Friday 13th March 2020
9:00am – 5:00pm
Yarra Room Melbourne Town Hall

Australian state governments have established targets to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries that occur on our roads. In most cases, current trends suggest these targets are unlikely to be met.

This one day symposium focuses on evidence-based road safety policies and implementation, with leading international and Australian road safety experts highlighting how we are tracking and what we need to do to achieve our road safety targets.

This symposium brings together some of the world’s most respected speakers on road safety and city design, to tackle the major challenges to Australia becoming a world leader in road safety.


Prof. Fred Wegman
Professor – Traffic Safety The Netherlands

John Merritt
Chair of the Board Road Safety Victoria

Meredith Glaser
Urban Planner University of Amsterdam

Assoc. Prof. Jeremy Woolley
Associate Professor, Director Centre for Automotive Safety Research, University of Adelaide

Vijaya Vaidyanath
CEO, City of Yarra


  • Understanding current trends and challenges in road safety
  • What has and hasn’t worked in road safety
  • Is Australia meeting its road safety targets, and what can be learnt from the world leaders in transport safety?
  • Emerging trends in road safety: e-scooters, bike share, distracted driving and more
  • Autonomous vehicles, Mobility as a Service and implications for road safety and street design
  • Boosting participation and safety outcomes for walking and cycling. What can Australia learn from best practice countries?
  • 30km/h zones: what’s their impact on safety, travel time and their applicability to NSW?

Why is this symposium different?

  • Each speaker has been carefully selected for their depth of knowledge in road safety, their engaging speaking capabilities and their ability to tie this knowledge into the Australian context.
  • Learning from the best: The Netherlands has become a world leader in road safety. They were not always at the top of the road safety list, and this conference offers two excellent Dutch experts to describe the policy measures implemented in the Netherlands that have led to their place as one of the safest places to drive, cycle and walk.
  • Applies road safety within the context of the Sustainable Safety paradigm, which has been applied successfully in the Netherlands.
  • Great balance of audience interaction. Many conferences leave little time for Q&As. This conference offers generous opportunities for the audience to contribute and ask questions.