Centre for Road Safety

Keeping our students safe

In NSW, more than one million school students travel to and from school each day. We develop ideas and practical solutions to improve the safety of children during school travel times.

AFL player and Australian of the Year Adam Goodes supports the Safety Town program for schools and families. Safety Town is an online resource available to more than 2600 primary schools as part of the Road Safety Education Program to teach young students and help prevent road-related injuries and deaths.

Back to school safety tips for parents and carers explains the best ways to drop off and pick up children to reduce traffic dangers, while Keeping our kids safe around schools (PDF, 537Kb) has information for principals, parents and members of the school community.

School zone flashing lights improve safety around school communities. All schools in NSW have at least one set of school zone flashing lights. Motorists should drive no faster than 40 km/h through school zones, which operate from 8-9.30am and from 2.30-4pm on gazetted school days.

The School Crossing Supervisor program is a state-wide program that contributes to the safety of infants and primary school students. School crossing supervisors increase mobility and safety around schools by making pedestrian traffic facilities more efficient.

The Drop-off and Pick-up initiative provides parents and carers with a safe environment to drop off  and collect their children from school by car. The Drop-off and Pick-up initiative uses No Parking areas at schools. The areas, always on the school side of the road, are convenient for drivers and improve children’s safety.

Road safety issues around schools are managed by state and local government authorities. Although the roles and responsibilities of the authorities vary, school principals must approve any request before the agencies responsible are contacted.

The annual bstreetsmart forum is one of Australia’s largest road safety education events. Each year the event brings together more than 20,000 NSW school students to promote road safety.