Strategic directions

Directions—what the strategy aims to achieve by 2020

These directions form a broad picture of the major changes expected to take place over the period of the strategy.

Safe Roads

  • Adoption of improved standards for road design, construction and operation to reflect Safe System principles.
  • All new roads and upgrades of existing roads will be designed, built and operated in accordance with Safe System principles.
  • A substantial reduction in serious casualties due to run-off-road, head-on and intersection crashes.
  • All levels of government to:
    • have assessed risk on their road network and re-focused road investment programs to treat higher-risk sections of the road network (road segments, traffic routes and defined areas) in addition to more targeted black spot programs
    •  have adopted and applied the willingness-to-pay methodology to value reductions in fatalities and injuries
    •  be assessing the benefits and costs of safety treatments using a whole-of-life assessment
    •  have accepted accountability and responsibility for the road safety performance of their networks in accordance with Safe System principles.

Safe Speeds

  • Speed limits that reflect a better balance between safety and mobility objectives.
  • A substantial improvement in overall compliance with speed limits, particularly on highly trafficked and/or higher-risk sections of the road network.
  • Network-wide alignment of speed limits with the inherent risk and function of the road and roadside environment.

Safe Vehicles

  • A regulatory system ensuring that proven safety design features and technologies are mandated in new Australian vehicles as quickly as possible.
  • A greater penetration of five-star ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) rated vehicles in the general fleet, with ANCAP star ratings available for all new vehicles.
  • A reduction in the average fleet age in Australia.
  • Enhanced safety commitment from the commercial sector, including a demand for fleets to be equipped with key safety features such as five-star ANCAP rated vehicles, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side curtain airbags, alcohol and seatbelt interlocks, and Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA).
  • A substantial increase in the proportion of heavy vehicles with advanced braking systems and other safety technologies.
  • Significant improvement in the safety of the light commercial vehicle fleet.

Safe People—responsible road use

  • Australia will have a best practice graduated licensing scheme for novice drivers and riders.
  • Increased use of effective protective equipment by motorcyclists.
  • Substantially improved access to graduated licensing, and to vehicles with higher safety ratings, for Indigenous people.
  • A best practice framework for the assessment of older drivers' fitness to drive will be available and all jurisdictions will have effective processes for managing older driver licensing.
  • Development of suitable technology to combat driver fatigue.
  • Road safety education resources will be developed and available to the pre-primary sector and all primary and high schools.

Safe People—irresponsible road use

  • Elimination of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs as significant contributors to road trauma.
  • Elimination of illegal mobile phone use while driving.
  • A substantial reduction in the rate of driving by those without a licence.
  • All vehicle occupants are effectively restrained.