Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q)'s Contributions to the NRSPP & Points of Contact
- Program Partners
- Working Group - Driver Headspace Working Group
- Andrea McCrindleResearch Manager
The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) is the leading centre in Australia dedicated to research, education and outreach activities in road safety, and is a vital player in the international pursuit of road safety. CARRS-Q exemplifies an approach to shaping and informing public debate that works through long-term partnerships with key government and industry bodies. CARRS-Q was established in 1996 as a joint venture initiative of the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) . The Centre was created to address the enormous human, economic and social costs resulting from road crashes. This was made possible by a grant from MAIC through the QUT Foundation. MAIC and QUT provide core funding for staff and research infrastructure. The Centre also obtains major funding support through successful national competitive research grants and consultancies.
The Centre is renowned internationally and is the premier trainer of road safety researchers and practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region. At the state and national level, CARRS-Q has had a major impact on road safety and injury prevention policies and practices, through both government and industry linkages. Internationally, the Centre’s success in winning the ICADTS Institutional Widmark Award and its hosting of the triennial ICADTS Conference in 2013 confirms that it is a world leader in road safety.
The growing skill base of the Centre and the acquisition of key research infrastructure, such as the Advanced Driving Simulator, positions CARRS-Q in an ideal situation to expand the scope and significance of its activities. Over recent years, the Centre has established a growing international profile in new areas such as injury prevention among young adults, motorcycle and bicycle safety, intelligent transport systems (ITS), road safety infrastructure, workforce safety, and professional road safety training and capacity building.
Into the future, this renewed funding will both consolidate and extend CARRS-Q’s capacity to undertake world class research and professional education activities, in order to become a leading international centre in both road safety and injury prevention.
What are CARRS-Q’s NRSPP road safety commitments and by when?
- High impact research influencing national and international policy
- Strong linkages with government and industry
- Committed to participating nationally and internationally to reduce road trauma
- Multidisciplinary research team
- Dr Darren WishartSenior Research Fellow- Fleet & Motorcycle Safety/Registered Psychologist
CARRS-Q is committed to:
- Conducting high-quality, world-class research and education programs.
- Continuing to provide a supportive environment that attracts and retains high-quality staff and Higher Degree Research students.
- Engaging with partners and clients in a transparent, accountable and ethical manner.
- Nurturing a connected intellectual climate that encourages innovation, creativity and a multidisciplinary approach.
- Utilising financial and human-resource policies and practices that are equitable, transparent and accountable.
- Monitoring performance to ensure alignment of effort with strategic goals and related actions.
Workplace Road Safety within CARRS-Q
Given the vast amount of time people spend working, safety at work is an important component of everyone’s lives. Work-related fatalities and injuries have a significant impact on society, along with the family and friends of those involved.
CARRS-Q undertakes research working collaboratively with industry across multiple areas in the work safety domain including research relating to driving for work including both light and heavy vehicles, roadside worker safety, public transport and rideshare, construction safety and regulator work health and safety.