About the Road Safety 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 (Commission) is a business unit within WA Police , that reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Paul Papalia.

    First created in July 2015, the Commission was transitioned into WA Police on July 1, 2017, as part of the McGowan Labor Government’s Machinery of Government changes to create collaborative departments focused on delivering services in a more efficient and effective way.

    The Road Safety Commission is responsible for reducing road trauma on WA roads by supporting of the State Government’s Driving Change – Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 2020-2030 and a Safe System approach to road safety using the principals of Safe Road Use, Safe Roads and Roadsides, Safe Speeds, and Safe Vehicles.

    The Commission also strives to improve road safety and reduce road trauma through collaboration with key stakeholders within government agencies, the private sector and the community through community education campaigns and community engagement and grants.

    Road Safety Commissioner

    Adrian Warner was appointed Road Safety Commissioner for Western Australia for a five-year term in April 2020.

    Annual Report

    As a business unit within WA Police, the Commission's annual report has appeared as a section within the WA Police Annual Report since 2017-2018. Please visit the WA Police website to see our current reports. For our historical annual reports, see the links below.

    These publications are available in alternative formats upon request (e.g. audio CD, large print, computer disc, braille and other languages). Contact us to request a copy.

    Community Grants

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    The Government of Western Australia has made funds available from the Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA) for community initiatives that assist in promoting road safety messages across the state.
     
    Community road safety grants are available in two categories to support either one-off community events up to $5,000 or the implementation of sustainable projects up to $25,000.

    In 2022, The Road Safety Commission is partnering with RAC to provide grants for projects or events that run during National Road Safety Week. National Road Safety Week (15-22 May) is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group that highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it. 2022 marks ten years of NRSW in WA. Grants will be available in two categories:

    Category 1, with up to $50,000 up for grabs for events or initiatives with a road safety message carried out during NRSW and, 

    Category 2, with up to $100,000 for ongoing projects and road safety initiatives, such as art installations or community projects.  

    Applications open 4 January 2022 and close 18 February. For more information or to begin the application process, check out our community grants portal.  

    Once submitted, applications are assessed by the Road Safety Community Grants Committee, which recommends a list for the Minister for Road Safety's consideration.

    Mobile safety camera trial

    The Road Safety Commission is trialling the use of the latest mobile point to point safety camera technology to test its suitability on WA roads and its potential to make our roads safer for everyone.

    The three-month trial is anticipated to commence in July 2022 and will see a number of mobile safety cameras tested on a range of roads in the metropolitan, South West, Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Mid West regions.

    The safety cameras can identify a number of high-risk behaviours at once including:

    • speeding
    • not wearing a seatbelt; and
    • using a mobile phone while driving.

    In an Australian-first, the mobile cameras will also be used in pairs to measure average speed as well as spot-speed. The cameras can also identify certain heavy vehicles and vehicles towing trailers and caravans exceeding their maximum speed of 100km/h on roads with a speed limit of 110km/h. Further, they have the ability to identify unlicensed vehicles.

    No infringements will be issued during the trial.

    The Commission will use the data collected during the trial to evaluate the suitability of the technology in WA and whether it is likely to improve driver behaviour and road safety outcomes.

    If you would like more information about the trial, email info@rsc.wa.gov.au.


    Road Safety Council

    The Road Safety Council operates under the Road Safety Council Act 2002

    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 council includes members from: Western Australia Police Force; 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 Road Safety Council sets priorities based on crash trends and makes recommendations to the Minister for Police and Road Safety, Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA.

    The Council has a governance charter, and its functions, roles and responsibilities are detailed below.

    Road Trauma Trust Account

    The Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA) receives 100 per cent of the revenue resulting from photographic speed and red-light camera fines.  The funds are managed by the Road Safety Commission and provided to implement priority road safety projects that address road safety initiatives consistent with the State Government’s Driving Change – Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 2020-2030. Driving Change aims for a reduction in road deaths and serious injuries of 50 – 70 per cent by 2030.

    In accordance with the Road Safety Council Act 2002 the Road Safety Council (Council) is responsible for making recommendations to the Minister for Road Safety. The Commission supports the Council and administers the Account.

    RTTA funding is allocated each financial year with amounts allocated in the forward estimates for ongoing years to continue road safety projects and programs. The RTTA is subject to the whole of State Government budget process and there are limited funds available.

    Submissions for RTTA funding are reviewed by the Commission and then provided to the Council for their consideration to provide recommendations to the Minister for Road Safety.

    The RTTA funds several road safety projects and programs which are selected based on their ability to deliver outcomes for the Driving Change Strategy. These projects are coordinated by the Commission, with most being delivered by other State Government agencies as well as other entities.

    Road Safety Council Statement of Expectations and Intent 2022

    The Minister for Road Safety has provided the Road Safety Council with his statement of expectation.

    This statement outlines the Minister for Road Safety’s expectations regarding the role and responsibilities of the Road Safety Council; its relationship with the State Government, issues of transparency and accountability, and provides clarification about the Council's functions as provided in the Road Safety Council Act 2002.

    Statement of Intent (PDF 2.55mb)

    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.

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    Members of the Council

    Katie Hodson-Thomas JP

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    Chair, Road Safety Council

    Katie Hodson-Thomas is the Director of Corporate and Public Affairs at the Perth-based arm of global consulting firm FTI Consulting. She has extensive experience in public policy development, government relations and stakeholder engagement.

    During her time in the Western Australian Parliament between 1996 and 2008, Katie served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health; held shadow portfolio responsibilities for transport, tourism, small business, environment, and road safety; and was Deputy Chair of the Community Development and Justice Standing Committee.

    In addition to her road safety experience in her Parliamentary capacity, Katie took a proactive approach to road safety in her former role as Chief Executive Officer of the Caravan Industry Association WA.

    She brings to the Council diverse board experience as a current member of the Gaming and Wagering Commission and Gaming Community Trust and former Independent Chair of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council.

    Ms. Anne Still

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    Representative of all road users

    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.

    Cr Lauren Strange

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    Representative of Local Governments

    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.

    Mr. Adrian Warner

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    Commissioner, Road Safety Commission

    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. 

    Ms. Linley Crackel

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    Department of Transport

    Linley Crackel has worked within the transport policy field for over 30 years and has a long history in road safety, as a former member of the Office of Road Safety, Deputy Member of the Road Safety Council and Western Australian representative on numerous related national and international committees.

    She is passionate about driving positive behaviour change in road users and has championed the safe system approach to road safety since its inception in WA in the early 2000’s. As part of her roles in road safety policy, research and traffic law, she has led or contributed to some of the most significant road safety changes made over the past two decades.

    Linley is currently the Executive Director of the Driver and Vehicle Services directorate within the Department of Transport, a position she has held since August 2021.

    Assistant Commissioner, Western Australian Police

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    Department of Education

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    Dr Andrew Robertson

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    Department of Health

    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.

    Mr. Doug Morgan

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    Main Roads Western Australia

    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. Michelle Prior

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    Department of Transport

    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.

    Ms. Catherine Meaghan

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    Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

    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.

    Insurance Commission of WA

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