Role of the Commission
As the voice of road safety in Western Australia, the Road Safety Commission is dedicated to tackling road trauma, which is one of the biggest and most sustained causes of death and injury in the community.
Road Safety Commission of WA
The Commission was created in July 2015 following the Review of Road Safety Governance in Western Australia (the Browne Review), commissioned by the state government. It has the responsibility to reduce road trauma on WA’s roads through harnessing the knowledge, expertise and interest in our community.
Like all nascent organisations, the Commission has been building their profile, expanding their knowledge base and fine tuning their efficiency to ensure maximum impact in improving road safety while continuing to implement the Browne Review recommendations.
Through a Road Safety Advisory framework, the Commission incorporates a diverse range of interests from the private sector, government agencies and the community which enables input into policy and initiatives to be researched, developed or implemented. By collaborating with these groups and key stakeholders, the Road Safety Commission is provided with strategic, operational and tactical advice which ensures innovation, agility and independence in the programs and campaigns developed.
The aim of the Commission is to support the state government’s road safety strategy, Towards Zero 2008-2020, and achieve a 40% reduction in people who are killed or seriously injured in crashes on metropolitan and regional roads. This is achieved through the continuation of delivery and implementation of the strategic directions outlined for a safe system and continues to improve road safety through the four cornerstones of: Safe Road Use, Safe Roads and Roadsides, Safe Speeds, and Safe Vehicles.
The Commission leads the way with mass media campaigns aiming to change risky driver behaviour such as speeding, distractions, fatigue, not wearing a seatbelt and drink driving.
The Road Safety Commission is also a lead in the development and introduction of policies and legislation to improve road safety in WA.
Everybody who uses WA roads is important, so the Commission’s safety programs aim to protect everybody, ranging from the outback drivers of heavy haulage vehicles and sedans to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, seniors, people with disabilities, cyclists and motorbike riders.
The Corporate Executive has overall responsibility for corporate governance and for setting the strategic direction of the agency.
Mr Kim Papalia - Commissioner, Road Safety Commission
Kim Papalia was appointed as WA’s inaugural Road Safety Commissioner on October 28th 2015.
Commissioner Papalia is a Juris Doctor with a Master of Laws, Master of Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) and an Associate Degree (Social Science), as well as further post graduate qualifications in law.
Mr Papalia has 36 years’ public sector management experience, having undertaken leadership roles in metropolitan and regional Western Australia where he managed diverse districts, divisions and business areas. He has expertise, experience and skills in policy development and implementation, addressing diverse regulatory issues involving community safety, serious and organised crime and hazard management.
Mr Papalia holds a strong interest in sustainability, collaborative engagement and strategies to foster the creation of robust communities. His experience includes leadership of Royal Commission and multi-agency taskforces, as well as the implementation of community strategies to respond to significant social challenges.
Mr Chris Adams - Director Operations
Director Chris Adams has a Master of Business Leadership, Bachelor of Arts Justice and diverse vocational qualifications in Business and Resource Management and Frontline Services.
Mr Adams has 30 years' experience in the public sector working with businesses and communities across Western Australia.
Mr Adams has considerable experience in linking agency goals and objectives to delivering on strategy and achieving results through a personal commitment to community service. His proven leadership and skills in business development translate to procedural and innovative approaches to shaping strategy. He has demonstrated understanding of converting policy into outcomes through creation of alignment between multiparty agency agreements and common goals.
Ms Teresa Williams - Director Governance & Finance
Director Teresa Williams is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, with an Accounting and Corporate Governance major. She also has qualifications in Human Resources and Business Management.
Ms Williams’ experience includes corporate governance and organisational development. She has developed and implemented a diverse range of strategic organisational and State wide initiatives.
Ms Williams is a former Chief Financial Officer for a government agency and has been responsible for regulatory functions such as licensing and compliance; including oversight of a program of works to verify the extent to which private sector industry participants were compliant with legislative reporting and levy payment obligations.