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ARSC2016 Post-conference Wrap-up

To all ARSC2016 Delegates & Supporters - your post-event summary is here!

Thank you so much for bringing your support to ARSC2016 held 6-8 September 2016 in Canberra.  We followed up on our inaugural event, ARSC2015, in style, bringing around 600 delegates together for 3 days to combat road trauma.  Here is your ARSC2016 post-event Wrap-up, with our aim being to keep you up to date with progress as we head towards ARSC2017 to be held in Perth next October.  
ARSC2016: A message from the Inviting Partners

A sincere thank you from the ARSC2016 Inviting Partners 


What a fantastic experience last week's conference was! Thanks to the support from 600 delegates and more than 40 sponsors, exhibitors and supporters, Australasia’s second Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC2016) was again a phenomenal success!   The 200+ papers and posters, workshops & symposia, keynotes, invited speakers & panellists ensured there was something for everyone in our combined efforts to drive down road deaths and injuries.
This increasing interest coincides with an increased commitment from our leaders and stakeholders across the road safety community towards reversing the alarming rising trend in road trauma.  We were delighted that Australia’s federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport,
Hon Darren Chester, delivered a comprehensive Call to Action, from his position as a Federal Cabinet minister as well as a road user and father.

Many authors, presenters, delegates and exhibitors contributed ideas, processes and products to make specific improvements in the task of reducing road trauma and we will be preparing a summary of the key actions to encourage implementation.

We are all committed to getting Australia's road safety performance level back into the top ten in the world during the UN Decade for Action for Road Safety 2010-2020.  If we continue at our current road trauma levels, an estimated 500,000 people will be injured or killed in road crashes between now and 2030.  That is an estimated $450 billion of avoidable costs in Australia alone that will fall on our health, social welfare, community and business sectors. A cost the country cannot afford and we must invest now to ensure it is reduced. Last year we endorsed a commitment to “Trauma Free Roads” - we must continue that commitment along with a further commitment to ensuring a Safe System that meets the needs of all road users.
At the Conference last week,
Professor Ann Williamson, Director of Transport and Road Safety Research at the University of New South Wales, was recognised for outstanding work with the prestigious 2016 ACRS Fellowship, presented by Hon Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.  This is Australasia's highest honour for an outstanding road safety advocate - a well-deserved congratulations to Professor Williamson who joins an elite group of experts awarded the honour of ACRS Fellowship since 1991.

The Conference Dinnner was also an opportunity to recognise a team within the Northern Territory Government who were rewarded for their project showing exemplary innovation and effectiveness to save lives and injuries on roads. The DriveSafe NT Remote project, led by
Team Leader Wayne Buckley , is being delivered by the Northern Territory Government to expedite road trauma reductions among indigenous communities, and was awarded the Grand Prize of a trip to USA during the ARSC2016 conference dinner.  4 Highly Commended projects were also recognised.

This year the conference implemented a Low and Middle Income Country Scholarship Program to enable 9 participants from 7 Countries to attend ARSC2016.  This was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Australian Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP). We were also delighted to be able to offer 2 scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community representatives to attend ARSC2016 – again thanks to the generosity of the GRSP.
There was a pre-conference round table meeting with Minister Chester with leaders of some of the non-government organisations and relevant academic institutions where the Minister sought advice on potential solutions to reduce trauma - and most importantly to discuss why we are seeing this alarming rise in the road trauma rates. He advised he would pass the information on to State Ministers and officials and would extend the round table process over the next year.  We look forward to bringing you further progress updates on the Minister's leadership over the next 12 months, and look forward to an update on progress at ARSC2017.

Our broader communities need to embrace the same vision as the road safety community; no one should die in road crashes. The United Nations has a goal to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020 (a Herculean task), and unfortunately despite our good performance in reducing trauma the past, Australia’s target is for a 30% reduction in this current decade.  While such targets may be seen as aspirational by many, there is no reason why we can’t all take ownership and make a concerted effort to achieve them.

ARSC2016 Video - The reality of 100 additional deaths per year

We hope that the ARSC2016 is helping to meet these goals, and we aim to build on this momentum with future Australasian Road Safety Conferences.  We have sent all delegates a survey to help us learn from you on how we can improve for next year.
Please join us in Perth in October 2017 to help us all to maintain this positivity and momentum - there is so much more that all of us are capable of, especially when we are working in a collaborative and supportive environment such as the one evident at ARSC2016. 

We look forward to seeing you all next year for
ARSC2017 in Perth!



Feedback - examples received so far....

"Congratulations to the Australasian College of Road Safety, Austroads and The George Institute for Global Health for hosting such an impressive and important gathering of road safety professionals. 

Thank you for taking the time to be here this week to contribute to this national conversation on road safety.  Thank you for your years of hard work—your tireless efforts in the past to reduce the number of road deaths and serious injuries.

Most of all, thank you for the work you are going to do in the future.  If we are going to achieve our mutual goals to save lives and reduce serious injuries we are going to have to work together.  It is important work, and you will be making a difference."

Hon Darren Chester
Federal (Australian) Minister
Infrastructure and Transport


"Thanks for the great team work from so many, in so many different locations, who brought together all the factors which gave us such a productive and constructive event.

Congratulations especially to Professor Anne Williamson, now a College Fellow; and to the NT team led by Wayne Buckley, winners of the 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award.

I was honoured to welcome on behalf of the College delegates not only Australasia but also from our region and the world. We have a serious and tragic task to reduce road trauma. I was encouraged by the diverse range of solutions presented and discussed as well as by the enthusiasm and collaboration demonstrated by our special guests, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors."

Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM
Australasian College of Road Safety


"Thanks for the great conference the ARSC2016 team put together.   The numbers were excellent, the topics help stimulate new thinking, and the venue worked well. 

A side benefit was that a number of people who, in the normal course events have little to do with Commonwealth agencies, had some useful interactions."

Mr Nick Koukoulas
Chief Executive Officer


"Well done to everyone on the recent conference. While I was sad to miss it, I got a great sense of its reach and impact through all the communications and social media presence. The conference is truly becoming a major event on the global road safety calendar."

Dr Barry Watson FACRS
Chief Executive Officer
Global Road Safety Partnership


"What a wonderful conference and what a great success. I think it really raised the bar again for our Australasian conference, and it was terrific to get such high level support from all the agencies involved, including the Australian Federal Government.
Huge thanks of course to all the ARSC2016 committee members who worked tirelessly and paid attention to every detail, especially around the peer review system and the international committee. The new peer-review system worked very well, with better outcomes and less effort for reviewers which is an excellent outcome.  The range of international scholars and Indigenous representatives also added to the breadth of discussion." 

Professor Rebecca Ivers
Director, Injury Division
Professor of Public Health, The University of Sydney
Professor, Flinders University

The George Institute for Global Health


"Please accept my best wishes on the quality of the meeting and the excellent leadership evident.   It was a privilege to have participated."

Dr John Crozier FRACS
Executive Committee Chair
Trauma Committee - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 


"Thank you to the ACRS head office team, Austroads, Eric, Rebecca and the myriad supporters who helped make this conference such a success! The status of road safety on everyone's agenda has undoubtedly been greatly enhanced by ARSC2016 as the premier road safety conference in Australasia.

As Rebecca noted in her closing remarks, the inclusion of indigenous representatives, attendees from neighboring countries, the strengthening ties with entities such as the World Bank, GRSP and IRAP have all helped to ensure an increasingly inclusive and internationally networked event.  
Well done!"

Mr David Healy FACRS
Independent Consultant
David Healy Consulting



The Wrap! - A Quick Guide to the ARSC2016 outcomes - the take home messages

Some common themes ran throughout the conference, with the following identified as most urgent/relevant to the wider road safety community:
  • Federal Minister provided a new enthusiasm and a Call to Action to combat the rising trauma.  The Minister is keen to hear from all stakeholders and plans to meet with State Ministerial Colleagues and officials and with many others in the road safety arena to progress urgent actions.  It was particularly heartening to hear that our Federal leader intends to make a difference in his roles both as a Cabinet Minister and a father.
  • The Minister asked in his address 'if you were Minister, what would you do?' - Lauchlan McIntosh's response (President, ACRS) - 'Exactly what you are doing'.
  • There's a great deal of excellent work taking place to reduce road trauma across our region and internationally in a range of areas, and forums such as ARSC2016 are prime examples of where we can celebrate and build on these successes. 
  • It is extremely important that we do not lose focus on the excellent work we've done and are doing. Without this we would be in a much worse position.  However we must not lose focus.
  • We are in a very concerning situation at present, experiencing a significant and alarming rise in road trauma - for the first time going over and above the target set out in Australia's National Road Safety Strategy. 
  • Death rates are on the rise, which unfortunately appears to be on a par with what is happening with other Developed countries such as USA and the UK.
  • While the available evidence is telling us that serious injuries are also on the rise, current data sources have limitations.  A new Serious Injuries Information Sheet produced by the federal Bureau of Transport, Infrastructure and Regional Economics outlines efforts currently underway to improve data for serious injury reporting. 
  • Our focus must be about tackling the problem on a scale and with a professionalism equal to the size of the problem.  We estimate around 500,000 people will be injured or killed in road crashes between now and 2030 if we do not act.  That is an estimated $450 billion of avoidable costs will fall on our health, social welfare, community and business sectors.  With the scale of the future problem identified we can start to challenge how much we are willing to invest to stop it happening and create a win-win for all.
  • We have seen a glimpse of bold new leadership and a fresh approach to the scale of our response.  This is vital! Every life saved will be worth it, every hospital bed freed up will make a difference, every business spared the death or injury of a worker, every family spared the tragic consequences of road trauma.  
  • The United Nations Global Goal to halve deaths and injuries by 2020 will require jurisdictions and lead agencies to review existing targets and the scale of the response - urgently.
  • Technological advances remain an unstoppable wave – for all vehicles, data collectors and in enforcement . The potential contribution in collision avoidance, enhanced behavioral monitoring and control and improved efficiency across transport modes have potential to bring major trauma reductions.
  • As a result we are moving rapidly from our relatively new concept of a Safe System to a more Complex and Dynamic System of road safety management.  We must be able to evolve quickly within the Complex Systems of the future.
  • The positive mood of the delegates at the Conference translates into enhanced motivation of delegates and hence their organisation or specialty to work more closely together in the task to reduce road trauma.
  • We must continue our commitment to creating collaborative, productive partnerships between all sectors of road safety to achieve best possible outcomes.  As was evident at ARSC2016, forums such as this are crucial to the success of our many programs.
  • As we meet the challenge in Australasia, the need to play a supporting role and learn from others throughout the Asia Pacific region where 60% of global road deaths occur is also a priority and an opportunity.
  • Our regional support for the aims of the UN Decade of Action continue to be be underpinned by our Australian and New Zealand National Road Safety Strategies, and this year were strengthened with the inclusion of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) Scholarships and Indigenous community Scholarships.
  • We need to be mindful of the shifting transport and energy needs in an increasingly urbanised society and develop infrastructure that incorporates and promotes safe active (cyclists, pedestrians) and public transport.
  • We must continue to celebrate our successes - it is important to take stock of how far we have come whilst maintaining our efforts to reach zero.
Above all, we must continue to strive for greater Agility, Innovation, & IMPACT!


Thanks - to our political leaders

ARSC2016.  It is heartening for all those working to reduce road trauma to know that our political leaders are the driving force behind the overall management and strategy of road trauma reduction, and are both supportive and appreciative of our combined efforts.We greatly appreciate the federal and state politicians who were able to participate in

In particular we would like to thank the following politicians:

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Hon Darren Chester
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport



In an inspirational address to 550 delegates gathered for the ARSC2016 Conference Dinner in the Great Hall at Australia's Parliament House (7 Sept 2016), Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Hon Darren Chester, issued a "Call to Action" to reverse the rising trend in road trauma.


We would like to sincerely thank the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Hon Darren Chester, for joining us at ARSC2016.  Minister Chester, whose responsibilities include road safety, joined delegates at the ARSC2016 Conference Dinner last Thursday evening, and helped to congratulate our outstanding ACRS Award recipients (ACRS Fellowship & 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Awards) for their leadership in driving down road trauma. 

A snapshot of Minister Chester's inspirational speech is as follows:

"We have a public health crisis which is claiming more than 1200 lives and seriously injuring tens of thousands of Australians each year.

It's costing the community in the order of $30 billion and unimaginable personal suffering through grief and a lifetime of regrets.

The impact it has on our first responders: the ambulance officers, police, fire brigade, State Emergency Services—is impossible to measure.

There was a 10.3 per cent increase in road deaths over the past 12 months and hardly anyone has noticed in the community or in the mainstream media.

Personally, it worries me that we have almost become accepting of deaths and serious injuries as a price we have to pay for a modern transport system.

After decades of consistent improvements in road safety and reductions in road trauma, the past two years has presented some alarming figures.

After being among the world leaders, if there was an Olympic Games for road safety in 2016, Australia wouldn't win a medal.

The latest BITRE (Federal government) data should serve as a call to action for us all—we are not on target to reach the National Road Safety Strategy targets and we are failing in our efforts to keep Australians safe on our roads".

Find more information as follows:

Senator for the ACT

ARSC2016 delegates were honoured to listen to a Keynote Address given by Senator Katy Gallagher during the opening plenary session of ARSC2016.  The Senator's evocative and hearfelt address reminded all attendees of the reason we work in road safety and continue to strive so hard to reduce road trauma.

In Senator Gallagher's words, 


'...behind each single one of those numbers is a person, a person who is loved by someone, who has a family, who has a life....never, ever forget the human side to the ''road toll''.'

'Let me move on from being a politician to someone who has been affected by road trauma. I don't talk about this often, and I've never really discussed it in terms of the work that I've done...and it's almost 20 years ago now.  It's only now that I really feel able to speak about it publicly because it has been such a difficult thing'

'Perhaps it's wrong for me to stand here today and concentrate on how my life was changed that day, for at least I had my life.  Unlike my partner, and unlike the father of my first child who is now 19 years old.  He lost his life that day.  A hot summer's day back in 1997.

'And I still remember that day like it was yesterday.  In fact writing my notes yesterday I could remember everything about that day - the heat, the wind, the smell of the sea, all of those things imprinted on my conscious by grief and trauma destined never to leave me it seems.....' (continued in video).



We are deeply appreciative of Senator Gallagher being able to join us at ARSC2016 and especially having the courage and strength to be able to share her story with us.  The legacy from the Senator's speech is that it will continue to raise awareness of the ripple effects of road trauma across the political spectrum as well as the broader community. The ripple effects that are felt over many years and generations.

View the Complete Video of Senator Gallagher's Keynote Speech here.


ACT Minister for Road Safety

Mr Shane Rattenbury MP
Minister for Road Safety
Australian Capital Territory
Delegates were delighted to be joined by the Australian Capital Territory's first ever Road Safety Minister, Mr Shane Rattenbury MP, who outlined road safety arrangements in Canberra. 

Minister Rattenbury outlined the issues in the ACT in terms of road trauma, and summarised the ACT Road Safety Action Plan 2016-2020:


Thanks - to our Keynotes, invited speakers and panellists (plus summaries of these sessions)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our exemplary keynotes, invited speakers and panellists, who provided us with such engaging and informative plenary sessions.  The calibre of these experts led to strong attendance at plenary sessions.  It was great to see the engagement of the audience as evidenced by their questions, tweets and feedback to organisers:
  • The Hon Darren Chester MP – Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
  • The Hon Shane Rattenbury MLA – ACT Minister for Road Safety
  • Dr Soames Job BA, PhD, GAICD, FACRS – Global Road Safety Lead, World Bank (Washington DC)
  • Dr Mary Lydon – Chief Scientific Advisor, ARRB
  • Mr Ken Kroeger – Chief Executive Officer, Seeing Machines
  • Senator Katy Gallagher – Senator for the Australian Capital Territory
  • The Hon Shane King MP – QLD State Member for Kallangur
  • Professor Mark Stevenson FACRS – Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Sarah Jones – Group Manager for Road Transport Compliance, Toll Group
  • Mr David Bobbermen – Program Manager Safety, Austroads
  • Ms Wendy Machin – Chair, Australasian New Car Assessment Program
  • Assistant Commissioner John Hartley APM – Commander, NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command
  • Professor Ann Williamson – Director, Transport and Road Safety Research, University of New South Wales
  • Mr Sal Petroccitto – Chief Executive Officer, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
  • Mr Adrian Beresford-Wylie – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Local Government Association
  • Ms Marg Prendergast – Coordinator General, CBD, Transport for NSW
  • Associate Professor Teresa Senserrick – Transport and Road Safety Research, University of New South Wales
  • Mr Eric Howard – Principal, Whiting Moyne
  • Sergeant David Stoker – Senior Crash Analyst, Forensic Crash Unit, Queensland Police
Please find powerpoints from these sessions as follows:
  • Nick Koukoulas, CEO, Austroads (PPT)
  • The Hon Shane Rattenbury MLA, ACT Minister for Road Safety (PPT)
  • Dr Soames Job BA PhD GAICD FACRS, Global Road Safety Lead, World Bank (Washington DC) (PPT)
  • Dr Mary Lydon, Chief Scientific Advisor, ARRB (PPT)
  • Mr Ken Kroeger, Chief Executive Officer, Seeing Machines (PPT)
  • Professor Mark Stevenson FACRS, Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health, University of Melbourne (PPT)
  • Dr Sarah Jones, Group Manager for Road Transport Compliance, Toll Group (PPT)
  • Mr David Bobbermen, Program Manager Safety, Austroads (PPT)
  • Assistant Commissioner John Hartley APM, Commander, NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command (PPT)
  • Professor Ann Williamson FACRS, Director, Transport and Road Safety Research, University of New South Wales (PPT)
  • Mr Geoff Casey, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (PPT)
  • Mr Adrian Beresford-Wylie, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Local Government Association (PPT)
  • Ms Marg Prendergast, Coordinator General, CBD, Transport for NSW (PPT)
If you would like copies of any other Papers or Powerpoint Presentations, please contact Christine Bethwaite at ACRS on faa@acrs.org.au.  


Summaries - Workshop/Symposia

The diverse selection of workshops and symposia provided the audience with thought-provoking presentations, lively discussions, and commitment to creating new networks and collaborations.  Thanks to our key workshop organisers, we have now received several of the workshop/symposia summaries as per below:
  1. Educators Workshop - (Summary - prepared by Laurelle Tunks)
  2. Policing Workshop - (Summary - prepared by Petra Wiesner)
  3. The Real Cost of Serious Injury - (Summary - prepared by Jude Williams )
  4. Gruen Transfer: The Road Safety Pitch - A fresh lens on road safety - (Summary - prepared by Marilyn Johnson/Kate Mckevitt)
  5. Applying Australia's approach to road safety in Low and Middle-Income Countries - (Summary - prepared by Lori Mooren)
  6. Building Capacity for Road Safety and Taking Responsibility - (Summary - prepared by Lauchlan McIntosh)
  7. Driver Licensing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People; Challenges and Opportunities - (Summary - prepared by Rebecca Ivers)
  8. Supporting Organisations to Encourage Safe Mobile Phone Use by Workers Whilst Driving - (Summary - prepared by Jerome Carslake)
  9. Road Safety's Family Feud - (Summary - coming soon)
  10. Safe System Transformation for Pedestrians - (Summary - prepared by Hafez Alazi)
  11. Autonomous, semi-autonomous and existing vehicles: What will be the impact on road safety results and when? - (Summary - prepared by Lauchlan McIntosh)
  12. The MUARC-TAC Enhanced Crash Investigation Study: Early findings from the case and control data - (Summary - prepared by Michael Fitzharris)
  13. Embracing Safety – Road Safe: Worker Safe - (Summary - coming soon)

Further summaries will be provided to you as soon as they become available.

Early Career Professionals Event - a resounding success!

What does a Road Safety Officer do? How do I make a car bridge using only straws and sticky tape?  Who makes a successful road safety researcher? How do you fit a car seat for a mobility-impaired child? Who are you, and what do you do?  These were five of the big questions that were addressed at the inaugural Early Career Professionals Event held at the Road Safety Conference in Canberra.
35 early career professionals with a road safety background converged on the event. The backgrounds of the early career professionals included academic researchers, traffic police, local government employees, medical doctors and mobile app developers.
The focus of the event was to bring together people at a similar stage of their career (that is, somewhere near the beginning) and allow them to introduce themselves. Along the way, they had a bit of fun and (hopefully) learnt something new about road safety.


Early career professionals smiling for the camera

Meeting new friends in the Road Safety Community

The main aim of the event was to meet a new friend or six. This was encouraged by allocating people into groups and asking them to come up with a research proposal that captured the skills of everyone in the group. My group came up with an idea to study the benefits (the researchers) of using a fleet of Uber like drivers (the app developer) to act in a pseudo-ambulance capacity (a medical doctor interested in primary at-scene care) for those injured in Sri Lankan traffic crashes (where two people were from). As an idea it may not receive funding from any agency, but I remember what the people on my table did and where they were from.
To help recognise each other at the conference proper, participants were issued with a cool little sticker to put on their conference name badges. In the following days at the conference a mini secret society seemed to exist – if you saw someone with the little sticker you could nod knowingly toward them (and then strike up a conversation).


Check out the name badges with their attached 'secret society' sticker

Tea, coffee, croissants and fruit were the beverages and foodstuffs that fuelled the afternoons activities and the conversations. They must have worked, because a lot of conversation was had over these nourishing morsels during the afternoon tea break.

Having a bit of fun

The participants, again allocated into groups, were issued with a roll of sticky tape, a pack of drinking straws and a pair of scissors and told to build a bridge to hold a (heavy) roadway and a matchbox car. To the surprise of some, and the expectations of others, a few of the bridges actually held up! A special prize went to the group that decorated their successful bridge with the flag of the Road Safety Conference. While the rest of the workshop helped build metaphorical bridges in the road safety community, this particular session aimed at the more literal interpretation of bridge building.

The bridges were built literally (above) and metaphorically (below)


Learning something new

To break up the time spent meeting new people and consuming afternoon tea, there were three guest speakers at the event.  Jo Wilson-Ridley from Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (in the ACT) spoke about her role as a road safety officer in her current and former regional councils. She talked about the people she had to interact with on a day-to-day basis and the challenges she faced in, for example, coordinating the installation of new infrastructure. Pleasingly, a few people approached Jo after the event to discuss the realities of what a career as a road safety officer might look like as they transition out of student life.

Professor Paul Salmon from the University of the Sunshine Coast gave his to 10 tips for being a successful researcher. One of the tips was that we should know and record our impact: that is how society has changed because of our research.  For a new researcher, it was pretty inspiring stuff and gave a lot of really useful information that is not talked about enough.

Jes Chalmers described her work as the general manager of KidSafe ACT. She has had bucket loads of experience across the organisation. She showed immense pride in her detailed work with children who have special needs for their car seat designs. It was plainly clear that she makes a genuinely positive contribution to the lives of the people she is able to help out.  


(Clockwise from top left) Jes, Jo and Paul


We would like to say a big thank you to:

  • The ACT Government for supporting the idea financially
  • The guest speakers for their excellent presentations
  • Eric Chalmers for the ACT chapter of the ACRS for helping organise some of the guest speakers
  • The participants for joining in the activities and making the day really great

Next year

We want to do it again next year. It was a great event with lots of new people introduced to each other and chatting during the conference. Next year in Perth there will be another mini-secret society of name-badge sticker-wearers because we want to hold another event with a similar focus; meeting some new people, having a bit of fun, and learning something new.

For further information please download the ECP Event Summary here, or contact the organiser:
Dr Jeffrey Dutschke
Research Fellow
The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005
Tel: +61 (0)8 8313 7299

Post-event Survey - helping us to keep improving and give you what you need!

ARSC2016 Post-Conference Delegate Survey

Thank you so much for joining us at ARSC2016 in Canberra - we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did! Thank you for helping to ensure we continue to make an impact on road trauma reductions in the very best way possible by providing feedback on ARSC2016, the 2nd conference in our series.  You have let us know your thoughts on what aspects of ARSC2016 you most enjoyed, as well as those areas which have the potential to be improved - helping us to make ARSC2017 even better!  

A selection of the preliminary survey results are provided in the charts below.  A comprehensive summary has been provided to ARSC organisers, hosts and Platinum Partners in order to underpin continued momentum with this conference series - and therefore best road trauma reduction outcomes:


Thank you for helping us to improve future events!
If you need a memory jogger, please download the ARSC2016 Program and Workshop/Symposia Program below.


Photos - memories of a fantastic event!
Please find below a selection of photos from ARSC2016 in Collage format.  The professional photos are now available on the College Flickr Account.


Visit the ACRS Flickr Account to view the professional photos.


ACRS Awards - Fellowship & 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award Winners

2016 ACRS Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Professor Ann Williamson


Congratulations to leading road safety advocate, Professor Ann Williamson, Director, Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, who was presented with the prestigious 2016 ACRS Fellowship at last night’s glittering ACRS Award Ceremony at Australia’s Parliament House.  The ceremony took place in front of 550 of Australasia’s foremost road safety professionals and advocates, and is deserved recognition of Professor Williamson’s profound commitment to the reduction of road trauma.

The award was presented by Hon Darren Chester, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and ACRS President Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM, during the 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC2016).


From left: Mr Lauhlan McIntosh AM, Professor Ann Williamson FACRS,
Hon Darren Chester MP (Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport)

In detailing the award, ACRS President Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM, said “Professor Williamson continues to be an outstanding advocate for road safety both in our region and internationally.

"Professor Williamson has contributed enormously to excellence in road safety research and to providing a strong evidence base for effective road safety interventions. Her dedication to developing and sharing road safety knowledge has been shown through her tireless efforts to work collaboratively in the field with various injury prevention and accident research centres and researchers who work in the field of road safety".

Professor Williamson was the founding Director of the Injury Risk Management Research Centre and the Transport and Road Safety Research Centre and is Australia’s leading expert on driver fatigue and heavy vehicle safety.

Professor Williamson’s personal commitment has seen her contribute her own time to various road safety and injury prevention committees and to State and Federal Parliamentary road safety inquiries. She regularly engages with media on a range of road safety topics as an independent expert voice to help reduce road trauma. Professor Williamson has also contributed greatly to the development of the field through teaching, including PhD supervision.

“It is an honour to be awarded the ACRS Fellowship and I look forward to continuing to support the great work of the College as we aim to halve road deaths and injuries by 2020”, Professor Williamson said

With the 2016 award, Professor Williamson joins an elite group of eminent road safety professionals who have all been bestowed the honour of an ACRS Fellowship.  The College first instituted the award of Fellow in 1991 to enable colleagues to nominate a person recognised by their peers as outstanding in terms of their contributions to road safety. 

2016 ACRS Fellowship Award

Grand Prize Winner (Trip to USA!): Mr Wayne Buckley
DriveSafe NT Remote Project - Northern Territory Government

2016 3M-ACRS Award - Introductory Video


A program to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to obtain their drivers licence has taken out Australasia’s premier road safety award recognising exemplary innovation and effectiveness to save lives and injuries on roads. The DriveSafe NT Remote project, led by Team Leader Wayne Buckley, is being delivered by the Northern Territory Government to expedite road trauma reductions among indigenous communities. 

The award was presented by the Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM, President of the Australasian College of Road Safety, and Mr Cade Turner representing 3M Australasia.  The award ceremony was attended by over 550 of Australasia’s foremost road safety professionals and advocates last night at Australia’s Parliament House.

Minister Chester congratulated this year’s award winners on their contribution to improving driver safety around the nation.  “This year’s winners and finalists are doing an incredible job of reducing the national road toll and deserve our sincere congratulations on the valuable work they are doing every day,” Mr Chester said.
“There are many elements which must be brought together if we are to achieve a reduction in our national road toll – everything from new vehicle technology and improved driver education and skills, through to better road design and more investment in our infrastructure.
“Each of this year’s finalists and winners demonstrate the personal commitment we so badly need to help bring down the rate of death and injury happening on our roads every year. Their contribution is valuable – and above all – valued.”


Clockwise from top:
Grand Prize winner Mr Wayne Buckley with Highly Commended winners; 
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Hon Darren Chester MP;
Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM
(ACRS), Mr Wayne Buckley (Grand Prize Winner),
Mr Cade Turner (3M),  Hon Darren Chester MP 


ACRS President, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM, said “Our 2016 winner, represented by Wayne Buckley from the Northern Territory Government, demonstrates an effective and innovative approach to a complex issue – in this specific case road trauma reduction among our indigenous communities. 

“The program was set up by the Northern Territory (NT) Government in 2012 across 23 remote communities to address the barriers that prevent Aboriginal people living in remote communities from accessing the licensing system.
“In the NT, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 84 per cent of the prison population. Driving and vehicle regulatory offences account for a quarter of the entire population being in jail.

“DriveSafe NT Remote is a fresh policy perspective on driver education. The program provides an innovative and sustainable solution to the complex, multi-causal and interdependent barriers to getting a driver licence in the bush.
“Since the inception of the program in 2012, the small team of five dedicated officers from the Department of Transport has delivered 3433 learner licences, 1086 provisional licences, 1164 birth certificates and 2103 driving lessons. Over the past year alone the service delivery footprint increased from 42 remote communities to 74 remote and dispersed communities receiving driver education and licensing services.

Judges considered the specific features of the many projects submitted, particularly in terms of innovation in thinking and technology, problem-solving as well as the real benefits in reducing trauma. Cost-effectiveness and transferability to other areas were other key criteria.

Finalists for this hotly-contested award came from many areas.  These included new ideas and actions from local and state government groups, collaborative programs led by local and regional police groups, individuals passionately pursuing specific projects to reduce risk, industry associations and transport companies implementing programs with targets to ensure safe operations, news programs, and specific education for specialist groups.  These are just a few examples of the successful projects awarded as Finalists (26 in total) and Highly Commended (4) winners this year.

Highly Commended winners for 2016 include:

  • Mr Alan Hay  - Boylan Group - A compendium of front line road and workzone safety solutions  
  • Queensland PCYC - Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association  - Braking the Cycle 
  • Ms Lisa Bagnati - Moonee Valley City Council - Better Moves Around Schools 
  • Mr Andrew Houston - Johnson & Johnson - SAFE Fleet Program – Drivers around the world return home safely at the end of each day 

“In 2010, 3M took the pledge of the Decade of Action for Road Safety, and it was clear that we could do more”, said Cade Turner, Sales & Marketing Manager, 3M Australia.

“Our commitment to improving, protecting and saving lives extends far beyond our products and technologies. We are a company driven by the passion to improve every life through our unique approach to innovation. 

"This award is modelled on that process - creating an environment where innovative ideas can come together, be shared, collaborated, celebrated, and most importantly, replicated in other regions or capacities to make a much bigger impact on road safety.” 

As the winning team leader, Wayne Buckley will travel to the USA to attend the 47th ATSSA Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in 2017, and will also visit 3M Global Headquarters in Minnesota.


ARSC Conference Awards - Congratulations to our outstanding authors & presenters!


Peter Vulcan Award for Best Research Paper
$1000 prize plus certificate

Winner: Stuart Newstead

Monash University Accident Research Centre
Interim Evaluation of the Victorian Safer Road Infrastructure Program Stage 3 (SRIP3)


Road Safety Practitioners Award
$1000 prize plus certificate

Winner: Angela Crean & Adam Francis
New Zealand Transport Agency
Innovative Weather-Activated Variable Speed Sign Trial - a first for road safety in New Zealand

Best Paper by a New Researcher Award
$1000 prize plus certificate

Winner: Alexandra Hall
Neuroscience Research Australia
Qualitative Consumer Input for Enhancing Child Restraint Product Information to Prevent Misuse

Road Safety Poster Award
$500 prize plus certificate

Winner: Ranmalee Eramudugolla
Centre for Research on Ageing, Health, and Wellbeing, Australian National University
Validation of a virtual driver assessment tool for older drivers

Conference Theme Award
$500 prize plus certificate

Winner: Julie Hatfield
(Accepted on Julie's behalf by Professor Raphael Grzebieta)
Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research Centre, UNSW
The Safest System: Preventing crashes by preventing errors

Best Paper by a New Practitioner Award
$1000 plus certificate

Winner: Haris Zia
Abley Transportation Consultants
An Automated Process of Identifying High-Risk Roads for Speed Management Intervention
Thank you to our Conference Awards Sponsor:


Best Paper with Implications for Improving Workplace Road Safety
$1000 plus certificate
Paper to be converted to an NRSPP Thought Leadership Piece & Webinar

Joint Winner: Sharon Newnam
Monash University Accident Research Centre
Identifying the organisational determinants of work related road traffic injury

Joint Winner: Amanda Warmerdam
Monash University Accident Research Centre
Best practice versus "in practice": insights into Improving Austrlian Industry Road Safety management

Thank you to our NRSPP Award Sponsor:


Policing Practitioner’s Paper award
$1000 plus certificate

Winner: Nils van Lamoen
New Zealand Police
The development of an intelligence-based deployment model to enhance Road Policing service delivery: A case study

Thank you to our Policing Award Sponsor:

Congratulations to our outstanding authors and presenters!


LMIC Scholarship News - Meet the LMIC Scholarship Awardees

The Governments of Australia and New Zealand, together with all road safety stakeholders, maintain a firm commitment to the aims of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.  Following the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Brazil in November 2015, the resulting adoption of the ‘Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety‘ offers renewed impetus for governments to work together to achieve the ambitious target outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to halve road traffic deaths and injuries by 2020.

The ARSC2016 International sub-Committee was delighted to be able to offer multiple scholarships to support participants from regional Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) to participate in ARSC2016.  The formation  of these scholarships is in direct response to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.  All participants, speakers, organisers and supporters of the Australasian Road Safety Conference series support these global aims, specifically to increase the road trauma reduction capacity of every country.
Mr Pagna Kim – Cambodia
Mr Kamran ul Baset – Bangladesh
Mr Ahsan Ul Haq Kayani – Pakistan
Mr Agah Muhammad Mulyadi – Indonesia
Ms Writu Bhatta – Nepal
Mr Amrit Banstola – Nepal
Ms Socheata Sann - Cambodia
Mr Kulanthayan KC Mani – Malaysia
Mr Hassan Abdous - Iran

LMIC Scholarship Winners with Minister Darren Chester
at the ARSC2016 Conference Dinner


The LMIC Scholarships were only made possible thank to the generous support of our scholarship sponsors, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), as well as Conference Founding Partners: the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) and Austroads.



Indigenous Scholarships - Meet our Indigenous Scholarship Awardees 

2 indigenous community representatives to attend ARSC2016.  The use of GRSPs two complimentary registrations means that the following people are now able to attend the conference:
  • Brad Bliss, from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW, and 
  • Steven Smith, from Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service

Conference co-Chair Professor Rebecca Ivers with
Brad Bliss and Steven Smith, Indigenous community Scholarship Awardees

Thank you to the Global Road Safety Partnership for their support of these scholarships.

Thanks - to our Platinum Sponsor, the ACT Government
Our gratitude goes to the ACT Government who joined us as the Platinum Partner for our inaugural conference, joining us to showcase their commitment to road trauma reductions.  Without their support the conference simply would not have been possible. 
We'd especially like to thank Mr Geoff Davidson and Ms Belinda Owen from the ACT Government who helped us enormously with last minute changes and support throughout the entire organising period.  Thanks Geoff and Belinda!

Thanks - to our many Sponsors and Exhibitors

Thank you again to all of the following organisations who have taken up partnerships with the conference this year - without you the conference would not be shaping up to be such a successful event, able to save more lives and injuries on our roads:


We would also like to thank Elsevier for their complimentary advertising of ARSC2016 on ScienceDirect.
A note about Elsevier and in particular their journal 'Accident Analysis & Prevention':
Elsevier has been working with the transport community since 1967 when we launched our first transportation journal, Transportation Research. By delivering first class information and innovative tools, we continue to refine our portfolio to serve the research needs of educators, researchers and students worldwide.
Elsevier journals focusing on road safety include 
Accident Analysis & PreventionAnalytic Methods in Accident Research and the Journal of Safety Research.
For more information on Elsevier’s transportation journals, please visit 
Elsevier’s Transportation subject page. Follow us on Twitter at @Transport_Els or find us on Facebook.


Thanks - to our many ARSC2016 helpers!

To put on this successful inaugural conference, we have appreciated the huge amount of support from:
  • 100 peer-reviewers
  • 50 conference editors
  • Organising Committee – Chaired by Professor Rebecca Ivers and Mr Eric Chalmers
  • Scientific Committee – Chaired by Professor Raphael Grzebieta & Professor Ann Williamson
  • Sponsorship Committee – Chaired by Jude Williams
  • International Committee – Chaired by Lori Mooren
  • Social Committee – Chaired by Steve Lake
  • Conference Coordinators - Megan Douglas
  • & the ACRS Head Office team – Thank you everyone!!!!

Thank you to our ARSC2016 Organising Committee for their 5-star service and commitment!






Claire Howe

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Australasian College of Road Safety
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