A national review of road safety governance will look at how to drive the road toll to zero by 2050, as the federal government hits back at claims of inaction on road deaths.
Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack will reveal the review’s terms of reference in regional NSW on Wednesday.
Mr McCormack said the review would assess what changes are needed to improve Australia’s road safety governance structure.
That will including mapping specific roles, responsibilities and accountabilities held across agencies and jurisdictions.
The review will also consider the steps required for governments and stakeholders to achieved the goal of reducing road fatalities to zero by 2050.
Mr McCormack said the process would be the first step forward in advancing the 12 recommendations made by last year’s inquiry into National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020.
“Co-ordination across state, territory and local governments will be the cornerstone of improving the governance arrangements around road safety,” the Nationals said.
The Australian Automobile Association has criticised the government for not acting quicker in responding to the inquiry, released in September.
Chief executive Michael Bradley last week said Australia’s National Road Safety Strategy continued as an unmitigated disaster and was not on track to meet its objective of a 30 per cent reduction by 2020.
He said the government was right to commission an independent report into the strategy’s failings, but wrong to stall responding to and implementing the recommendations.
A report from the governance review is due to be tabled at a meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Council during the first half of 2019.
Last week, Mr McCormack warned against complacency after figures showed Australia’s road toll was at its lowest level since August 2014.