Engaging the community in road safety anna mc dowall
Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership ProgramEngaging the community in road safety June 2012
Overview of Presentation Overview of the Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership Role of VicRoads Questions
Victoria’s road safety strategic directions Framework for community road safety programs in Victoria Context of the Safe System Approach Improving road safety requires a community effort All Victorian road users share a responsibility for making our roads safer Substantial benefits can be achieved by engaging and involving the community
Best Practice Principles for Community Programs Strategic alignment with state goals balanced against local responsiveness Transparent and streamlined funding and contract processes Strong and independent community sector that maximises community participation Effective communication and liaison between VicRoads, the Alliance, the community sector and local government Continuity of resources for successful initiatives Growing the knowledge and skills of the partners, including , the Alliance, the community sector, local government and VicRoads staff The implementation of road safety initiatives and strategies based on the evidence of research and evaluation and on ‘best practice guides’.
Aim of the Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership ProgramTo increase the engagement and breadth of involvement of theVictorian community in addressing road safety issues.
Objectives of the Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership Programsupport the Victorian Government meeting its strategic road safety directionsincrease the engagement and opportunity for local communities andstakeholders to become involved in effectively addressing road safety needsand issuesimprove collaboration with other government community based programs,such as neighbourhood renewal and active travel where objectives are alignedimprove alignment with other government strategies and policies (activetransport, public health and safety).
Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership Model Victorian Community Local & Statewide Road Safety Alliance Community Road Safety Groups• Seven regional community members• Department of Justice Local & statewide community• Department of Transport road safety groups:• Department of Human Services • regional, municipality or municipal cluster - designed as• Department of Health best fit at community level• Department of Planning and •Other community organisations Community Development with an interest in road safety• Department of Education and Early Childhood Development• MAV • VicRoads• LGPro • TAC Working Groups • RACV as required • Vic Police Co-ordination by VicRoads
Victorian Community Road Safety AlliancePurpose Cohesive, coordinated and multi-organisational effort Leadership, advice and guidance Capacity of local groups to reduce road trauma in local communities
Victorian Community Road Safety AllianceRoles: Strategic response to community road safety State-level partnerships Coordinate actions and reduce duplication Attract funds and resources Approve the registration of local & statewide community road safety groups Assess and recommend programs and funding to VicRoads for approval and Allocate resources Monitor and evaluate results
Role of Local & Statewide Community Road Safety Groups identify local road safety needs, issues, and priorities establish and maintain local road safety partnerships attract funds and resources budget and allocate resources for local programs and activities develop and conduct local road safety programs with a multi- action focus on safer roads and roadsides, safer vehicles and safer road users evaluate the implementation of local programs to ensure they achieve local aims and objectives build the knowledge and skills of local group partners.
Local & Statewide Community Road SafetyGroupsDetermination of geographical coverage: Common issues Organisation synergies Operational efficienciesThis may mean that a local community road safety groupmight cover: A VicRoads regional area One municipality An existing RoadSafe group A cluster of municipalities
Composition of Local Community Road Safety GroupsLocal Community Road Safety Groups will be an activepartnership between local stakeholders. Partners are likely toinclude:•key road user groups•local councils•community segments, such as young people, seniors, peoplefrom culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD),and people with disabilities•state government agencies, such as Victoria Police•local community organisations, groups or businesses•members of the local community.
Engagement of local and statewide community groupsTwo phase processRegistration Organisations or partnerships lodge an Expression of interest to become registered as a Local Community Road Safety Group with the AllianceFunding Registered Local and Statewide Community Road Safety Groups develop a 3 year road safety plan and costed annual program, which is assessed by the Alliance for funding.
Current involvement of community groups 51 registered Local and Statewide Community Road Safety Groups which include: – Local government – RoadSafe Community Road Safety Councils – Cluster of local government areas working in partnership – Community service organisations – (Migrant Resource Centres, Victorian Country Football League, Australian Drug Foundation, Vision Australia)
2012 – 2013 Program 35 registered groups applied for program and funding approval The 35 groups submitted program funding applications to the value of approximately $2.55 million VicRoads has approximately $1.6 million to distribute to approved programs An extensive assessment and approval process is undertaken for program funding applications VicRoads enters into a program and funding agreement with the registered groups for approved programs
Types of VicRoads approved programswhich are being funded Young Drivers – Contribution funding to enable the implementation of the F2D business model program Drink Driving – Looking After Our Mates presentations to sporting clubs Older road users – pedestrian and driver safety programs (i.e) organisation of RACVs Years Ahead program) Speed and speeding – local speed awareness programs Motorcycle safety – protective clothing, increasing the awareness of the needs of motorcyclists with regard to road maintenace Child pedestrian and cyclist safety – support schools to implement bike ed (provision of funding to enable teachers to attend the bike ed training course) Child passenger safety – child restraint checking days
Role of VicRoads – Road Safety andNetwork Access To develop road safety policy To develop evidence based road safety programs To develop road safety resources and materials To provide advice and support to VicRoads regional staff To develop and implement an evaluation framework to evaluate short, medium and long term outcomes of the Program
Role of VicRoads Regional Services To provide advice to the community on road safety To support the delivery of local road safety programs through the provision of advice and information to registered groups To monitor the delivery of local road safety
For more information http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/ AboutRoadSafety/StrategyAndPrograms/CommunityRoa dSafetyPrograms.htm