Road Safety Council

The Road Safety Council operates under the Road Safety Council Act 2002.                                                                                             road-safety-council-logo-(3).png               

The Road Safety story in WA began in 1997 when the Road Safety Council was established to identify measures to improve the safety of roads and reduce deaths and injuries to people on WA roads.

Projects designed to reduce road deaths and serious injuries are funded through the special purpose Road Trauma Trust Account, or RTTA.

Drivers and riders who receive infringements after being photographed by fixed or red light cameras, have 100 percent of their fines credited to the RTTA to fund safety projects.

These projects vary each year according to funding approvals, but are likely to be variations on road and roadside improvements, research, enforcement, speed management, education programs targeting the behaviour of road users, community grants and safe vehicle programs.

The Road Safety Council sets priorities based on crash trends and makes recommendations to the Minister for Police and Road Safety, Hon Michelle Roberts MLA.

The Road Safety Council is supported by a government agency. Prior to 2015, this agency was the Office of Road Safety, which was part of Main Roads WA; but following recommendations in the “Browne Review”, the stand-alone Road Safety Commission was formed.  

This changed again following the election of the McGowan State Government in 2017 and Machinery of Government efficiencies;  the agency became part of the WA Police Force but has retained its name and identity as the Road Safety Commission.

The Managing Director, Department of Transport, Mr Iain Cameron, is currently the Chairman of the Road Safety Council.

The council includes members from: Western Australia Police; Main Roads Western Australia; Department of Transport; Department of Planning; Western Australian Local Government Association; Department of Health; Department of Education; Insurance Commission of Western Australia; and the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia.

The Council also has a governance charter, and its functions, roles and responsibilities are detailed below.

Road Safety Council Act and Governance Charter

The Road Safety Council operates under the Road Safety Council Act 2002. The Council also has a Governance Charter which details its functions, roles and responsibilities.

Members of the Council

Iain Cameron - Chairman, Road Safety Council

Acting Managing Director, Department of Transport; Trustee - Towards Zero Foundation (UK); Independent Director- Australasian New Car Assessment Program; Chair- OECD/ITF Working Group on Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries

Iain Cameron has public sector policy, strategy and leadership experience in education, public health, drug strategy, transport, roads and road safety.

Mr Cameron was Executive Director of the Western Australian State Office of Road Safety from 2000 to 2015.  His team lead the development of Towards Zero, the WA Government's ambitious strategy to reduce serious crashes by at least 40% by 2020, the first in Australia to articulate a vision zero through a safe system. The rate of road deaths fell from 11.3 per 100,000 population in 2000 to 6.2 in 2017. 

He made significant contributions to the Australian Road Safety Strategy (2011-2020) and the bi-annual national action plans.

Mr Cameron is a Trustee of the Towards Zero Foundation (a UK registered charity) and an Independent Director on the Board of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

He chaired the OECD/ITF Safe System Working Group, the Austroads National Road Safety Task Force and he was a member of the WA Road Safety Council and the Curtin Monash University Accident Research Centre Board.

He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2014 Mr Cameron was awarded as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Road Safety by the Governor General of Australia for his significant contributions to road safety locally, nationally and internationally.

In December 2016, the ITF Report Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries: Leading a Paradigm Shift in Road Safety chaired by Iain won the 2017 Special Award of the prestigious Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Awards.

Mr Cameron seeks to achieve results for the community through a focus on customers, organisational values, culture and working collaboratively.

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Lindsay Hale - Department of Education

Lindsay Hale is currently Executive Director, Statewide Services. He has worked in a range of metropolitan and regional schools, including Belmont City College where he was Principal. Lindsay has also had senior roles in Districts and the Department of Education Central Office including Managing Director of the Institute for Professional Learning.

Mr Hale joined the Department in 1984 as a teacher and worked in a range of positions before being appointed principal of Belmont City College.

He was foundation Managing Director of the Institute for Professional Learning and has held a number of executive positions. He has a Master of Education Administration.

Nina Lyhne - Department of Transport

Nina joined DoT in January 2011 as the Managing Director – Transport Services. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and has previously held the positions of WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner and the Executive Director of the Office of Road Safety. Nina has worked in diverse roles across government agencies in sectors ranging from trade and commerce to community development and occupational safety and health.

In her key role with DoT, Nina is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of transport services including driver and vehicle services, coastal infrastructure, marine safety and on-demand transport. She also oversees the provision of information technology, people and corporate services for DoT.

Catherine Meaghan - Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

Cath Meaghan has been the Planning Director at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage since 2010, providing advice and assistance to 42 local governments in the Wheatbelt, on issues including road access, alignment and design.

She has served as the Director of Regional Land Use and Infrastructure (2007-2010), Manager of Aboriginal Communities (2001-2007), Senior Project Officer – Pilbara Regional Office in Karratha (1996-2001) and as a Planning Officer of Infrastructure and development Co-ordination (1995-1996).

Cath holds a BA in Urban and Regional Studies from Curtin University in WA and has undertaken professional development including the CEDA Leadership program, Project Management, Public Speaking and Recruitment.

Doug Morgan - Main Roads Western Australia

Doug Morgan has more than 25 years of experience in design, traffic operations, project delivery and transport regulation areas within Main Roads WA. He manages the engineering, technical services, asset data and road planning aspects of Main Roads’ business.

His Directorate is responsible for contributing to sustainable integrated transport through providing engineering, environmental and asset management expertise.

Mr Morgan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), a Masters of Business Administration and is a member of Engineers Australia.

Stephen Fox - Representative of Local Government

Stephen Fox is a councillor (East Ward) for the Shire of Mundaring. He is a representative of WALGA and has had a lifelong involvement in the recreational vehicle industry.

Cr Fox has also taught safety practices within motorsports and has been a volunteer ambulance officer for the past 14 years.

Paul Zanetti, Assistant Commissioner - Western Australian Police

AWARDS: Australian Police Medal, National Medal

Mr Zanetti is an Assistant Commissioner at Western Australia Police. He graduated from the Academy in 1983 and after five years of service in metropolitan police stations and the Tactical Response Group, commenced as a detective and worked in Districts and specialist areas for the next 15 years.

On being promoted to Inspector at the Internal Affairs Unit in 2003, Mr Zanetti assisted with Kennedy Royal Commission reforms and was instrumental in the implementation of a professional standards early intervention system which has since been adopted in agencies across Australia and in New Zealand.

In 2005 he was promoted to Superintendent managing Security Operations, and also worked on projects and reforms to increase the agency’s counter terrorism and emergency management capabilities.

From 2008 Mr Zanetti led the South East Metropolitan District, and relieved as Assistant Commissioner Strategy and Performance for an extended period before being promoted to Commander Specialist Crime in 2011.

In 2012 Mr Zanetti was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and established the Reform and Business Improvement Portfolio. As Program Director for Frontline 2020, he led a program of reforms aimed at meeting resource and demand challenges, while providing the community with improved core policing services.

Mr Zanetti has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing) from Edith Cowan University and a Masters in Applied Criminology from the University of Cambridge.

Rick Howe – Insurance Commission of WA

Rick Howe was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the Insurance Commission of WA (ICWA) in February 2015.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in senior executive and consulting roles in financial services. He has over 10 years' experience in general insurance with previous roles including General Manager Insurance with ANZ, and Chief Manager, Distribution and Aggregated Products with Westpac Insurance.

Mr Howe is accountable for the insurance operations of the Insurance Commission, including the Fraud Investigations and Business Improvement functions.

Andrew Robertson – Department of Health

Dr Andrew Robertson is the Deputy Chief Health Officer and Director, Disaster Management at Western Australian Department of Health. Dr Robertson is also a Commodore in the Royal Australian Naval Reserves. Dr Robertson has been an active member of the naval reserves since leaving the full-time Navy in 2003, when he joined WA Health.

Before, Dr Robertson had spent 20 years serving as a doctor in the Navy and left with the rank of Captain.

As well as his work with WA Health’s Disaster Management Directorate (which earned him the Public Service Medal in 2013), Dr Robertson is also often found working with international medical teams at the scenes of natural disasters.

Anne Still – Representative of all road users

Anne StillAnne Still is General Manager - Public Policy within RAC’s Advocacy and Members team. Her role is to work together with partners to help deliver RAC’s Mobility Agenda of safe, easy and sustainable transport for Western Australians including RAC’s one million members.

She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and has both public sector and private sector consulting experience, having delivered transport projects in Australia, the UAE, the UK and New Zealand.
Anne is a member and a past President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management; and a member of the Western Australian Road Safety Council, the Black Spot Consultative Panel, the Australian Automobile Association’s Public Policy Forum and RAC’s Innovation Board. She is also Project Leader of RAC’s Automated Vehicle Program.

Road Safety Management Capacity Review

Road safety management capacity is defined as our readiness and capability to implement the necessary actions in an effective, efficient and timely manner and achieve the changes in policy, standards and practice required to create a safe road transport system.

To ensure that Western Australia has the necessary capacity to launch the implementation of Towards Zero and to realise ambitious results, the Road Safety Council commissioned a team of international experts in 2010 to conduct a road safety management capacity review using a 'state of the art' road safety management assessment framework developed and used by the World Bank. It is built upon global good practice and has been adopted by both the International Transport Forum and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The Capacity Review Team made over 90 wide ranging recommendations based on this road safety management framework. In response, the Road Safety Council established a working party to analyse the Report and to prepare recommendations for Government. The recommendations in this report were endorsed by the Road Safety Council at its July 2011 meeting.