Road Safety Council

Road Safety Council Act and Governance Charter

The Road Safety Council operates under the Road Safety Council Act 2002. The Council also has a Governance Charter which details its functions, roles and responsibilities.

Members of the Council

Kim Papalia - Road Safety Council Chair

Kim Papalia has some thirty five years in public sector management undertaking leadership roles in metropolitan and regional Western Australia managing diverse districts, divisions and business areas. He is acknowledged as having expertise, experience and skills in policy development and implementation addressing diverse regulatory issues involving community safety, serious and organised crime and hazard management.

Kim holds a strong interest in sustainability, collaborative engagement and strategies to foster the creation of robust communities. His experience includes responsibility for the management of multiple covert policing units, leadership of Royal Commission and multi-agency taskforces, murder investigations, corruption prevention, the investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity in addition to the implementation of community strategies to respond to significant social challenges.

Kim has held responsibility for the development and implementation of strategies to mitigate harm associated with volume crime, drug and alcohol abuse, family and domestic violence and road safety. He developed and implemented a State wide strategy to enhance capability and capacity for the emergency response to incidents of natural catastrophic events, terrorism or serious criminal conduct and has led the response to natural disasters including the devastation caused by fire and cyclone events.

While currently continuing study, Kim has previously obtained a Master Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) and an Associate Degree (Social Science) in addition to various post graduate qualifications in Law.

Lindsay Hale - Department of Education


Lindsay Hale is currently Executive Director, Statewide Services. He has worked in a range of metropolitan and regional schools, including Belmont City College where he was Principal. Lindsay has also had senior roles in Districts and the Department of Education Central Office including Managing Director of the Institute for Professional Learning.

Nina Lyhne - Department of Transport

Nina Lyhne was appointed Acting Managing Director of Transport Services in January 2011. Nina was previously the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner and Executive Director of WorkSafe.  Her work experience has involved working in diverse roles across Government and includes time as the Executive Director of the Road Safety Commission. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

John Chortis - Department of Planning

John provides coordination and planning of major infrastructure projects in response to the State’s significant population growth.

These projects include the Departments strategic assessment of land uses and infrastructure proposals for the Fremantle Outer Harbour, infrastructure to support the Murdoch specialised activity centre which includes Fiona Stanley Hospital, and planning for future industrial land in the Perth, Peel and Greater Bunbury Regions.

John’s team of professional land use planners, economists, transport and engineering specialists undertakes integrated land use and transport network projects and programs as well as providing design and statutory transport planning advice to a wide range of local government, state government and industry stakeholders across the State.

Doug Morgan - Main Roads Western Australia

Doug has more than 25 years of experience in design, traffic operations, project delivery and transport regulation areas within Main Roads WA.  Doug manages the engineering, technical services, asset data and road planning aspects of Main Roads’ business.

Stephen Fox - Representative of Local Government

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Paul Zanetti, Assistant Commissioner - Western Australian Police

AWARDS: Australian Police Medal, National Medal

Mr Zanetti is currently the Assistant Commissioner for Specialist and Support Services which encompasses Counter Terrorism & Emergency Response and State Traffic Commands.

A career police officer with over 30 years of experience, Mr Zanetti joined the WA Police in 1981 as a police cadet and graduated from the Academy in 1983. After five years of service in metropolitan police stations and the Tactical Response Group, he commenced as a detective and worked in Districts and specialist areas for the next 15 years.

On being promoted to Inspector at the Internal Affairs Unit in 2003, Mr Zanetti assisted with Kennedy Royal Commission reforms and was instrumental in the implementation of a professional standards early intervention system which has since been adopted in agencies across Australia and in New Zealand.

In 2005 he was promoted to Superintendent managing Security Operations, and also worked on projects and reforms to increase the agency’s counter terrorism and emergency management capabilities.  

From 2008 Mr Zanetti led the South East Metropolitan District, and relieved as Assistant Commissioner Strategy and Performance for an extended period before being promoted to Commander Specialist Crime in 2011.

In 2012 Mr Zanetti was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and established the Reform and Business Improvement Portfolio. As Program Director for Frontline 2020, he led a program of reforms aimed at meeting resource and demand challenges, while providing the community with improved core policing services.

Mr Zanetti has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing) and is currently completing a Masters in Applied Criminology at the University of Cambridge.

Vacant - Department of Health

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Vacant - Representative of All Road Users

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Road Safety Management Capacity Review

Road safety management capacity is defined as our readiness and capability to implement the necessary actions in an effective, efficient and timely manner and achieve the changes in policy, standards and practice required to create a safe road transport system.

To ensure that Western Australia has the necessary capacity to launch the implementation of Towards Zero and to realise ambitious results, the Road Safety Council commissioned a team of international experts in 2010 to conduct a road safety management capacity review using a 'state of the art' road safety management assessment framework developed and used by the World Bank. It is built upon global good practice and has been adopted by both the International Transport Forum and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The Capacity Review Team made over 90 wide ranging recommendations based on this road safety management framework. In response, the Road Safety Council established a working party to analyse the Report and to prepare recommendations for Government. The recommendations in this report were endorsed by the Road Safety Council at its July 2011 meeting.

Activity Reports

The Road Safety Council is required to produce annual reports on its activities for the Minister for Police; Road Safety.

Established on February 1st 1997 the Road Safety Council operates under the Road Safety Council Act 2002. The Road Safety Commission provides administrative support and management.

The Road Safety Council has formal responsibility for advising government on programs and initiative for reducing road trauma in Western Australia. It considers advice from an evidence-based research, community consultation and from the main government agencies and other stakeholders who have a role in road safety.

Led by a chair appointed by the Minister for Road Safety, the council includes members from: Western Australia Police; Main Roads Western Australia; Department of Transport; Department of Planning; Western Australian Local Government Association; Department of Health; Department of Education; Insurance Commission of Western Australia; Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, representing all road users and; the Road Safety Commission.

The function of the Road Safety Council is to: identify and recommend measures to improve the safety of the state’s roads, identify and recommend measures to reduce deaths and injuries resulting from road crashes, evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of these measures, evaluate and monitor the safety of roads in the State; and make recommendations to Government on the expenditure of monies allocated to the Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA). The Council also has a governance charter which details its functions, roles and responsibilities.