Vision Zero Road Safety

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility as we strive for Vision Zero: that is no deaths or serious injuries on our roads.

When we get behind the wheel we take responsibility for the lives of not just ourselves, but our passengers and other road users – Vision Zero is driving to the speed limit and the conditions.

Every death on our roads is preventable. We cannot accept that death or serious injury is an inevitable consequence of having a road transport system, and it is imperative we take all necessary steps to prevent any further crashes – every life matters.

To achieve Vision Zero, we need to design and maintain a safe road system with appropriate speed limits, while promoting responsible driving behaviours and safer vehicle choices.

A safe transport system requires responsible road user behaviour, but also makes allowance for human error and recognises that there are limits to the forces that humans can withstand in a crash.

The Safe System approach relies on – safe speeds, road safety, safe vehicles, as well as safe people and safe behaviours. 

Community Engagement

The ACT Government regularly initiates trials and changes to road rules that aim to increase the safety for all road users, and the community is engaged throughout the journey by use of media campaigns and consultation activities.

Evaluations of the recent trials in motorcycle lane filtering and safe cycling reforms have included survey components that demonstrated increases in both cases to the understanding and acceptance of initiatives aimed at improving the safety of vulnerable road users.

Public involvement in the Graduated Licensing Scheme reforms is an example of the influence that community can have on the development of driver safety initiatives.  The first round of public consultation received over 4,300 submissions, and helped shape amendments to the proposal and exemption options.

Members of the community can play a key role in the speed management efforts by nominating a camera site online to address concerns about speeding in their local area. An evaluation of the ACT road safety camera program was released in 2019, and includes analysis of survey responses by community members about their attitudes to speeding and speed enforcement. 

The annual Road Safety Report Card measures progress against the Government’s road safety commitments over the previous 12 months and updates how the ACT is tracking in order to achieve Vision Zero.

2018 Road Safety Fund Grants Program

The ACT Road Safety Fund Grants program provides an opportunity for the community to help shape priorities in the ACT for improving road safety. Funding is available for a range of activities including road safety programs and rehabilitation services, road safety education and public awareness campaigns, research, road safety audits and feasibility studies into road design and construction.

Key funding priority areas of vulnerable road users, improving road safety through greater links and promotion of sustainable transport, speed management, impaired driving and young/novice drivers, riders and road users. Applications which fall under one of these strategic priority areas will be given a greater weighting than other projects.

2019 ACT Road Safety Fund Grants Program

The ACT Road Safety Fund was established in July 2015 to fund projects and initiatives related to road safety research and education and road trauma prevention, in support of the ACT Road Safety Strategy.

This year 30 applications were received from a range of organisations across the country. Seven applications were successful with a total allocation of over $300,000 to undertake projects and initiatives in the ACT that will contribute to achieving Vision Zero - no deaths or serious injuries on our roads.

The successful grant applications are listed below:

Project Name Organisation Funding Amount Description
L2P ACT Pilot Belconnen Community Service $67,375 A pilot project to deliver driving training and support for disadvantaged young learner drivers to progress from pre-learner to provisional driving. 
First Aid Training and First Aid Kits  ACT Veterans Cycling Club Inc $6,727 Providing members of the ACT Veterans Cycling Club with skills to render first aid if they are first responders on the scene of a crash on ACT and regional roads. 
Seniors Road Safety COTA ACT $20,000 Publication and distribution of the ‘ACT Older Drivers Handbook’ and ‘A Guide to getting around Canberra’, and conducting road safety community education events for older drivers, in collaboration with ANCAP. 
One Too Many PKUP Pty Ltd $47,906 A road safety public awareness campaign educating, informing and influencing Canberra night-goers about not drinking and driving and to consider a safe option for getting home. 
Road Empathy: Understanding and evaluating campaigns for behaviour change in young drivers and VRUs Swinburne University $48,188 A project to develop a campaign, targeting people between 18 – 25, to encourage shared responsibility for road safety, in particular by encouraging drivers to share the road.
Sharing the road with cyclists in the ACT Queensland University of Technology $48,639 A project to test educational approaches in the ACT that can potentially improve road user attitudes and reduce aggression toward cyclists.
The RAD program: Reducing Aggressive Driving in young people Monash University Accident Research Centre $62,963 A behavior change program aimed at reducing aggression in younger drivers.

Media release can be found here.


Our Road Safety Partners

 Partnerships with various road safety bodies and alignment with other jurisdictions ensures that work to improve road safety is much more effective.

The following links are to road safety partners and Australian jurisdictions.

The Australasian College of Road Safety is an association for individuals and organisations working in or interested in supporting road safety. The College is multi-disciplinary in its membership, and values experience as much as academic qualifications in its members.

ACT Road Safety Strategy and Action Plans

The Strategy for 2011-2020 continues this integrated approach, but with a stronger vision element based on Vision Zero, more robust application of national “safe system” principles and stronger measures to address cultural change.

The Strategy and Action Plan are also designed to support ACT implementation of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020.  The Strategy adopts and complements the principles of the National Strategy, in particular its vision, targets and focus on the safe system approach. 

Current ACT Strategy and Action Plan:

National Road Safety Strategy:

The National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 was released on 20 May 2011 by the Australian Transport Council.  For further details see the following link here