The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Honourable Michael McCormack MP has today unveiled the Terms of Reference for the National Road Safety Governance Review.

This review is the sixth recommendation of 12 tabled in a report produced by the Inquiry into the National Roads Safety Strategy 2011-2020 in September last year.

The Amy Gillett Foundation welcomes the release of the Terms of Reference for this Review as a promising step towards implementing more of the recommendations of the National Road Safety Inquiry.

There is a clear need to investigate, understand and improve coordination and implementation of the Safe Systems approach to addressing Road Safety across Australia.

Greater consistency in approaches to road safety will provide clarity for all Australians as well as greater safety outcomes.

It will be crucial to ensure consideration of cyclists and vulnerable road users is prioritised in this Review of Governance.

The Deputy Prime Minister said releasing the Terms of Reference demonstrates a clear commitment to reducing road trauma and lifting safety standards. A report from the review will be tabled at a meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Council in the first half of this year.

This review will map out the specific roles, responsibilities and accountabilities held across agencies and jurisdictions across all States and Territories.

Key deliverables set out in the Terms of Reference are:

• greater assistance, better coordination and enhanced leadership is required to implement the safe systems approach;
• any governance or institutional capacity barriers or gaps that are impacting the successful implementation of road safety interventions;
• provide advice on improvements to coordination, assessment and the application nationwide of road safety research; and
• opportunities for national consistency in interventions and approaches that would deliver improved road safety outcomes can be leveraged.

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