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 Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.
First created in July 2015, the independent agency made a transition into WAPol on July 1, 2017, as part of the McGowan Labor government’s Machinery of Government changes to the public sector. The structural change aims to create collaborative departments focused on delivering services in a more efficient and effective way.
The Road Safety Commission holds the responsibility of reducing road trauma on WA’s roads through harnessing the knowledge, expertise and interest in our community.
Through a Road Safety Advisory framework, the Commission incorporates a diverse range of interests from the private sector, government agencies and the community, which enable 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 ensure innovation, agility and independence in the programs and campaigns developed.
Its aim 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 and 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.
Iain Cameron FACRS, GAICD, MPH - Acting Commissioner, Road Safety Commission
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 2015.
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.