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The Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forums

There is no single solution to eliminating road trauma. The Queensland Government works with a wide range of stakeholders to improve the safety of roads and roadsides, speeds, vehicles and behaviours. The Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum convenes from time to time to advise government on critical road safety issues. Members include representatives from key industry and community organisations, research institutions, government agencies and peak bodies representing road user groups.

You can help build on the ideas from these forums by having your say on how to reduce the use of mobile phones on the road

Forum 5

Vulnerable road users and driver distraction were the focus of the fifth Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum held on 28 February 2018 at Parliament House. Regardless of who or what might have contributed to a crash, vulnerable road users – people who walk, ride a bicycle or ride a motorcycle – will almost always be worse off in terms of injury or death. Driver distraction, particularly caused by use of mobile devices, is an increasing problem on our roads. Over 70% of Queensland drivers admit to using a mobile phone while driving, and people across all ages, professions and backgrounds engage in this risky behaviour. Initiatives identified at the Forum to take forward will build on those already outlined in Queensland’s Road Safety Action Plan 2017–19.

Forum 4

The fourth forum was held on Monday 5 December 2016. The primary focus of the forum was how to reduce and eliminate the number of people seriously injured on Queensland roads. The ideas generated at the forum informed the development of the next 2 year road safety action plan. Read the key themes and summary of the fourth Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum.

Forum 3

The third forum, held on Tuesday 9 February 2016, gathered members together to discuss the year ahead, especially focusing on drink and drug driving in Queensland.

Forum 2

The second forum was held on Monday 24 August 2015, after Queensland Road Safety Week, at Parliament House to launch the new Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Strategy 2015-21 and Action Plan 2015-17 and discuss implementation.

Forum 1

The Queensland Government held the first Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum on Friday 10 April 2015 at Parliament House. The forum was the first step in a holistic approach to improve safety on Queensland’s vast road network following the tragic loss of life on the road over the Easter 2015 long weekend. Read the key themes and summary of the first Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum, community members were also invited to provide input.

Other stakeholder forums

Two regional road safety forums were held in 2018. 

The first forum was held in Townsville on 30 August 2018 as part of Queensland Road Safety Week and focused on seatbelt use. Ideas generated focused on communication, engagement and experiments. “Seatbelts: Let’s make it click” identifies actions being implemented or further investigated.

The second forum was held in Toowoomba on 26 September 2018 and focused on the issues affecting the Darling Downs Region. Participants discussed potential short and longer-term solutions to the key road safety issues in their region.

The outcomes of each forum will inform the development of the next Queensland Road Safety Action Plan.

As a commitment of Queensland's Road Safety Action Plan 2015-17, the department convened in late 2015, a Citizens' Taskforce made up of 25 randomly recruited Queenslanders to consider if incentives could help improve driver safety, including for young people.

The group included young drivers, parents of young drivers, experienced drivers and people who have commercial driving experience. Members came from the greater Brisbane area, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton, Cairns and Townsville.

The Citizens’ Taskforce independently developed and submitted its report Incentives to improve road safety to the Queensland Government. The government’s response and planned actions are contained in its report Response to the 2015 Citizens’ Taskforce Report: Incentives to improve road safety.

Get involved

The Queensland Government is committed to reducing the burden of road trauma on our communities, and has a long-term vision of zero road deaths and serious injuries; but when it comes to road safety, we all have a role to play. To see how you can get involved and take action on serious road trauma visit StreetSmarts.

Last updated
18 July 2019