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Mob Rules: Doing road safety business in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (Woorabinda case study)

Colin Edmonston & Kylie Major-Oakley

National Indigenous Road Safety Forum

November, 2010

  • Traditional Owners, Elders, Councillors and communities of Central Queensland, in particular Woorabinda
  • Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport
  • Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland
  • Department of Transport & Main Roads
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Central Queensland Indigenous Development
About Us …
  • Small decentralised team
  • Responsible for road safety delivery In Central and Central West Queensland (34% of the state)

Program Delivery …

  • School transport safety (SCSS = 244 supervisors, SafeST)
  • Driver Reviver (8 sites + 600 volunteers)
  • Youth Drive Alive and CHOICES
  • Road safety and licensing sessions with at-risk groups
  • SKIPPER Designated Driver Program
  • Driver fatigue project in the Bowen Basin (mining focus)
  • Woorabinda Road Safety Trial*
Woorabinda Road Safety Trial (1)
  • Community–Government-University–Industry partnership (part-time Road Safety Officer based in Woorie)
  • Two primary objectives:
    • Deliver road safety activities and outcomes for the Woorabinda community in Central region
    • Establish protocols (guidelines) for the development and delivery of Indigenous road safety programs
  • Local priorities:licensing (100hrs); restraint use; road safety education in schools; roadworthy vehicles

Restraint use

  • Booster seats and restraints donated to day care centre
  • Free hire scheme
  • Information sessions for Mums and staff on laws, safety and fitting requirements
  • QPS active referral agent
  • High usage rates
Road safety education in schools
  • Road safety as the theme for art classes in 2010
  • Potential to integrate road safety through the newly developed Prep to P9 curriculum
  • Youth Drive Alive in 2011
  • Wadja students referred to licensing sessions (mine placements)

Fatality Free Friday

  • Restraint info sessions (TMR)
  • Roadworthy session + checks (QPS)
  • Triage and first-aid info session (QH)
  • Road safety + licensing session (TMR)
  • CQID training vehicle demo (CQID)
  • Competitions, BBQ cooked by QH
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Licensing – Being a Safe and Legal Driver (L)

“Who’s on your right?”

“Whether you like them or not, you can’t run them over.”

“Signs, lines and lights rule!”

“Don’t get T-boned.”

“Get about the roundabout.”







“Fatal 5” – “protect your family/mates”


Written tests marked by TMR official and securely stored at CDEP

  • RSO works with applicant to meet EOI requirements
  • RSO liaises with applicant and SPER
  • RSO acts as link between applicant and QPS (local licensing agent)
ngudyamba muraga teach car
“Ngudyamba Muraga” – “Teach Car”
  • Supervision offered in the community by accredited CQID trainers (not-for-profit)
  • Bookings coordinated by CDEP – tracking people through the licensing process
  • Services offered in urban areas – including theory sessions
  • Maximising work trips through CDEP (real potential to address 100 hour requirement)
  • Local police and Driving Examiners test
guidelines for program development 1
Guidelines for Program Development (1)
  • Consultation should be ongoing and involve:
    • Locals as leaders (not listeners)
    • Adherence to local communication and engagement protocols
    • Appropriate lead-in and decision-making time
    • Community profiling (to map resources/opportunities)
    • Transparency in process (the journey together)
  • Program objectives should:
    • Address local priorities
    • Provide practical, sustainable solutions
    • Be evidence-based
    • Focus on people, not politics (who to engage with)
guidelines for program development 2
Guidelines for Program Development (2)
  • Program design should:
    • Link road safety to higher community priorities (eg. employment, mentoring)
    • Acknowledge “context” and the value of risk minimisation
    • Balance punitive measures with positive measures
    • Build in evaluation with realistic expectations
    • Maximise $$$ spent on delivery vs administration
    • Clearly define governance and local support structure (Kylie)
    • Consider all aspects of a ‘safe system’
    • Acknowledge ‘awareness’ underpins all behaviour change
  • Stakeholders need to be:
    • Competent + Committed
    • Cooperative/Coordinated – sharing $$$, resources, knowledge and success
    • Cashed up 
guidelines for program delivery 1
Guidelines for Program Delivery (1)
  • Facilitator is the most valuable resource!!!
  • Link with local cultural and sporting events
  • Flexibility to accommodate Murri time or priority changes
  • Tips for effective education:
    • Learning by doing and visuals!!!
    • Group learning (train the trainer)
    • Interactive, engaging sessions
    • “Leggo approach” - consistent, repetitive messages
    • Use of humour + local examples
  • “Work together, play together”
  • “Open door policy”
  • Celebrate small successes
what s next for us
What’s next for us?
  • Continue to tackle the licensing imperative (focus on 100 hour supervision requirement in partnership with CQID and CDEP) – better coordination across the state
  • Engage community in road safety infrastructure decision-making and delivery (learn from NSW experience)
  • Ongoing funding for RSO position!!!
  • Census data collection project – partnership with ABS
  • SURVEY – Feedback from other jurisdictions on “what works” in program development and delivery (inform guidelines)