Road Worker Day of Remembrance – November 9

Today is the National Road Worker Day of Remembrance which strives to acknowledge road workers who have been killed or seriously injured at work.

Road workers play an often unrecognised and pivotal role in delivering and upkeeping the infrastructure our communities rely on heavily.

Far too many road workers are killed or seriously injured on Australian roads each year.

I am proud that the National Road Safety Action Plan 2023-25 includes mandating the CLOCS-A Standard/or ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety Management Systems be applied to construction projects and programs that are funded by the Australian Government.

CLOCS-A is a national framework designed to support all stakeholders involved in, on, and around construction projects to ensure road safety risks are identified and managed appropriately. This includes standards with safety requirements for heavy vehicles, drivers, logistics planners and even public communications.

CLOCS-A is a voluntary good practice approach for managing the risks and impacts associated with a construction project, on road transport and logistics activities, to improve community road safety.

The primary goal of CLOCS-A is to reduce the number of road users, including road workers, who are killed and seriously injured as a result of heavy vehicle use in construction and logistics.

The Australian Government will mandate CLOCS-A Standard/or ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety Management Systems for projects funded by the Australian Government by late 2025.

This mandate is just one of the many actions the Australian Government is undertaking to reach Vision Zero; that is zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads by 2050.