The Road Safety story in WA began in 1997 when the Road Safety Council was established to identify measures to improve the safety of roads and reduce deaths and injuries to people on WA roads.
Projects designed to reduce road deaths and serious injuries are funded through the special purpose Road Trauma Trust Account, or RTTA.
Drivers and riders who receive infringements after being photographed by fixed or red light cameras, have 100 percent of their fines credited to the RTTA to fund safety projects.
These projects vary each year according to funding approvals, but are likely to be variations on road and roadside improvements, research, enforcement, speed management, education programs targeting the behaviour of road users, community grants and safe vehicle programs.
The Road Safety Council sets priorities based on crash trends and makes recommendations to the Minister for Police and Road Safety, Hon Paul Papalia MLA.
The Road Safety Council is supported by a government agency. Prior to 2015, this agency was the Office of Road Safety, which was part of Main Roads WA; but following recommendations in the “Browne Review”, the stand-alone Road Safety Commission was formed.
This changed again following the election of the McGowan State Government in 2017 and Machinery of Government efficiencies; the agency became part of the WA Police Force but has retained its name and identity as the Road Safety Commission.
The Managing Director, Department of Transport, Mr Iain Cameron, is currently the Chairman of the Road Safety Council.
The council includes members from: Western Australia Police; Main Roads Western Australia; Department of Transport; Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; Western Australian Local Government Association; Department of Health; Department of Education; Insurance Commission of Western Australia; and the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia.
The Council also has a governance charter, and its functions, roles and responsibilities are detailed below.
Iain Cameron - Chairman, Road Safety Council Managing Director, Department of Transport; Trustee - Towards Zero Foundation (UK); Independent Director- Australasian New Car Assessment Program; Chair- OECD/ITF Working Group on Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries Anne Still – Representative of all road users
Iain Cameron has public sector policy, strategy and leadership experience in education, public health, drug strategy, transport, roads and road safety.
Mr Cameron was Executive Director of the Western Australian State Office of Road Safety from 2000 to 2015. His team lead the development of Towards Zero, the WA Government's ambitious strategy to reduce serious crashes by at least 40% by 2020, the first in Australia to articulate a vision zero through a safe system. The rate of road deaths fell from 11.3 per 100,000 population in 2000 to 6.2 in 2017.
He made significant contributions to the Australian Road Safety Strategy (2011-2020) and the bi-annual national action plans.
Mr Cameron is a Trustee of the Towards Zero Foundation (a UK registered charity) and an Independent Director on the Board of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
He chaired the OECD/ITF Safe System Working Group, the Austroads National Road Safety Task Force and he was a member of the WA Road Safety Council and the Curtin Monash University Accident Research Centre Board.
He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In 2014 Mr Cameron was awarded as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Road Safety by the Governor General of Australia for his significant contributions to road safety locally, nationally and internationally.
In December 2016, the ITF Report Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries: Leading a Paradigm Shift in Road Safety chaired by Iain won the 2017 Special Award of the prestigious Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Awards.
Mr Cameron seeks to achieve results for the community through a focus on customers, organisational values, culture and working collaboratively.
Cr Lauren Strange - Representative of Local Governments
Anne Still is General Manager - Public Policy within RAC’s Advocacy and Members team. Her role is to work together with partners to help deliver RAC’s Mobility Agenda of safe, easy and sustainable transport for Western Australians including RAC’s one million members.
She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and has both public sector and private sector consulting experience, having delivered transport projects in Australia, the UAE, the UK and New Zealand.
Anne is a member and a past President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management; and a member of the Western Australian Road Safety Council, the Black Spot Consultative Panel, the Australian Automobile Association’s Public Policy Forum and RAC’s Innovation Board. She is also Project Leader of RAC’s Automated Vehicle Program.
Adrian Warner - Commissioner, Road Safety Commission
After more than 20 years working in government in the areas of planning and land development - in WA as well as overseas - Cr Strange was elected to local government in October 2019.
Since her return from the United Kingdom just over a decade ago, her employment with the State Government’s former land developer, LandCorp, has involved the delivery of exceptional urban and regional development outcomes for the Western Australian community. Cr Strange resigned from LandCorp in July 2019, to pursue her interest in Equine Assisted Learning and election to Council.
Committed to achieving optimal results for the community, Cr Strange approaches her responsibilities with an emphasis on achieving social value and integrated outcomes. Her technical expertise in town planning and project management is supplemented by skills in lateral and adaptive thinking, strategy formulation and effective communication.
Steve Mitchinson - Department of Transport
Adrian Warner was appointed Commissioner of the Road Safety Commission in Western Australia in April 2020.
With over 18 years of executive management experience in the WA public sector including four years as a CEO for Workcover WA, he has held senior executive roles in the past six years within the Housing Authority and Department of Communities.
During 2009-11, following a 22 year career within the WA public sector, he made the career decision to relocate to Canberra to take up the position of policy advisor to senior Cabinet Ministers in the Rudd/Gillard governments, then moving to Sydney in 2011 as a strategic consultant for Novartis.
Paul Zanetti, Assistant Commissioner - Western Australian Police
Steve has extensive experience in driving operational excellence cross a number of sectors and is currently the Executive Director, Drivers and Vehicles with the Department of Transport. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the state's registration, licensing, policy, compliance, accreditation and enforcement supports achievement of the Department's and Government's objectives of safe drivers, safe vehicles, secure identities and quality service outcomes. During his tenure, Steve and his team have shifted the departments focus from one of pure regulator to one that engages more effectively with all stakeholders including the community, RAC, Moor Trades Association and the Road Safety Commission to improve community awareness and education in these key areas. This includes leading major projects with departmental and whole-of-government impacts to ensure that objectives are achieved efficiently and effectively.
Drivers and Vehicles is responsible for the effective management of the state’s over 1.8 million registered drivers and over 3.5 million registered vehicles and manages the standards necessary to make a valuable contribution to road safety. The role contributes to the effective strategic management and corporate governance of the Department of Transport as a member of the Transport Services Executive and strategically leads Drivers and Vehicles reform to ensure the community of Western Australia have a safe and convenient service delivery model implemented to achieve Departmental and Government objectives.
AWARDS:VACANT - Department of EducationDr Andrew Robertson – Department of Health
Australian Police Medal, National Medal
Mr Zanetti is an Assistant Commissioner at Western Australia Police. He graduated from the Academy in 1983 and after five years of service in metropolitan police stations and the Tactical Response Group, 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) from Edith Cowan University and a Masters in Applied Criminology from the University of Cambridge.
Doug Morgan - Main Roads Western Australia
Dr Andrew Robertson is the Deputy Chief Health Officer and Director, Disaster Management at Western Australian Department of Health. Dr Robertson is also a Commodore in the Royal Australian Naval Reserves. Dr Robertson has been an active member of the naval reserves since leaving the full-time Navy in 2003, when he joined WA Health.
Before, Dr Robertson had spent 20 years serving as a doctor in the Navy and left with the rank of Captain.
As well as his work with WA Health’s Disaster Management Directorate (which earned him the Public Service Medal in 2013), Dr Robertson is also often found working with international medical teams at the scenes of natural disasters.
Ms Michelle Prior - Department of Transport
Doug Morgan has more than 25 years of experience in design, traffic operations, project delivery and transport regulation areas within Main Roads WA. He manages the engineering, technical services, asset data and road planning aspects of Main Roads’ business.
His Directorate is responsible for contributing to sustainable integrated transport through providing engineering, environmental and asset management expertise.
Mr Morgan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), a Masters of Business Administration and is a member of Engineers Australia.
Ms Catherine Meaghan - Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Director, Active Transport and Safety, Department of Transport
Michelle Prior is an accomplished strategic leader with an established network across the government, transport and public health sectors.
A respected professional who understands the complexities of major transport stakeholders with the knowledge and ability to navigate them and achieve long term outcomes.
A skilled communicator and collaborator, Michelle is sought for her strategic perspective to facilitate behaviour change and active transport outcomes. .
Kane Blackman - Insurance Commission
Cath Meaghan has been the Planning Director at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage since 2010, providing advice and assistance to 42 local governments in the Wheatbelt, on issues including road access, alignment and design.
She has served as the Director of Regional Land Use and Infrastructure (2007-2010), Manager of Aboriginal Communities (2001-2007), Senior Project Officer – Pilbara Regional Office in Karratha (1996-2001) and as a Planning Officer of Infrastructure and development Co-ordination (1995-1996).
Cath holds a BA in Urban and Regional Studies from Curtin University in WA and has undertaken professional development including the CEDA Leadership program, Project Management, Public Speaking and Recruitment.
Kane is the Commission Secretary at the Insurance Commission, where he is responsible for public relations, governance, policy and research, strategy and risk. He is also the company secretary of the Insurance Commission Board.
Kane holds various non-executive director and advisory positions in the fields of disability and health.
Prior to his role in the WA State Government, Kane held a number of senior executive roles in the private equity and resource sector.