The Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference 2013 was a great success!


The Ministers who share responsibility for road safety in Queensland—the Honourable Scott Emerson MP (Minister for Transport and Main Roads) and the Honourable Jack Dempsey MP (Minister for Police and Community Safety)—officially opened the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education (RSRPE) Conference in Brisbane. The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Queensland, hosted more than 400 delegates at the conference from August 28 to 30, 2013. Dr Graham Fraine, Deputy Director-General of Customer Services, Safety and Regulation at TMR, chaired the plenary sessions. After a warm Welcome to Country from Aunty Carol Currie, Mr Neil Scales, Director-General of TMR, also welcomed delegates to the conference.

This conference is the premier annual road safety conference in Australasia, and brought together leading researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from Australasia and overseas to share knowledge about best practice in road safety.

The theme of the 2013 conference was  “vision, action, results”. The National Road Safety Strategy outlines an ambitious vision for road safety, and the conference focused on the actions required to achieve these results, including presentations on the results of the latest evaluations and strategies that have contributed to reduced road trauma. 
The conference program reflected the Safe Systems approach adopted in the National Road Safety Strategy, and showcased the broad scope of work being conducted in the road safety field.

The conference program included three keynote presentations  touching on each element of the conference theme of “vision, action, results”, as well as 36 concurrent presentation sessions that focussed on the evidence currently available, and how everyone with an interest in road safety can work together to achieve the targeted reduction in serious casualties. An expert panel discussion  in the closing session summarised the main findings of the conference, and identified the key priorities in road safety going forward.

Click here to download the conference handbook, including the conference program and abstracts for all presentations.
Who attended
The RSRPE conference attracts a multidisciplinary audience. The 2013 conference was attended by people with a passion for road safety, including researchers, practitioners, enforcement officers and policy-makers from different areas such as:
  • behavioural sciences;
  • education and training;
  • emergency services;
  • engineering and technology;
  • health and rehabilitation;
  • justice and law enforcement;
  • local, state and federal governments;
  • traffic management; and
  • vehicle safety.
The 2013 conference attracted delegates from all Australian states and territories, New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Laos. 
2014 conferenceThe 2014 conference will be held in Victoria. Further information about conference dates and the conference website will be updated as soon as these details are confirmed.

Key links

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Click here for the presentations
Click here for the posters
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Click here for the handbook