The Australian Road Safety Conference (ARSC) is the largest road safety-dedicated conference in the Southern Hemisphere. Each year NRSPP actively supports the conference contributing papers, forming symposiums and sponsoring the Best Paper with Implications for Workplace Road Safety.

ARSC2021 went fully virtually this year due to Covid19 restrictions, after last year’s event was postponed. The theme for this year was Towards Zero: A Fresh Approach. ARSC2021 showcased the regions’ outstanding researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and industry spanning the plethora of road safety issues identified in the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Empowr Symposium: Creating opportunity for people who can’t access safe mobility and making it a reality

  • Purpose: To share the learnings and findings of the recent pilot funded by the Victorian Department of Transport. Tristan (CEO of Empowr) presented the approach to supporting access to safe new vehicles fitted with technology and the findings of the pilot. Binyam (young driver), Naheed (L2P coordinator) and Anthony (CEO of Ganbina) told their stories about their time in the pilot, the benefits they experienced, and the impact it had on them and the community.  The presentation aimed to increase awareness of the social innovation of the program to Government Directors and Road Safety Specialists and engage in further conversations about how the program could support other parts of Australia.
  • The symposium included Jerome Carslake of NRSPP, Tristan King (Empowr), Binyam Tekeie (young pilot participant), Naheed Ahktar (L2P Coordinator at Laverton Integrated Community Services) and Anthony Cavanagh (CEO, Ganbina).