McCormack to lead Australian road safety delegation

Media Release

MCC013/2015

13 November 2015

Australia's Minister for Road Safety, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack is leading the Australian delegation at the Second High Level Global Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia, Brazil, next week.

The Conference will focus on improving global road safety outcomes, including setting national and global targets and indicators for road safety at the mid-point of the Decade of Action on Road Safety.

“Road safety is a critical component of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and this is an important conference on how we can all participate and play a global role to further reduce the instance of devastating road fatalities,” Minister McCormack said.

Australia's efforts to cut road trauma are progressed under the National Road Safety Strategy and supported by the 19 priority actions in the National Road Safety Action Plan.

“Our latest annual progress report shows that Australia's road fatalities have reduced by 19 per cent under our National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020,” Minister McCormack said.

“We will be aiming to reduce the annual number of deaths and serious injuries in Australia by at least 30 per cent by 2020.

The conference is a significant milestone in global efforts to curb road deaths and injuries, and their tragic and costly consequences.

“Australia continues to contribute to international road safety efforts—most recently through our leadership in developing a better international standard for side impact protection in light vehicles.

“We also have a good story to share when it comes to targeting road infrastructure investment with a view to gaining the greatest safety benefit. The upgrades to the Pacific Highway and the Bruce Highway are good examples of the Australian Government's commitment to improving road safety for Australian families.

“The Australian Government remains strongly committed to improving road safety and I look forward to the gains we can achieve as an international community at this important global event,” Minister McCormack said.

The conference runs in Brasilia between Monday 16 and Friday 20 November 2015.