Office of Road Safety opens

The Federal Government’s new Office of Road Safety is now operational, and will get to work improving leadership and co-ordination across government to reduce deaths on the nation’s roads.

Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said the office would initially focus on establishing the functions needed to perform its lead agency role, while delivering priority road safety programs.

“The key objective of the Office of Road Safety is to provide national leadership in eliminating road trauma in Australia,” Mr. McCormack said.

“In August, the Transport and Infrastructure Council will consider a range of actions in response to the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20.”

Road Safety Assistant Minister Scott Buchholz said the office would operate as the primary policy adviser to all federal ministers for road safety.

“The office will draw together interdisciplinary expertise and experience to learn, share and channel effort towards proven approaches to reducing national road trauma,” Mr. Buchholz said.

“In doing this, it will work collaboratively with counterpart agencies across the states and territories, as well as expert agencies.”

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