Centre for Road Safety

Keeping our students safe

More than one million school students travel to and from school each day in NSW. We develop ideas and practical solutions to help keep them safe around schools, as they travel to school and home again.

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.

Our Road Safety Education Program supports teaching about road safety to students by classroom teachers and is part of the formal school curriculum.

The Safety Town website is an online resource available to more than 2600 primary schools to support the quality teaching of road safety in NSW.
The On the move website has been designed for use by secondary school teachers and students as part of class teaching and learning programs.

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

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.

Improving pedestrian safety around schools

A $5 million infrastructure program on local roads will improve pedestrian safety around schools across NSW. Our NSW schools pedestrian safety infrastructure list (PDF, 149Kb) shows where the works will be completed.

We worked with Roads and Maritime, local councils and schools to identify safety improvements. Sites were selected using a school pedestrian risk model, to ensure treatments achieve the greatest road safety benefit and deliver a fair distribution across metropolitan and country areas.

The program consists of 135 projects, with a variety of treatments including the installation of new fencing, footpath improvements, raised crossings, kerb extensions, pedestrian refuges, new signs and splitter islands at roundabouts. The program will be completed by the end of the 2017/18 financial year.

More information

Other school road safety initiatives include the: