The National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 by Commonwealth, state and territory Infrastructure and Transport Ministers was released in late December 2021, outlining new goals and approaches to achieve Vision Zero by 2050.
Vision Zero is a nation-wide commitment to the total elimination of deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads by 2050, including targets to reduce the annual number of fatalities by 50 per cent and serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2030.
This 10-year plan comes after 12,061 people killed and approximately 375,000 people seriously injured on Australian roads over the last decade.
The strategy aims to strengthen the road transport systems through improvements following 3 key themes – safe roads, safe vehicles and safe road use with speed management embedded among all three.
To achieve this, the strategy will have a strong focus on infrastructure and planning, vehicle safety, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, regional road safety, heavy vehicle safety, vulnerable road users, remote road safety, workplace road safety and risky road use.
The National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30 was developed by the Office of Road Safety in collaboration with state and territory road and transport agencies, and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), along with the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Association (ANZPAA), the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), the National Transport Commission (NTC) and Austroads.
To read the full The National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 click here.