ACRS Patron: His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia


ACRS Press Release

9 Oct 2015

ARSC2015 - 650 road safety experts to gather on the Gold Coast next week

Experts from across the globe will meet on the Gold Coast next week (October 14-16) to share the latest in road safety research, polices, technologies, innovations and projects, with the aim of reducing the road toll at home and abroad.  650 road safety leaders will attend the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference being hosted by the Australasian College of Road Safety, Austroads and QUT’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q).

Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM, President of the Australasian College of Road Safety, said those attending the conference would be representatives from all areas of road safety including research, policing, education, policy and management, technology, insurance and legal organisations, advocacy - to name just a few.  “Bringing such a diversity of groups together in such a collaborative way at ARSC2015, and showcasing the latest in research, programs, technologies, innovations, and developments in the field, is one of the best actions we can take to reduce road trauma” he said.

"The annual ARSC conferences will set an extremely high standard beginning with the inaugural ARSC2015 conference next week, bringing delegates the 'best of the best' papers, project and ideas from across the region, and ensuring the benefits from the conference are felt across the breadth of our communities in the form of saved lives and injuries for generations to come". 

"The exceptionally high standard of papers and presentations has been made possible due to the collaborative nature of the College, and our primary aim of bringing all groups together to address road trauma - we thank the many hundreds of people and organsiations across our region and globally who are so graciously helping us reach this goal."

CARRS-Q Director and ARSC2015 Chair Professor Narelle Haworth said the conference was about sharing information to make roads safer and reduce road injuries and deaths.  “This conference is about taking action together, sharing the latest in research and working together to stop the deaths and serious injures that occur on our roads each and every day,” Professor Haworth said.  “With over 1200 deaths on Australian roads in the past twelve months, we can not be complacent when it comes to road safety, and we need to be doing more to protect our communities.”

Together with Austroads and CARRS-Q, the ACRS looks forward to a successful event with ARSC2015, and most importantly to this significant opportunity to bring all parties together to ensure we are all working towards the best possible outcomes for our communities.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Barry Watson, CEO, Global Road Safety Partnership Program and former Director QUT Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q)
  • Mr Gavin Smith, CEO, Robert Bosch Australia
  • Professor Brian Owler, President, Australian Medical Association
  • Professor Gerry Fitzgerald, QUT Professor of Public Health
  • General Secretary Ruth Purdie, TISPOL – European Traffic Police Network
  • Mr Mark Textor, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Crosby|Textor Group; Chairman, Amy Gillett Foundation
  • Professor James Harrison, Director, Research Centre for Injury Studies, Flinders University and Director, National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU)
About the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS):  The Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) is the region’s peak membership association for road safety professionals, advocates, and members of the public who are focused on saving lives and serious injuries on our roads.  The College provides an inclusive, collaborative environment promoting communication, networking, professionalism & advocacy across all spheres of road safety – including policy, advocacy, research, innovation, technologies, name just a few.  ACRS membership includes experts from all areas of road safety: policy makers, academics, community organisations, researchers, federal, state and local government agencies, private companies and members of the public. (

About the Australasian Road Safety Conference:  The inaugural 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference is the result of a successful merger of Australasia’s two premier road safety conferences: the Australasian College of Road Safety Conference, and the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, and is managed by the Australasian College of Road Safety.

In 2015 the Conference is co-Hosted by the Australasian College of Road Safety, Austroads, and the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q).
More information:  
Lauchlan McIntosh, ACRS National President         Mobile:  0418 424 886
Claire Howe, Executive Officer, ACRS                     Mobile:  0402 418 123

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