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FAQ's about Safe System for Universities

Frequently asked questions about the Safe System and the SS4U course material can be found here.

What is the Safe System?

The Safe System is a road safety philosophy and practice that places an emphasis on providing a road transport network that is free from fatalities and serious harm. Based on road safety principles developed in Sweden and the Netherlands, the Safe System is acknowledged as leading practice in road safety by Austroads and all Australian and New Zealand road authorities.

The Safe System provides a holistic systems approach to eliminating harm by targeting efforts towards identifying, understanding and mitigating harm associated with system use. Key to the Safe System approach is the understanding that it is unacceptable to allow harm to continue to occur to people.

The philosophy identifies four factors which need to work together to protect people from harm – these are: Safer Roads, Safer Vehicles, Safer Speeds and Safer People.

Who can use SS4U?

SS4U is aimed at providing learning information and resources for tertiary engineering students and educators. However, SS4U is free to be used by anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of engineering safety and the Safe System.

Why was SS4U developed?

Road safety professionals have become increasingly aware of a lack of safety and Safe System knowledge possessed by engineering graduates entering the road transportation sector. SS4U was developed with the intent of addressing this growing trend by improving safety education throughout the road transport engineering sector and the broader engineering industry.

Funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Victoria, SS4U is the result of a partnership between the Victorian Safer Road Program (formerly the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program – SSRIP) and the Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide. The learning content was developed with input from industry, academic and engineering education professionals.

What does SS4U include?

Developed in modular style for ease of adaption to existing learning content, SS4U provides all the materials necessary for learning engineering safety and the Safe System in a consistent and concise manner. SS4U utilises a self-learning default mode of delivery, allowing educators to value-add without the need to use up valuable contact time, while providing students with the ability to learn at their own pace.

SS4U is delivered in four modules that cover:

  1. An introduction to the principles, ethics and theory behind engineering safety.
  2. An introduction to the Safe System and the principles, ethics and theory that guide it.
  3. The practices and tools needed to apply the Safe System.
  4. How to managing the transition to a Safe System.

Each module is delivered through self-learning oriented snippets; a short self-guided presentation that covers individual topics. There are six units per module.

Tutorial and assessment support materials are also included for each module, to allow students to apply and demonstrate the knowledge gained through each unit.

Currently only Module 1 is available for download and use. Modules 2,3 and 4 will be made available in 2020.

How can I access SS4U?

The SS4U curriculum guideline and learning materials are available via this website on the previous page or via the links below.

Curriculum Guideline

Learning materials

Currently, Module 1 is the only module available for use. This is a beta version and feedback is welcomed by contacting the SS4U development team.

Modules 2, 3 and 4 will be released in 2020.

To register your interest in receiving information about these modules, or helping us to develop this content, please contact us to be placed on the mailing list.

Is SS4U restricted in its use?

Modules 2, 3 and 4 will be released shortly. To register your interest please contact us to be placed on the mailing list.

Is SS4U restricted in its use?

SS4U is not restricted in its use. You are free to download, adapt, use and distribute SS4U content without charge. Acknowledgement of those involved in its development is appreciated.

Please note that third-party content used in the SS4U learning material may be subject to copyright restrictions under Creative Commons and may include non-commercial attribution.

Please contact the SS4U development team for more information.