2019 Roads Congress Profiles – Road Safety

The head of the Commonwealth’s newly-created Office of Road Safety will outline the body’s goals at the ALGA National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Hanhdorf, South Australia, next week.

Gabby O’Neill began in the role on 11 November after more than six years with the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, including two years as General Manager, Road Safety. 

“Reducing road trauma is a wicked problem that no single jurisdiction can solve on its own,” she said.

“But we know there are clear differences between local governments in their understanding and action on road safety.

“Road safety is a clear priority for the Australian Government, and through the Office of Road Safety, Government is here for the long haul.”

Ms O’Neill’s presentation will take a national look at the state of road safety for local governments, and how the Office of Road Safety – which was established in July 2019 – can support local government to eliminate road trauma.

It will cover the focus and functions of the new Office, its priorities over the coming 12 months, and how they are looking to partner with local government to transform our approach to road safety in Australia.

Both the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy and the Review of National Road Safety Governance Arrangements identified the importance of local government to reducing road trauma, with local governments managing about 75 per cent of the length of Australia’s road network.

Local government are central to the next National Road Safety Strategy, which is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to create transformational change to reduce road trauma in Australia, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development said.

Drawing on the latest analysis from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics and examples from the award winners at the National Awards for Local Government, the upcoming presentation will present the case that governments can improve the safety of local roads, together.

“Together, we can work to reduce road trauma on local government roads,” Ms O’Neill added.

Read our earlier profiles here:

2019 Roads Congress Profiles – future of transport (8 November)

Telematics and research (1 November)

Technical tours (25 October)

Infrastructure and local roads funding (18 October)

Drones (11 October)

Recycled road surfaces, crumbed rubber, and the circular economy (27 September)