Woorabinda Road Safety Trial
In late 2009, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, in partnership with the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety — Queensland (CARRS-Q), commenced an Indigenous road safety trial in the Woorabinda community in Central Queensland. The trial is funded through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Road Safety Grant Scheme.
Ultimately, the lessons learned from this trial will assist in developing national guidelines for the delivery of road safety programs in rural and remote Indigenous communities. Central to the trial is a part-time local Indigenous Project Officer. The Project Officer is based in the Woorabinda community and, while employed by CARRS-Q, is an integral member of the department’s Central Region’s Road Safety Team.
The trial targets a range of community identified road safety priorities including:
- access to licensing services with a strong emphasis on road safety
- support for novice drivers to achieve the 100 hours of supervised on-road driving experience
- education about the use of seatbelts and responsibilities in relation to child restraints
- roadworthy vehicles.
Strategies to address these priorities have focused on integrating road safety into other aspects of community life through cross-agency partnerships, resource sharing and building on existing community capacity.