This Charter has been prepared to outline the governance framework and working principles for the NRSPP. It is a living document and will be updated from time to time to meet the needs of the partnership as directed by the Steering Committee.

The Charter was approved on the 27 February 2017 by the Steering Committee which met in Melbourne.

Overview of NRSPP

The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) is a collaborative network established to support Australian organisations – both private and public – to implement a positive road safety culture. The program aims to improve the safety of all workers and, in so doing, help reduce the nation’s road trauma. Improving road safety is simply good business.

The National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) makes the case that everyone needs to share responsibility, that safety is not just the domain of government. The NRSPP was established to bring together businesses, researchers and government in an industry-led collaborative network. It aims to encourage organisations to share their knowledge and experiences. The program is about reducing death and injuries without regulation or red tape.

The program provides free networking, support, practical tools and education to assist organisations in making road safety part of their organisational culture, drawing on local and international good practice.

The NRSPP helps businesses of all sizes, across all sectors, to develop and implement road safety initiatives specific to their workplace and beyond. Importantly, it brings together and promotes conversations between businesses, government and researchers to help Australian organisations develop a strong safety culture – something that is critical to running a successful business.

Charter Overview

This Charter has been prepared to outline the governance framework and operating principles for the NRSPP. It is a living document and will be updated from time-to-time to meet the needs of the partnership as directed by the Steering Committee (SC).

Fundamental Principles and Structure

  1. The NRSPP is a cooperative partnership program, without legal underpinning, comprising, and facilitated (cash and in-kind) by, a range of government, industry and research partners. The program is administered by a Secretariat that is nominated by the SC and currently housed at the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB).
  2. The NRSPP is jointly overseen by the SC, comprising industry and funding partners, and by the Governance Board (GB). The SC has with responsibility for overall direction, strategic positioning and operational oversight for the program while the GB ensures good governance. (Specific accountabilities and composition for each are described below)
  3. The SC has an independent chair appointed by the GB following consultation with the SC.
  4. The GB comprises representatives of each of the Core Funders and three (nominated) SC industry partners.
  5. Program Partners (PP) are all organisations that make a commitment to improve workplace road safety within their organisation, and share their road safety knowledge and its application through the NRSPP. An “Agreement of Intention” is established with all Partners to define commitments, actions and expected outcomes, including championing the NRSPP.
  6. Working Groups (including any Sector Forums) exist to progress prioritised areas of risk or areas of engagement. The SC is accountable for the establishment of any Working Group or Sector Forum and provides final clearance of major outputs from all Working Groups.
  7. Working Groups and the Utilities Forum are chaired by a SC-appointed representative or the NRSPP Program Manager if needed. One person may chair more than one group.
  8. ARRB was chosen to host the operations of the NRSPP by the Steering Committee. A formal relationship exists between ARRB and the Core Funders on the Governance Board.
  9. Commercial products from third parties will not be endorsed by the NRSPP; organisations may share such products with each other as appropriate.

NRSPP Charter

1.    Vision and Mission

The vision of NRSPP is:

All businesses and organisations striving to eliminate serious injury and death from work-related vehicle crashes

The supporting mission is to ensure that:

  • the benefits of minimising work-related vehicle crashes are recognised and vigorously pursued
  • the leadership of all businesses and organisations recognise that work-related vehicle crashes are unacceptable and avoidable,
  • minimising work-related vehicle crashes is accepted as a shared responsibility
  • approaches to minimising work-related vehicle crashes are based on current best evidence
  • addressing work-related vehicle crashes becomes part of core business activity.

2.    Key objectives

  • Share and promote local and global 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 NRSP
  • Contribute to the delivery of the National Road Safety Strategy