ACRS Systems Safety Workshop

The Australian road transport system continues to create unacceptable levels of trauma. Whilst there are many systemic and societal factors that contribute to road collisions, the current road safety approach remains focused on a narrow set of causes. Though the approach has been successful in many areas, a set of highly complex intractable issues remain. It is our view that road safety strategy should be extended to encapsulate a broader focus on understanding and managing complex interactions across road and societal systems.

The aim of this workshop is to communicate, discuss, and debate our recent policy position statement which called for a new systems thinking approach to road safety. The workshop includes an overview of systems thinking and the position statement, followed by a series of vignette-based practical examples of how systems thinking can be implemented in road safety practice. Each vignette will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and debate with workshop attendees. The workshop will close with an outline of a practical agenda designed to embed and translate systems thinking in road safety practice.


  • Introduction to Systems Thinking – Paul Salmon
  • The Policy Problem – Ann Williamson
  • Systems Safety in Aviation – Brett Molesworth
  • Overview of ACRS Policy Position Statement – Brett Hughes
  • Fatigue Management – Ann Williamson
  • Drug Driving – Rod McClure
  • Railway Level Crossings – Gemma Read

This event is $150 for ACRS members and $200 for non-members. Learn more about ACRS Membership here.

Event: ACRS Systems Safety Workshop
When: Thursday 16 May, 10am-3pm AEST
Where: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building (G19), Library Road, UNSW School of Aviation, Kensington NSW
Catering: Morning tea and lunch will be provided