Staysafe (Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety)

The Staysafe (Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety) is a current joint standing committee, established 21 June 2007, re-established 22 June 2011.

The Staysafe Committee was established in 1982 to investigate and report on road safety matters in New South Wales, and has been reappointed at the commencement of each Parliament since that time. Its terms of reference include the review of countermeasures to reduce the incidence and severity of road crashes, and the monitoring of actions taken to address the social and economic consequences of road trauma.

The Staysafe Committee is able to determine its own inquiries within the broad framework of its overall terms of reference, but also acts on requests from Ministers and Parliament.

The Staysafe Committee has tabled 88 reports. As a result of these reports of the Committee, successive governments have taken a number of initiatives to improve road safety, including the introduction of random breath testing, changes to driver licensing practices (including the new graduated driver licensing system for young drivers), improvements in heavy vehicle safety, the development of more effective and efficient traffic enforcement, the revision of criminal law relating to road use, safer and more effective traffic control around schools, and the introduction of 50 km/h speed limits in urban areas.

Road safety efforts in New South Wales are co-ordinated through the Roads and Traffic Authority. Other government agencies involved in road safety efforts include New South Wales Police, the Motor Accidents Authority, NSW Health, the Ministry of Transport, the Department of Education and Training, and the Attorney General's Department. Significant non-governmental organisations involved in road safety activities in New South Wales include NRMA Motoring & Services, the Australasian College of Road Safety, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management, and Bicycle NSW. There are a number of research bodies involved in road safety in New South Wales, including the Injury Risk Management Research Centre (UNSW), the Institute for Trauma and Injury Management, and the George Institute for International Health (U.Syd).

A briefing note summarising the activities of the Staysafe Committee is available from the Secretariat. The briefing note has been produced for use by students and to better inform the general public.

Inquiries (click to show)

During the current parliament, no inquiries have been undertaken by the committee.

Records of earlier inquiries undertaken by the committee appear below:

ReferredInquiry Name
16/10/2013   Inquiry into Speed Zoning and its impact on the Demerit Points Scheme (Report Tabled)
19/11/2012   Non-registered Motorised Vehicles (Completed)
22/02/2012   Driver and Road User Distraction (Completed)
26/08/2011   School Zone Safety (Completed)
17/05/2010   Vulnerable Road Users (Completed)
06/05/2009   Ministerial Reference - Inquiry into Pedestrian Safety (Completed)
26/11/2008   Heavy Vehicle Safety (Completed)
26/11/2008   Updating Progress on Railway Level Crossing Safety (Completed)
21/08/2007   Young Driver Safety and Education Programs (Completed)
29/06/2006   Inquiry into the road safety situation in New South Wales over the period 2000-2005 - Mid-Term Review of Road Safety 2010 strategic plan (Completed)
13/10/2005   Insurance Australia Group (NRMA Insurance) Preferred Repairer Scheme and the motor vehicle smash repair industry: Safety, roadworthiness and crashworthiness issues (Completed)
28/03/2004   Review of road safety administration in New South Wales (Expired)
20/11/2003   Vehicle occupants riding on motor vehicles (Car surfing) (Completed)
30/10/2003   World Health Day 2004 road safety forum (Completed)
19/07/2003   Speed and motor vehicles: Vehicle-based measures to monitor, manage and control speed (Expired)
04/04/2001   Safety of railway level crossings (Completed)
03/06/1999   General Matters (Completed)
03/06/1999   Pedestrian Safety (Completed)
03/06/1999   Traffic control and safety around schools (Completed)
  Comments on organ and tissue donation (Completed)
  Progress In Improving The Safety Of Railway Level Crossings (Completed)

Submissions invited (click to show)


The committee is not actively receiving submissions at present. Past submissions may be available under the relevant inquiry.

Reports and government responses (click to show)

The committee has not published any reports during the current parliament.

Records of earlier reports published by the committee appear below:

Report DateName of the report
04/11/2014   Speed Zoning and Its Impact on the Demerit Points Scheme
18/03/2014   Non-registered motorised vehicles
27/03/2013   Report on Driver and Road User Distraction
27/03/2012   Inquiry into School Zone Safety
02/12/2010   Vulnerable Road Users - Inquiry into Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety
23/09/2010   Report on Heavy Vehicle Safety
02/12/2009   Report on Pedestrian Safety (Ministerial Reference)
24/06/2009   Report on Updating Progress on Railway Level Crossing Safety
12/11/2008   Report on Young Driver Safety & Education Programs
15/12/2006   Inquiry into road safety administration and mid-term review of the New South Wales Road Safety 2010 Strategy Report of an inquiry into actions undertaken in the Health portfolio to address the road safety situation in New South Wales, 2000-2005
15/12/2006   Inquiry into road safety administration and mid-term review of the New South Wales Road Safety 2010 Strategy Report of an inquiry into actions undertaken by the WorkCover Authority to address the road safety situation in New South Wales, 2000-2005
15/12/2006   Inquiry into road safety administration and mid-term review of the New South Wales Road Safety 2010 strategy Report of an inquiry into actions undertaken by the Motor Accidents Authority to address the road safety situation in New South Wales, 2000-2005
15/12/2006   Progress In Improving The Safety Of Railway Level Crossings
15/12/2006   Inquiry into road safety administration and mid-term review of the New South Wales road safety 2010 strategy. Report of an inquiry into actions undertaken in the Attorney General's portfolio to address the road safety situation in New South Wales, 2000-2005.
15/12/2006   Inquiry into road safety administration and mid-term review of the New South Wales Road Safety 2010 Strategy. Report of an inquiry into actions undertaken by the Roads and Traffic Authority to address the road safety situation in New South Wales, 2000-2005.
15/12/2006   Inquiry into road safety administration and mid-term review of the New South Wales Road Safety 2010 Strategy. Report of an inquiry into actions undertaken in the Police portfolio to address the road safety situation in New South Wales, 2000-2005.
15/12/2006   Repairing to a price, not a standard Report of an inquiry into motor vehicle smash repairs under the Insurance Australia Group (NRMA Inusrance) Preferred Repairer Scheme, and its implications for roadworthiness, crashworthiness, and road safety
15/12/2006   Inquiry into road safety administration and mid-term review of the New South Wales Road Safety 2010 Strategy Report of an inquiry into actions undertaken in the Environment portfolio to address the road safety situation in New South Wales, 2000-2005
15/12/2006   Inquiry into road safety administration and mid-term review of the New South Wales Road Safety 2010 strategy. Report of an inquiry into actions undertaken by agencies within the Transport portfolio to address the road safety situation in New South Wales, 2000-2005.
15/12/2006   Road Safety: From Local to Global perspectives. Proceedings of the 4th meeting of Australasian Parliamentary road safety committees, together with supplementary papers Monday 3 April 2006 and Tuesday 4 April 2006, Parliament House, Sydney.
15/12/2006   Inquiry into road safety administration and mid-term review of the New South Wales Road Safety 2010 Strategy. Report of an inquiry into actions undertaken in the Education and Training portfolio to address the road safety situation in New South Wales, 2000-2005.
30/06/2006   Brief comments on organ and tissue donations
30/06/2006   Improving the health of the motor vehicle insurance and smash repair industries: Shifting the focus to public safety
20/12/2005   Report of an inquiry into motor vehicle smash repairs under the Insurance Australia Group (NRMA Insurance) Preferred Repairer Scheme, and its implications for roadworthiness, crashworthiness, and road safety
22/09/2005   Aspects of motorcycle safety in New South Wales - Proceedings of seminars on issues in motorcycle safety held at Sydney, Friday 3 December 2004 and Tuesday 4 May 2005, and other selected papers.
26/10/2004   Report on road safety administration in New South Wales. Road traffic crashes in New South Wales in 2003
26/10/2004   Report on road safety administration in New South Wales. Road traffic crashes in New South Wales in 2002
21/10/2004   Report on the safety of railway crossings - Where roads and railway lines meet at substantially the same level
23/09/2004   Report on Car Surfing and the Carriage of Unrestrained and Unprotected passengers on Motor Vehicles
23/09/2004   Report on World Health Day - "Road Safety is no Accident"
24/07/2001   Traffic Control and Safety in the Vicinity of Schools Part 1: Major Recommendations and Summary
01/12/1998   Pedestrian safety. IV. Child pedestrian safety in New South Wales
01/05/1997   The Traffic Amendment (Street and Illegal Drag Racing) Act 1996
01/10/1996   A 50 km/h general urban speed limit for New South Wales Report

Members (click to show)

Position
Chair: Mr Greg APLIN (Lib, LA Member).
Deputy Chair: The Hon. Richard COLLESS (Nat, LC Member).
Members:Mr Chris HOLSTEIN (Lib, LA Member)
 Mr Ryan PARK (ALP, LA Member)
 Mr Andrew ROHAN (Lib, LA Member)
 Mr John WILLIAMS (Nat, LA Member)
 Reverend the Hon. Fred NILE (CDP, LC Member)
 The Hon. Walter SECORD (ALP, LC Member)

Contact (click to show)

RoleNamePhoneFaxEmail
Main contactBjarne Nordin(02) 9230 2843(02) 9230 3309staysafe@parliament.nsw.gov.au
DirectorElaine Schofield(02) 9230 2226(02) 9230 3052staysafe@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Research OfficerVedrana Trisic(02) 9230 2496(02) 9230 3309staysafe@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Committee OfficerJames Newton (02) 9230 3309staysafe@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Postal address (click to show)

Staysafe Committee, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000

Terms of Reference establishing Committee (click to show)

Resolution passed 22 June 2011, 55th Parliament, Votes and Proceedings No.23, Item 8, Page 7, as amended 24 November 2011, 55th Parliament, Votes and Proceedings No. 59, Item 25, Page 491.

A Joint Standing Committee (to be known as the Staysafe Committee) be appointed to inquire into and report on road safety in New South Wales with the following term of reference:
(1) As an ongoing task, the Committee is to -
(a) Monitor, investigate and report on the road safety situation in New South Wales; and
(b) Review and report on countermeasures aimed at reducing deaths, injuries and the social and economic costs to the community arising from road accidents.
(2) The Committee consist of five members of the Legislative Assembly and three members of the Legislative Council and that, notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders of either House, at any meeting of the Committee, any four members shall constitute a quorum provided that the Committee shall meet as a joint committee at all times.
(3) Mr Greg Aplin, Mr Stuart Ayres, Mr Robert Furolo, Mr Darren Webber and Mr John Williams be appointed to serve on the Committee as the members of the Legislative Assembly.
(4) The Committee have leave to sit and transact business during the sittings or any adjournment of either House, and despite any prorogation of the Houses of Parliament.
(5) The Committee have leave to make visits of inspection within the State of New South Wales and other States and Territories of Australia.
(6) A message be sent acquainting the Legislative Council of the resolution and requesting the Legislative Council to appoint three of its members to serve with the members of the Legislative Assembly upon the Committee, and to fix a time and place for the first meeting.