Road safety

The NSW Government has set Roads and Maritime Services a target to reduce the loss of life on our roads and make our roads safer.

The NSW Centre for Road Safety is the peak body responsible for road safety in NSW.

The primary objective of the centre is to deliver Road Safety for NSW. This involves direct delivery of road safety programs, delivery in partnership with Local Government, other agencies and parts of Roads and Maritime Services, promoting road safety as a core value and key influence on decision-making across the organisation, other key agencies, stakeholders and the public.

The NSW Centre for Road Safety is based on the Safe Systems approach to road safety which has been adopted by developed nations successfully addressing road trauma.  The Safe Systems approach acknowledges that there is a limit to the amount of force a human can tolerate and that humans make mistakes, therefore roads, vehicles and speeds should be designed to both reduce the risk of crashes and protect people in the event of a crash by avoiding the body being exposed to forces beyond the limit of human tolerance.

Roads and Maritime Services and local government can reduce crashes and casualties on our roads by adopting the Safe Systems approach with the vision of achieving safe roads,safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe people. This is a shared responsibility for Roads and Maritime Services and local government in delivering a safe road environment for road users through continued improvements in design, construction and development of the road network, and the traffic that is carries.

Follow the Road environment safety link for Roads and Maritime Services publications for road safety practitioners, including the technical directions on Accident Reduction Guide. There are other road safety technical directions which describe how road environment safety issues are addressed and implemented.

Follow the links below for more details on:

Related links:

  • Council Engineering Projects Funded by Roads and Maritime Services Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Roads and Maritime Services maintains statistical reports about traffic crashes in NSW. These documents are prepared for information purposes, including research by road safety practitioners, and can be downloaded here Crash Statistics. In addition to this, Roads and Maritime Services provides all councils with crash statistics by CD twice annually.
  • Roads and Maritime Services Council Forms system allows NSW Local Government Councils online access to various Roads and Maritime Services funding application forms and to submit them to the relevant Roads and Maritime Services areas electronically.
  • Delegations to Councils.

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