Australasian Road Safety Conference

Extended Abstract & Symposium Submissions are NOW CLOSED!

The 2019 Australasian Road Safety Conference Organising Committee invites Extended Abstract submissions from those interested in presenting oral papers and poster papers at the Conference.

To be selected to present you are required to submit an Extended Abstract via the Conference website. All Extended Abstracts must be submitted electronically.


 If you have a technical query about uploading your submission via the submission portal, please contact:

Prof Raphael Grzebieta

(02) 9385 4479

Submit an Abstract


Key dates for Extended Abstracts:

Extended Abstract Submission Opened – December 2019
Extended Abstract Submission Closes – 15 February 2019
Acceptances Emailed – May 2019
Draft Program Released – June 2019
Early Bird Registration Deadline – 30 June 2019
Full Papers (if accepted by Peer Reviewers) Required – 2 July 2019
Deadline for Speaker Registration: 30 June 2019

All presenters must register to attend the Conference. Acceptance of abstracts into the program is contingent upon receipt of the registration fee. Notification of abstract acceptance in May 2019 will give presenters the opportunity to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate.

If you have a query about your submission, please contact
Prof Raphael Grzebieta on or (02) 9385 4479

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 process and article types (including guides, templates and instructions)
  2. Conference theme and streams
  3. Important information for authors
  4. Why you should attend – we need you!
  5. Feedback received for ARSC2015, ARSC2016 & ARSC2017 – more reasons to attend!

Please direct any submission enquiries to the ARSC2019 Submission Managers on e:

types types:

1.     Submission process and article types:

Submission process – All authors must begin their submissions in one of two ways:

  1. Extended Abstracts – complete the online submission via Editorial Manager (Extended Abstracts) – Word Template for Extended Abstract submissions – Word2010
  2. Symposium Proposal – email the completed template directly to – Word Template for  Symposium submissions – Word2010


Extended Abstract Templates and Symposium Proposal Templates, Author Instructions and On-Line submission guides may be downloaded from the ACRS Website.

If the Extended Abstract is accepted after the first round of peer review, Authors may be provided the opportunity to expand their submission into a Full Paper for further peer review. Full papers will be limited to no more than 10 pages in length, excluding references. All Full Papers that have been peer reviewed and accepted will be HERDC compliant.

At this point Authors may choose to only submit an Extended Abstract. For example, practitioners and policy oriented Authors may prefer this more relaxed and briefer format. After the Extended Abstract has been peer reviewed and accepted, no further action from the Authors would be required in the Editorial Manager process. It should be noted that Extended Abstract that have been peer-reviewed and accepted are not HERDC compliant.

Some Authors may also choose to only present a Poster. All Poster presenters must submit an Extended Abstract.  If the Extended Abstract is accepted those Authors wanting to submit a Poster will be offered either option 2 or 4 above depending on the outcome of the peer-review process (i.e. Extended Abstract – Poster or Full Paper – Poster). Posters will be presented at the Poster session held within the exhibitor’s area and where morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch is provided.

Symposium proposals need to detail the Symposium theme/title, the background and justification for holding the Symposium and 1 to 4 committed speakers that will present at the Symposium (if the maximum of 4 speakers is proposed each will have 20 minutes for presentation including question time).  Alternative formats for the Symposium will be considered, e.g. 1 speaker and a discussion/panel session.

All speakers participating in the Symposium may submit an Extended Abstract via Editorial Manager if they choose to (not mandatory but encouraged to do so). However, they must do so by the submission deadline 15th February 2019.  Their Extended Abstract will be subjected to the same review process as all other Authors submitting an Extended Abstract if they do decided to submit one.  However, it will be up to the Symposium Chairperson whether or not a speaker can present irrespective of the outcome of the Peer Review.  The value in submitting an Extended Abstract for Peer Review is that Symposium Presenters will receive feedback from experts on their scheduled presentation. Another advantage of submitting an Extended Abstract by Symposium Presenters for Peer Review is that if the Symposium proposal is not supported by the Conference Scientific Committee, and the review outcome is positive, the Authors can choose to have their submission rescheduled to present in an alternative stream. Also a Symposium proposal will have a better chance of being accepted by the Conference Scientific Committee if presenters have submitted an Extended Abstract as this will demonstrate commitment to the proposal.


Article types – The article types for ARSC2019, regardless of whether the submission is a research or practitioner paper, comprise of:

  1. Extended Abstract – Oral Presentation, or
  2. Extended Abstract – Poster, or
  3. Symposium Proposals – Oral Presentation.

Post Peer Review of Extended Abstract – permitted to expand Extended Abstract to Full Paper:

  1. Full Paper peer reviewed – Poster, or
  2. Full Paper peer reviewed – Oral Presentation

Conference Theme and Streams

2.     Conference Theme and Streams

With a theme of “Leading the Way – Towards Zero!”, 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.

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.  Posters will be presented at the Poster session held within the exhibitor’s area and where morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch is provided. Posters presenters at prior ARSC Conferences have been very pleased, as their posters received considerable attention from all delegates, with posters viewed multiple times each day of the conference.

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 Scientific Committee for their value in regards to contribution to the Conference and Road Safety.

b.   Key dates for Extended Abstracts:

–   Extended Abstract Submission Opens: December 2018
–   Extended Abstract Submission Closes: 15 February 2019
–   All Authors Advised: May 2019
–   Extended Abstract Revision Deadline: April 2019
–   Draft Program Released: June 2019
–   Full Papers (if accepted by Peer Reviewers) Required: 2 June 2019
–   Deadline for speaker registration: 30 June 2019

c.   Extended Abstract assessment process: 

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

d.  Extended Abstract assessment criteria:

Papers will be scored by Peer Reviewers, typically out of 5 for each criterion where 1 is Poor and 5 is Excellent, according to the criteria listed below.

The criteria for evaluating Extended Abstracts include, but are not limited, to the following:

–   Contains new and novel information or new research data
–   Has a strong evidence supporting the conclusions *
–   Clarity of the 100 word abstract within the  Extended Abstract
–   Relevance to practice or policy/scientific merit
–   Contribution to the Conference theme ‘Expanding our horizons’
–   Interest to the audience
–   If requested by Author, whether extending Extended Abstract to Full Paper peer-reviewed submission will be of sufficient interest, merit and contribution to road safety
–   Whether the paper should be considered for an Award

(*Note: Extended Abstracts that present general discussion or future research or policy will tend to receive a poor review outcome)

e.   Notification of outcome:

Authors will be notified of Extended Abstract acceptance and presentation type (Oral Presentation or Poster; if requested by Author whether the Extended Abstact can be expanded to a Full Paper) in May 2019. Notification of successful Symposium proposals will also be released in that week.

f.   Terms & Conditions:

The presenting Author and Symposium participants will be required to register to attend the Conference as a paid delegate. Failure to register may result in the submission or Symposium proposal being deleted from the Conference Program.

Neither the invitation to submit an Extended Abstract or Symposium proposal, nor the acceptance of an Extended Abstract or Symposium proposal, 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 500-700 attendees expected to participate, including the presentation of around 200 papers, the 2019 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, Posters and Symposium proposals, 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 over 600 delegates, ARSC2016 generated a same level of interest, as did ARSC2017 and ARSC2018.  Some of the feedback from conferences 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, ARSC2016, ARSC2017 & ARSC2018 – examples received….


What an inspiring, useful, and enjoyable event!

 I was honored to speak at the 2018 Australasian Road Safety Conference where I had the opportunity to meet dedicated people, learn about innovative work in diverse sessions, and see interesting exhibits. 

It was a great privilege to get to know the Australasian road safety community better — an energetic and committed group of interesting people who will continue doing even more to save lives and prevent injuries on the roads, both at home and around the world.

Hon T Bella Dinh-Zarr
ARSC2018 Keynote Speaker,
Board Member, US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) 




“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


“The ACRS Awards Event was one of the most energizing of its kind I’ve attended in my professional career.  It was wonderful to see a group of people united by meaningful but often difficult work, having a chance to celebrate together.

It is extremely important that road safety professionals take some time out for themselves to share positive experiences and “refill their tank”.  These are professionals that are giving to others on a daily basis for the common good.”

Dan Chen
Vice President & General Manager
Transportation Safety Division – 3M



“ARSC2017 was a tremendous safety event that showcased the excellent efforts underway by the vibrant and diverse Australasian road safety community.
It is time to see the community raise the bar further, challenge yourselves even more, and capitalize on every opportunity to transform safety innovations into lives saved and injuries and crashes prevented.”

Dr Mark Rosekind
ARSC2017 Keynote Speaker, Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox
& Former Administrator,
US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 



” 150+ concurrent presentations, 11 special subject symposia, 30 exhibitions, demonstrations, questions and networks provided opportunities for new thinking and new projects to meet the Conference theme; “Expanding our Horizons”.

In 2009 a smaller road safety conference in Perth concluded that the Australasian College of Road Safety had a task to help “Translate research into action”.   The collaboration achieved this year from so many different groups, with support from sponsors and exhibitors, with a varying range of road safety subjects, programs, technologies and projects, confirmed we are on that journey, although we still should Expand our Horizons to include other key road safety participants. ”

Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM FACRS
Australasian College of Road Safety



“By any measure the Australian Road Safety Conferences have been a great success.  They have 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




“What a fantastic ARSC2017. Highlights were many, and they started with motivating plenaries that set the foundation for the many presenters to showcase their innovative research. To those of you who won awards congratulations but I can honestly say that road safety research in the Australasian region is in good hands. Let’s all keep striving to make the roads safer.

Every successful conference is supported by a set of dedicated sponsors and I would also like to thank them. I hope the success you have seen at ARSC2017 will ensure your future support. Behind the scenes the ARSC2017 organisational and scientific committee and their support teams worked tirelessly so again a big thank you to all.

Finally, to all the attendees, thanks for coming along and making the ARSC2017 a very special conference. You all contributed to vibrancy at the sessions as well as making the social events an integral part of the conference agenda.”

Professor Lynn Meuleners
ARSC2017 co-Chair & Director
Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre




“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 & ARSC2016 provided excellent forums 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 & 2016 events 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 next ARSC event in Perth in October 2017 with its focus on Expanding our Horizons”


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