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Government forms joint committee to cripple road trauma

A new multi-party committee has been formed as the Australian Government ramps up resources on reporting the effectiveness of current road safety programs.

The Joint Select Committee on Road Safety will comprise of nine parliamentary members and be chaired by Llew O'Brien, Federal Member for Wide Bay, as it provides recommendations for the newly established Office of Road Safety.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the committee will examine the effectiveness of existing road safety support services and programs.

These will include opportunities to integrate Safe System principles into health, education, industry and transport policy.

“The committee will also look at the importance of achieving zero deaths and serious injuries across Australia, but especially in remote and regional areas. It will also consider recommendations for the role of the newly established Office of Road Safety,” said McCormack.

“I thank Committee Chair Llew O’Brien for taking on a critical leadership role within the new committee," he said

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the Joint Select Committee on Road Safety was brought about to evaluate current actions and to accelerate progress towards fewer deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads.

“There is great opportunity for road safety and the Safe System approach to be better integrated into related policy areas. The committee will also carefully evaluate the possible establishment of a future parliamentary Standing Committee on Road Safety and what its functions may be,” he said.

Committee Chair Llew O’Brien said he would be taking a strong interest in enhanced coordination between different levels of government, including infrastructure investment priorities.

“As a former police officer, I know too well the horrific impact road accidents have on families right across the country,” he said.

The Committee is expected to report on the impact of road trauma on the nation, including the importance of achieving zero deaths and serious injuries in remote and regional areas.

It will review the effectiveness of existing road safety support services and programs, including opportunities to integrate Safe System principles into health, education, industry and transport policy.

Among other inquiries it will look at measures to ensure state, territory and local government road infrastructure investment incorporates the Safe System principles road trauma and incident data collection and coordination across Australia and undertakings initiated to support the Australian Parliament’s ongoing resolve to reduce incidents on our roads.

“The new committee will be looking into measures to ensure state, territory and local government road infrastructure investment incorporates the Safe System principles road trauma and incident data collection and coordination across Australia,” said O’Brien.

“We will also consider any other measures to support the Australian Parliament’s ongoing resolve to reduce incidents on our roads.”

The committee will present an interim report by 30 March 2020 and its final report by 31 July 2020.

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