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Patron of ACRS

2019 – Current: His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd),
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

David Hurley was sworn in as the Governor-General of Australia in July 2019. His Excellency was very happy to accept the role of Patron of the Australasian College of Road Safety, taking over from the previous Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

David Hurley is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon. He had a distinguished 42-year military career which included operations in Somalia and East Timor, and which culminated in the role of Chief of the Defence Force. David Hurley also served as the 38th Governor of NSW, from October 2014 to May 2019.

For more information see the official website of the Governor-General.

Previous Patrons


2014 – 2019: His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd),
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

The College was delighted to have Sir Peter attend the 2014 ACRS Award ceremony and help recognise and reward those working hard to reduce road trauma. The video and transcript of Sir Peter’s address can be found by following the links.

During his address Sir Peter said “(after personally witnessing a road crash with multiple casualties)… looking in the cars to see who was what, just to see all those injuries was a horrible thing. And this for a soldier who is used to, through my calling, to seeing horrible sights.

You know we sent a whole lot of doctors and nurses up to the tsunami that hit Papua New Guinea in 1998… it was like a giant casualty ward with traffic accidents. They referred to the action of the water, the high velocity and the power of it – picking people up and ramming them into things. It sounded a lot like a traffic accident.

The same remark was repeated to me after the Asian tsunami when we again sent people up to Indonesia, and the scale of that was even greater. And of course, when we go off to war we see all those poor soldiers who have been blown up, shot, and they come in for urgent life-saving treatment. The surgeons we send from Australia are those who have to deal routinely with road accidents, because that’s the greatest similarity. So it’s an innocent war on our roads, isn’t it.”


2008-2014: Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO,
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Dame Quentin Bryce served as Patron of the Australasian College of Road Safety from 2008 to 2014. With her term drawing to a close the Governor-General held a farewell event for organisations to which she lent her support. The event was held at Government House in Canberra on Monday February 24, 2014. Invited to attend this event were ACRS President Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM, ACRS ACT & Region Chapter Chair Mr Eric Chalmers (CEO, Kidsafe ACT), ACRS ACT & Region Chapter Chair Mr Keith Wheatley, and ACRS Executive Officer Mrs Claire Howe.

The College took the opportunity to personally thank Her Excellency for her valued support during the six years during her term in office, a period in which we saw face-to-face meetings with Her Excellency to update her on progress within the College. The Governor-General also provided generous support to help the College in our drive to expedite reductions in road trauma. This included the provision of an opening address for our Australasian Conference in Sydney in 2012.

We’d like to again thank the Governor-General for her warmth, enthusiasm, and generosity as our Patron, and wish her all the best for her future endeavours – which, as she pointed out at her farewell event, will include spending a lot more time with her excited grandchildren!


2003-2008: Major General Philip Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC,
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

The College was proud to receive the strong support of Patron Major General Philip Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC during his term as Governor-General of Australia from 2003-2008. Major Jeffery is a retired senior Australian Army officer, and was the 24th Governor-General of Australia.

During his term as Governor General & Patron of the ACRS, His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery said “Sadly, road deaths and injury continue at staggering levels.  Even one road death a day is too much and yet we are now confronted with a national average of five deaths a day on our roads.  An even greater number of people suffer very serious injuries, paraplegia, limb amputation, and brain damage. That 60 people a day are seriously injured on our roads is an awful fact. Take the mortality rate alone – if a similar statistic applied to Australians in battle, the public outcry would galvanise the country into action.”

During his term as College Patron and as Governor-General of Australia, Major Jeffery presented our current President, Lauchlan McIntosh AM, with the prestigious ACRS Fellowship.

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