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Guide to Road Safety
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Guide to Road Safety

The Austroads Guide to Road Safety examines road crash costs and road agencies’ duty of care to provide safe travel. 

The advantages and disadvantages of different ways of measuring road safety are discussed, and these methods are used to illustrate progress in road safety in Austroads’ member jurisdictions in recent years. 

The Safe System approach as the guiding principle for road safety management is explained, along with the merits of an evidence-based approach to selected road safety countermeasures. 

The Guide to Road Safety is published in nine parts: 

The guide can be purchased as individual parts or a set in hardcopy or PDF.

Australian and New Zealand road agencies and local councils

Austroads members can download PDF versions of the Guides for free. This includes all state and territory road agencies and local councils in Australia and New Zealand.

To request your user login and password for free access please send an email from your work email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Decade of Action badgeIn support of the Decade of Road Safety Action Austroads will make the Guide to Road Safety freely available in PDF form to countries and government bodies engaged in not-for-profit initiatives in the Asia Pacific region.

Austroads & Road Safety

The total cost of road crashes in 2011 is estimated at AUD$20.64 billion in Australia and NZD$3.54 billion in New Zealand.

On average, four people are killed and 90 are seriously injured every day on Australia's roads.

Almost everyone has, at some stage, been affected by a road crash.

The Austroads Safety Program aims to prevent death and serious injuries using a safe system approach.



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