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 was initially managed by ARRB following its launch in 2014 with funding from NSW Centre for Road Safety, NSW Motor Accident Authority, the National Transport Commission, the South Australian Motor Accident Commission, VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).
Funding expanded to include the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), Queensland TMR and Western Australian Road Safety Commission.
Host of the NRSPP
Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) commenced hosting the 1 August 2020. The program formerly started its transition from February when the Program Director shifted to Monash University to assist with the smooth transfer. A huge benefit for NRSPP is its ability to be able to draw on the vast resources of Monash University to help expand the evidence based resources with the program’s knowledge centre. As an example, NRSPP in collaboration with MUARC developed its first two organisational campaigns on driver distraction released in May and aggressive driving released October. The NRSPP has also formed several consortiums and collaborative projects with MUARC and industry in its first year, for example Austroads Suicide in Road Transport Project and Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency.
Past Hosts of NRSPP
The inaugural host of NRSPP was the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) from its launch on 5 May 2014 to the transfer to MUARC. In 2019, ARRB made the decision it no longer wished to host the program and it went for expressions of interest which saw it transfer for MUARC. The NRSPP SC acknowledges ARRB in helping assist in establishing the foundations for the program.