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* Award nominations open in April 2020 *

The Australasian College of Road Safety Awards celebrates the outstanding projects and people who help save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. The 2020 Awards will be held at the 2020 Australasian Road Safety Conference which is on in Melbourne from Wednesday September 16 to Friday September 18, 2020.


Australasian College of Road Safety Fellowship Award



This award is recognized as the Australasian road safety community’s highest honour, recognising an individual for their outstanding commitment and effectiveness in their efforts to reduce road trauma. The award recipient is recognised with a citation and plaque.

Award winners must have made contributions that have led to substantial growth and improvement in an important institution or organisation, body of knowledge or aspect of thought and practice associated with road safety.

Some of our previous winners:

  • Professor Michael Regan, Professor of Human Factors at the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) at the University of New South Wales (2019)
  • A/Professor Jeremy Woolley, Director of the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (2018)
  • Dr John Crozier, Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Committee (2018)
  • Samantha Cockfield, Manager, Road Safety Technical and Policy, Transport Accident Commission (2017)
  • Professor Ann Williamson, Director, Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (2016), and
  • Mr Rob McInerney, CEO of the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) (2015)


3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award



This award recognises projects that exhibit outstanding innovation and effectiveness in saving lives and injuries on roads.  This award is Australasia’s premier road safety award recognising an outstanding road trauma reduction project.

Previous winners of the 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award include:

  • A radar-based intersection collision avoidance system run by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) (2019)
  • A Northern Territory indigenous program changing attitudes and behaviours towards the use of proper child car restraints. This project was run by the Northern Territory Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission (MACC), led by Team Leader Christine Thiel (2018)
  • A program building strong and enduring safety-focused relationships with families, run by KidSafe ACT and led by Team Leader Eric Chalmers (2017)
  • A program to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to obtain their drivers licence, created by DriveSafe NT Remote and led by Team Leader Wayne Buckley (2016)
  • A project delivered by the Queensland Government to expedite road trauma reductions on the Bruce Highway (2015), and
  • An innovative program for Cycle Safe Communities, run by The Amy Gillett Foundation (2014)


ACRS Young Leaders Oration Award



2019 was the first year that ACRS offered the Young Leaders Oration Award.

Nominations for this award are sought from road safety professionals throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Nominees must be 40 years or younger, must demonstrate active involvement in road safety, must show the potential for future leadership, and must be performing inspiring work. Winners receive a prestigious ACRS plaque in recognition of their work, plus the opportunity to make a presentation of their choosing to hundreds of professionals in the road safety field.

The winner of the inaugural ACRS was Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios who specialises in the behavioural adaptation of road users (drivers, cyclists and pedestrians) to technological change in transport systems.

Other Awards

Peter Vulcan Award for Best Research Paper
Road Safety Practitioners Award
Best Paper by a New Researcher Award
Road Safety Poster Award
Conference Theme Award
Best Paper by a New Practitioner Award
Best Paper with Implications for Improving Workplace Road Safety
Policing Practitioners Paper Award (TBC)



For more information about the ACRS Road Safety Awards, see the ACRS Awards website

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