Transport for NSW draws on the expertise of Aboriginal teams to deliver safety programs to Aboriginal communities across the state. We also promote road safety initiatives, including our Safety Town online resource for schools and families, the Child Car Seats website, and the Speed Advisor app to help drivers stick to the speed limit.
Our video features highlights from the first female camp under the NSW/ACT AFL Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.
About 20 girls between the ages of 11 and 16 joined the camp at Homebush, with more than half coming from regional NSW, where they often spend long periods on the road travelling to games.
The program encourages road safety awareness, leadership and wellbeing through workshops focused on decision-making and leadership principles, goal setting, and culture and identity workshops.
The girls felt empowered to go back to their own communities and encourage others to make better decisions on our roads and help drive the road toll Towards Zero.
GWS Giants players Delma Gisu and Zac Williams are program ambassadors, along with James Bell from the Sydney Swans.
Since 2014, Transport for NSW has partnered with the AFL NSW/ACT to harness the power of football to bring young people together from Indigenous communities across NSW.
Unfortunately, Indigenous Australians are about twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash on our roads.
We target townships with high rates of bike use to promote safe bicycle riding among Aboriginal youth. We help deliver Australian Standard helmets to the community and raise awareness of the road rules, safe places to ride, the dangers of not wearing a helmet and the importance of bike maintenance.
Child car seats
We raise awareness in Aboriginal community health services about the safety benefits of correctly fitting and using child car seats. The program also increases the number of staff at Aboriginal community health services and carers that are able to correctly fit child car seats. Child car seats are also made available to community members who need financial assistance.
NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout
With Aboriginal Australians over-represented in NSW crash statistics, targeted road safety messages form an important part of the Koori Knockout weekend.
Each year, our road safety teams promote road safety messages and the Plan B campaign reminding visitors that if you are planning to have a few drinks, it's best to leave the car at home.
Transport for NSW is also a big supporter of NAIDOC and Yabun, which we realise are major events on the Aboriginal calendar and provide an ideal opportunity to engage with the Aboriginal community to discuss and promote road safety and driver licensing.