Research and statistics

Victoria has a long history of road safety research and evidence-based practice. Road safety education is no exception.

Early Childhood


National practices for early childhood road safety education

The National Practices for Early Childhood Road Safety Education have been developed by early childhood education and road safety experts across Australia and New Zealand. The eight evidence based national practices are aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework. The national practices have been developed to support evidence based road safety education in early childhood settings.

Child restraints

The Child Restraint Evaluation Program evaluates and provides ratings for child restraints and booster seats according to how well they protect a child in a crash, and how easy they are to use.

Accessory child safety harnesses: Do the risks outweigh the benefits?

Role Modelling
Parents and carers of young people have a key role in role modelling positive road user behaviour throughout their childhood and teen years.

Parents as role models in road safety (MUARC, 2010)

Primary and Secondary School

Good Practice Road Safety for Young People

Young people are a particularly vulnerable road user group. It is important that resources and programs are evidence based in order to support teachers, schools and community groups to deliver effective road safety education for young people.. The fact sheets below have been created to help inform the development of good practice road safety education for young people.

pdfEffective Community and School Based Road Safety For Young People: A Summary of the Research PDF, 0.88MB

pdfYouth Road Safety: Effective Practice PDF, 1.84MB

pdfFact Sheet 1 - Road Safety Education in Senior Secondary Schools: Good Practice Guide PDF, 0.11MB

pdfFact Sheet 2 - Community Road Safety: Young Road User Safety Good Practice Guide PDF, 0.12MB

pdfFact Sheet 3 - High Risk Young Drivers and Young Offenders: Good Practice Guide PDF, 0.11MB

pdfFact Sheet 4 - What Doesn't Work for Young Road Users and Why PDF, 0.13MB

Young Drivers

To access young driver research reports, please visit please visit the MUARC website.

For information on Driver Training programs please see The Effectiveness of Driver Training as a Road Safety Measure

For information on issues and initiatives for young drivers, including the Graduated Licensing System, please visit the VicRoads website.

The introduction of Victoria's Graduated Licensing System (GLS) shows very promising outcomes in terms of improvements in young driver behaviour. To view Victoria's GLS Evaluation Interim Report visit the VicRoads website.

Research and Statistics

Statistics and injury data

CrashStats contains all reported road crash injury statistics in Victoria.

The TAC safety website lists a wide range of statistics related to road safety such as young driver statistics, speed statistics, age group and gender statistics and road toll statistics.

The Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU) is a longstanding major project of the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). VISU maintains, analyses, reports on, disseminates and applies injury data to injury prevention, develops countermeasures, implements prevention strategies and monitors trends and outcomes of interventions.

Other useful links
ARRB

Child Health Promotion Research Unit, Edith Cowan University

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

RACV

The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q)

Centre for Automative Safety Research – University of Adelaide

Child Pedestrians: Factors associated with ability to cross roads safely and development of a training package (MUARC, 2009)