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.
Australia’s current road toll sits at approximately 33,900 per year – this includes 1,500 deaths and 32,400 serious injuries every year. The subsequent impact on Australia’s health system and communities is enormous, with the cost in monetary terms alleged to be $27bn annually – the size of our national defence budget.
The United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 underpins Australia’s National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 (NRSS), and was recently praised by our Prime Minister as marking a ‘turning point for global road safety, (working towards) sparing people from avoidable deaths and injuries that cause so much anguish and cost for our communities’. The primary aim of the College is to improve the outcomes of the NRSS.
The College provides a rich, collaborative environment to promote communication, networking, professionalism & advocacy across all spheres of road safety – including policy, advocacy, research, application & dissemination.
Our current membership includes experts from across all areas of road safety: policy makers, academics, community organisations, researchers, federal, state and local government agencies, private companies and members of the public. We attract and retain these experts through the active and inclusive nature of our organisation, and we warmly invite all those interested in saving lives and serious injuries on our roads to be a part of our progressive organisation.
Austroads is the association of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies, with the purpose of improving Australian and New Zealand transport outcomes by:
Austroads members are collectively responsible for the management of over 900,000 kilometres of roads valued at more than $200 billion representing the single largest community asset in Australia and New Zealand. Each year in excess of $18 billion is spent on roads across Australia and New Zealand.