NRSPP would like to warmly welcome Churches of Christ in Queensland as a Program Partner and looks forward to working with them in the future.

What sector does your organisation operate within?

Churches of Christ in Queensland operates within the community care and support sector as a church-managed, not-for-profit organisation. Churches of Christ in Queensland is a group of mainstream Christian churches which has been an active part of the Queensland community for over 130 years. It has a significant presence within Queensland, Victoria and Vanuatu with over 300 services in more than 100 communities, touching tens of thousands of lives each year.

What size is your fleet or the number of staff who generate your transport task?

Churches of Christ in Queensland has a fleet of around 585 fleet assets. The majority of these are sedans and derivatives, supplemented with a number of buses and trailers and also commercial vehicles. The fleet is managed by myself, a Senior Fleet officer and a Fleet/Insurance officer.

Describe your organisation and what road safety means to your it?

Churches of Christ in Queensland (CofCQ) has over 3,300 staff and around 1,500 volunteers, impacting and uplifting lives in community care, foster care, aged care, retirement living, affordable housing, residential youth, and chaplaincy support ranging from community centres to men’s sheds to farmers and even mining.

There are over 1,700 aged care residents, 1,000 retirement living residents, 5,800 home and community care clients, nearly 1,500 affordable housing tenancies, and 3,400 children youth and family clients.

Why become a Partner?

To support such a diverse range of services in over 100 locations, staff and volunteers travelled over 10,752,000 km last financial year, many of those on rural roads. This represents a significant risk. Further, staff and volunteers use private vehicles for work purposes, constituting an additional ‘grey fleet’ risk.

In common with many other care-based organisations, staff may prioritise client and resident care over travel. As a result, the opportunity exists to improve driver safety. Fleet are implementing a number of safety interventions, including:

  • Changing vehicle insurer to a supplier that will partner with CofCQ to reduce crashes and incidents.
  • Tool Box talks at all major locations with vehicles.
  • Roll out an online driver safety programme to all drivers, including family members who drive a Salary Sacrifice vehicle.
  • Improve reporting on crashes/incidents/infringements to key levels of the organisation.
  • Continually review the safety standard/options/policy when procuring vehicles
  • Implement a Grey Fleet policy and procedures and practices to support that policy.

What action(s) could your organisation do to support road safety through the NRSPP & by when?

1.      Support the development of the Grey Fleet working group and Grey Fleet Guide. 2017/18
2.      Involvement in Grey Fleet trials. Oct 17-May 18
3.      Participation in smartphone-based telematics safety trial if launched TBC
4.      Develop case study that explores CofCQ approach to there is no trade-off between safety and the environment. March 18
5.      Webinar expanding on case study March 18