Community Engagement

The Road Safety Commission engages with and supports community members, organisations and stakeholder groups to ensure valuable input and community participation in the important issue of road safety.

To assist in the development and implementation of road safety projects fund from the Road Trauma Trust Account have been made available. For more information on funding see our community grants page.

2017 Events:

Perth motorcyclists helping to prevent deaths

The Road Safety Commission is learning from focus groups comprised of Perth motorcyclists, in preparation for a mass media campaign designed to help prevent deaths and serious injuries.

Tragically, 16 motorcyclists have already died on WA roads in 2017, and 40 people on motorcycles lost their lives in 2016.

The focus groups of motorcyclists aged between 18-24, 25-29, 40-49 and 50-59, are providing insight and knowledge about the dangers and risks that riders face on the road as well as their own behaviours and attitudes.

The RSC is working with researchers TNS Australia and Brand Agency Perth as well as engaging with our own Vulnerable Road User Advisory Group (VRUAG) representatives to inform the campaign which will be launched later this year.

Visit from Safer Roads and Highways (SARAH)

SARAH Group President Peter Frazer and Acting Commissioner of Road Safety Iain Cameron

The Road Safety Commission received a visit from Safer Roads and Highways (SARAH) President Peter Frazer this week.

Mr Frazer launched SARAH to promote initiatives that will bring about improved road safety, as well as support those affected by road tragedy, after his daughter Sarah was killed in a road crash in New South Wales in 2012.

Mr Frazer was in Perth to thank RSC management and staff for their outstanding support of the 2017 Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week.

The RSC organised several events during May’s NRSW including the lighting of the Memorial Tree in South Perth, a road safety Town Hall Meeting broadcast live on 6PR and a NRSW forum that brought together leaders and stakeholders in road safety from around Australia.

Working collaboratively with local government

Road Safety Commission Director Operations Chris Adams and Assistant Director Strategy Melissa Watts travelled to Wickepin recently to meet with the Shire of Wickepin, to discuss road safety challenges in the shire and the broader Wheatbelt region.

The RSC Strategy team will begin an assessment of those road safety issues, including works undertaken by Government departments and agencies and analyse killed and seriously injured data for the region.

The Road Safety Commission will consult with local community and industry groups to gain an understanding of road safety issues in the area.

Commitment to community through Clubs WA

Kim Papalia and Chris Adams with Clubs WA CEO Karen Giles at the 2016 Clubs WA Industry Forum and Expo held in October 2016
Kim Papalia and Chris Adams with Clubs WA CEO Karen Giles at the 2017 Clubs WA Industry Awards

The Road Safety Commission’s partnership with Clubs WA presents a unique opportunity to communicate our road safety message to a wide range of road users across WA.
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said the direct engagement with community-owned registered and licensed clubs afforded by Clubs WA partnership was pivotal in saving lives on the road.
Almost 500,000 West Australians, of all age groups, belong to at least one of WA club,” said Mr Papalia.
“The partnership with Clubs WA allows the Road Safety Commission to highlight a range of issues that contribute to road trauma in WA to many social and demographic groups, including young drivers, regional groups and seniors.”

The alliance incorporates a wide range of diverse projects including:
  • Breathalysers in Clubs;
  • Road safety grants for clubs;
  • Driver Reviver Program in regional WA;
  • The promotion of road safety initiatives to multicultural clubs and community groups through My Club, My Community;
  • Inclusion of road safety strategies in the Clubs WA nationally accredited liquor course.
Mr Papalia also recently presented the ‘Clubs in the Community- Special Projects’ award to the Gosnells Football & Sports Club at the Clubs WA 2017 Industry Awards.
“The Road Safety Commission believes strongly in the importance of participation and the active involvement of Western Australians in their communities,” said Mr Papalia.
Our involvement in the only Awards night for the State’s collective clubs industry recognises community clubs for their involvement in sharing the road safety message with their members.

The Road Safety Commission will continue to engage with club members across WA, as Clubs WA celebrates its 60 years of supporting the club industry in 2017.

The Breakdown

Hear the Road Safety Western Force players share their road safety messages:
Road Safety Western Force players have embraced the importance of their roles as Road Safety Ambassadors in Western Australia.

As role models to rugby fans of all ages, by engaging with the community after home games, at rugby clinics and rugby tournaments around the state and every week through The Breakdown.

Every episode, Billy Meakes asks his Road Safety Western Force team mates for their road safety tip.