Australasian Road Safety Conference

Abstract & Symposium Submissions


Abstract submissions for ARSC2016 have now closed.  If you have a query about your submission, please email  We look forward to your participation!



Join us to share your knowledge & expedite road trauma reductions at the largest road safety dedicated conference in the southern hemisphere!

On this page:

  1. Submission Types
  2. Conference theme and streams
  3. Important information for authors
  4. Why you should attend – we need you!
  5. Feedback received for ARSC2015 – more reasons to attend!

Please direct any submission enquiries to the ARSC2016 Submission Managers on    mob: 0411 234 057     ph: (02) 9385 4479 or    e:

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1.     Submission types:

The submission types for the 2016 Roads Safety Conference, regardless of whether the submission is a research or practitioner paper, comprise of:

  1. Extended Abstract – Oral Presentation, or
  2. Extended Abstract – Poster (Poster Submission Guidelines), or
  3. Full Paper peer reviewed – Oral Presentation (Full Paper Template), or
  4. Full Paper peer reviewed – Poster (Full Paper Template), or
  5. Symposium Proposals – Oral Presentation.


Conference Theme and Streams

2.     Conference Theme and Streams

With a theme of “Agility, Innovation, IMPACT!”, the Conference will be a multi-disciplinary event featuring representatives from all facets of road and transport safety including research, teaching, practice and policy.

Submissions of new and innovative developments in road safety for oral presentations, poster presentations, and symposium proposals have been made under the following broad topic areas:

  • Road Safety Management: includes Practice, Policy, Enforcement, Capacity Building, Safe Mobility, Safe System Approach, Insurance, Legislation and Law, etc.;
  • Road Infrastructure (Safer Roads): includes Road Safety Barriers, Safer Roadsides, Safety Audits, iRAP, etc.;
  • Safer Vehicles: includes Crash-worthiness, ITS technology, Crash Avoidance, Autonomous Vehicles, Heavy Vehicles;
  • Road User Behaviour: includes Speed, Drink and Driving, Fatigue, Pedestrian, Cyclist and Motorcyclist Safety, Young and Older Drivers, Community, Education and Training, etc.;
  • Post-Crash Care, Data and Crash Analysis: rescue, EMS and rehabilitation, data collection and research methods, forensic crash investigation, etc.


All submissions were Peer-reviewed for acceptability for one of the following formats:

  • Extended Abstract – Oral Presentation
  • Extended Abstract – Poster Presentation
  • Full Paper peer reviewed – Oral Presentation
  • Full Paper peer reviewed – Poster


Important information for authors:

3.     Important information for authors:

a.  Mode of presentations: 

Presentations will be made in one of the following modes:

Oral paper presentation
Consists of 15-minute presentation plus 5-minutes for questions.

Poster presentation
Consists of a dedicated poster-viewing session, with author on-site (Poster Submission Guidelines).

Symposium presentation
Symposium sessions will run for 90 minutes, and will include 3-4 speakers in a symposium. These sessions will be included as part of the main conference program, and will be finalised by the conference program committee.

b.   Key dates for Extended Abstracts:

–   Extended Abstract submission opens: 1 November 2015
–   Extended Abstract submission closes: 26 Feb 2016
–   All authors advised: 15 April 2016
–   Invited Full Paper Deadline (Full Paper Template): 16 May 2016
–   Extended Abstract Revision Deadline: 30 May 2016
–   Draft Program released: May 2016
–   Deadline for speaker registration: 1 July 2016 Extended to 15 July 2016

c.   Extended Abstract assessment process: 

–   Extended Abstracts were peer-reviewed by at least two expert reviewers
–   Acceptance of Extended Abstracts were based on the assessment criteria below
–   The Scientific Committee’s decision is final

d.  Extended Abstract assessment criteria:

The criteria for evaluating abstracts included, but were not limited, to the following:

–   Contains new and novel information or new research data
–   Clarity of abstract within the  Extended Abstract
–   Relevance to practice or policy/scientific merit
–   Contribution to the Conference theme ‘Agility, Innovation, IMPACT!’
–   Interest to the audience
–   If requested by Author, extending Extended Abstract to Full Paper peer-reviewed submission
–   Whether the paper should be considered for an Award

e.   Notification of outcome:

Authors were notified of Extended Abstract acceptance and presentation type (Extended Abstract, Full Paper or Poster) commencing the week of 25 April 2016.

f.   Terms & Conditions:

The presenting author will be required to register to attend the Conference as a paid delegate no later than 1 August 2016. Failure to register may result in the submission being deleted from the Conference Program.

Neither the invitation to submit an Extended Abstract, nor the acceptance of an Extended Abstract, constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation, registration or other costs associated with the Conference. Similarly, no speaker fee will be paid to presenters.

The Conference Organisers reserve the right to allocate Extended Abstracts, Full Papers, Posters and Symposia into sessions as they see fit in accordance with the overall program objectives.

Extended Abstracts, Full Papers, Posters and Symposia that do not include all required information, or where the content is found to be unsuitable, may be rejected.

The decisions of the Conference Organisers are final.


Why you should attend:

4.     Why you should attend:

With over 600 attendees expected to participate, including the presentation of around 200 papers, the 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference is the largest dedicated road safety conference in the Asia-Pacific region – an ideal venue for all those working to reduce road trauma to present research and program results to a broad Australasian and international audience of road safety professionals and advocates.

With our rigorous and competitive review of Extended Abstracts, Full Papers and Posters, presenters, supporters and delegates are assured they are getting the ‘best of the best’ research papers, policies, policing programs, project outcomes and much more from participating in the conference.

The 2015 inaugural conference attracted 670 delegates, and ARSC2016 is expected to generate this same level of interest.  Some of the feedback from ARSC2015 is below, and you are guaranteed many opportunities to network and create new partnerships to assist you in your road safety efforts.   Delegates are again expected to include a diverse range of stakeholders, from researchers, practitioners, politicians, road safety stakeholders and students working in the behavioural sciences, to education and training, emergency services, engineering and technology, health and rehabilitation, justice and law enforcement, local state and federal governments, traffic management and vehicle safety industries – to name just a few.


Feedback from ARSC2015 – more reasons to attend ARSC2016! 

5.     Feedback from ARSC2015 – examples received….


“By any measure the Australian Road Safety Conference 2015 has been a great success.  It has drawn together people from academia, policing and law enforcement, road and network research, healthcare,  state territory and New Zealand road  and transport agencies and many subject matters experts.

The attendance by the Hon Michael McCormack MP confirms the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to road safety and the target to reduce road deaths and injuries.  Austroads has been proud to be a contributor to this event and will continue to support the ACRS in the future”.


Mr Nick Koukoulas
Chief Executive Officer




“The success of the inaugural Australasian Road Safety Conference was evident in the range and depth of the issues addressed and the wide cross-section of road safety researchers and practitioners who attended. I’m sure that the conference will continue to grow and become one of the leading events on the annual global road safety calendar”.


Dr Barry Watson FACRS
Chief Executive Officer
Global Road Safety Partnership




“This was the first conference in many years that brought together all groups and individuals interested in road safety, and it showed in the numbers of attendees, the quality of the papers and plenaries and the level of enthusiasm in interactions.    It feels like this community is ready to deal with some of the difficult issues we need to address to continuously improve road safety in Australia.”


Professor Ann Williamson
Director, Transport and Road Safety
University of New South Wales




“There were many interesting people presenting and many interested people present throughout the three days and two evenings . Surprisingly, in the crowds I did  meet many wonderful activists who are successful and inspiring in the field if road safety.
Gavin Smith, Barry Watson and Brian Owler all presented excellent information in interesting styles.
The sponsorship was outstanding, & the substantial support from  Govt has secured the future of the combined meeting.””The meeting provided me with both useful data and a new optimistic view about the amazing future of road trauma prevention.”


Associate Professor Daryl Wall AM
Director, Trauma Service
Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital




“Congratulations are in order for a great conference – several people commented to me that it was one of the best ever for them.In keeping with the ‘Taking Action Together’ theme, I left feeling there was stronger support for the “sharing the road” message, not only with cyclists but also motorcyclists as well as integrating heavy vehicles. There didn’t seem to be much push back against this or “heated debates” as in the past.
Also along these lines, I thought there was less “mobility versus safety” debate, as if they are accepted now as equally important in the safe system (albeit of course a road safety audience has this bias!).   Bruce Corben, based on his and David Healy’s work, promoted the phrase “safe mobility”, which was well received.


Dr Teresa Senserrick
Associate Professor, Transport & Road Safety
University of New South Wales




“I was particularly impressed with some of the work being done at the local government level in relation to Safe System solutions. Municipalities are smaller than the large government agencies and hence can be a “lot nimbler on their feet”.  They can change direction more easily and swiftly.”


Mr David Healy FACRS
Independent Road Safety Consultant




“From Austrade’s perspective the inaugural Australasian Road Safety Conference was a resounding success. It was great to witness the diverse work underway in the domestic and international road safety space, as well as the energy and enthusiasm applied to the important work done in bringing down levels of road trauma. It really showcased the Australian capabilities across the spectrum and set a high standard for ARSC rounds to come.”
“We were able to meet with a lot of key stakeholders in the international road safety area over the three days and would now like to maintain a dialogue with the hope being that we can explore some of the opportunities to leverage Australia’s key competencies in road safety.”


Mr Farley Brewer
Trade Advisor – Infrastructure
Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)




“Research is smart people talking about clever ideas. But it’s only when researchers join with industry, government and communities that these clever ideas will work to keep us safe on the roads.  ARSC2015 provided an excellent forum to share clever ideas, start new conversations and strengthen collaborations”.


Dr Marilyn Johnson
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Transport Studies
Monash University





“Throughout the 2015 event the tragedy, scale and burden of severe injury from road crashes was clear.  Whilst we are making progress in reducing fatalities, the tragic consequences of trauma are still high – and this is where most of the cost of road trauma sits.  Coupled with the UN Global Goal to halve road deaths and injuries by 2020, we are getting closer to joining the dots between the costs of road trauma and the solutions – as shown by TAC and ACC investment in road safety, amongst others.
The productive partnerships across all 5 Pillars of road safety was impressive and noticed by many international delegates who struggle to achieve this level of cooperation in their own countries.But, there is still a long way to go – not to mention the international challenges in India, Asia and the Pacific shared by the World Bank and others.
So many great initiatives, ideas and evidence based-research shared at the conference that just need to be scaled up to make an impact. With the UN level support, and a great new federal Minister responsible for Road Safety, now is our time to challenge the status quo, and act at a whole new level of impact – and then share our success at the 2016 ARSC event in Canberra in September 2016 with its focus on Agility, Innovation and Impact”


Mr Rob McInerney FACRS
Chief Executive Officer
International Road Assessment Program (iRAP)