Centre for Road Safety

Connecting with communities

Our programs promote safe behaviour and help reduce crashes in Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal people are twice as likely to be killed or injured in a crash compared with non-Aboriginal people.

Through practical safety programs, we improve driver licensing, child car seat use and helmet safety for children. We also promote safety at Aboriginal events across NSW and help deliver safer roads for Aboriginal communities.

$5m Aboriginal Road Safety Action Plan

The NSW Aboriginal Road Safety Action Plan was launched at the Adam Goodes Talent Camp. Part of the mentoring program at the camp promotes road safety messages for teenagers.

The action plan includes training for child car seat installation, driver licensing access programs, more transport options and targeted road safety improvements. Some of the main features of the plan include:

  • A total of $5 million over five years funding to make roads in and around Aboriginal communities safer
  • The continuation of our bike safety program, which has already distributed 3000 helmets to Aboriginal children
  • Free access to the Safer Drivers Course, enabling disadvantaged learner drivers to reduce their required log book total by 20 hours.

You can find details of the Safer Drivers Course providers on the Roads and Maritime Services website, or phone 13 2213 to find your closest course provider.

Road trauma statistical profile

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Road Trauma Report, 2005-2015 provides information on safety issues for Aboriginal road users, with a focus on serious injuries and fatalities. It includes detailed statistics on road user types, age groups and gender, as well as crash locations, times and types.

Delivering the right messages

Through  the NITV and Imparja television networks, Aboriginal community radio stations and newspapers, we deliver messages to connect with our audience. Our overall safety message, 'Bring The Mob Home Safely', is linked to many of our campaigns.

Since 2013, we have supported more than 21 community events where we promoted road safety, driver licensing and Aboriginal employment opportunities. We also sponsored the Saltwater-Freshwater Festival at Taree and Kempsey.


Aboriginal project officers

Our partnership with the Aboriginal Team at Roads and Maritime Services helps deliver safety programs to Aboriginal communities across the state.

Southern Region (includes the South Coast from the Wollongong area south to Eden)

Tabatha Cann
Phone (02) 4221 2527
Email tabatha.r.cann@rms.nsw.gov.au

Northern Region (includes Port Macquarie, north to the border and inland to Gunnedah)

Marcia Hillery
(02) 6640 1361
Email marcia.hillery@rms.nsw.gov.au

Western Region (from Lithgow, north to Moree, west to Tibooburra and Broken Hill)

Mark Hartwig
(02) 6861 1657

Sydney Region

Noni Ross
Phone (02) 8849 2862
Email noni.ross@rms.nsw.gov.au

South West Region (includes Young, Yass and south to the border,  west past Hay and Balranald)

Rodney Simpson
(02) 6938 1106
Email rodney.simpson@rms.nsw.gov.au

Hunter Region (from Gosford north to Taree, inland past Scone and Cessnock)

Leanne Thompson-Gordon
Phone (
02) 4924 0445