. ENDORSED that government continues its involvement in the delivery of this program through:
    a. the NTC with reduced involvement until mid-2014 when the program will be completely in the hands of participating companies;
    b. another government or other national entity nominated by TISOC.

The program’s Steering Committee went through an exhaustive process to select a new manager to meet TISOC’s directions. Of the nine organisations identified as potential managers, five submitted expressions of interest with ARRB Group selected as the new manager of the program.