Road safety in Western Australia is managed within a well-defined administrative framework.
The Road Safety Council (RSC) comprises members from key government agencies, as well as representatives from the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, Local Government and the Royal Automobile Club (RAC), representing road users.
The RSC is supported by the Road Safety Commission.
Together they provide strong leadership and coordination in the key areas of policy, research, program evaluation and community education.
Ministerial Council on Road Safety
Recognising that road safety rests with more than one Minister, the Ministerial Council on Road Safety was formed by Government to ensure important road safety initiatives are progressed at a Ministerial level in a coordinated and effective manner. The Governance Charter outlines the purpose, membership and structure of the Council.
Meet your Western Australian Road Safety Council members:
Kim Papalia - Commissioner, Road Safety Commission
Kim Papalia has some thirty five years in public sector management undertaking leadership roles in metropolitan and regional Western Australia managing diverse districts, divisions and business areas. He is acknowledged as having expertise, experience and skills in policy development and implementation addressing diverse regulatory issues involving community safety, serious and organised crime and hazard management.
Kim holds a strong interest in sustainability, collaborative engagement and strategies to foster the creation of robust communities. His experience includes responsibility for the management of multiple covert policing units, leadership of Royal Commission and multi-agency taskforces, murder investigations, corruption prevention, the investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity in addition to the implementation of community strategies to respond to significant social challenges.
Kim has held responsibility for the development and implementation of strategies to mitigate harm associated with volume crime, drug and alcohol abuse, family and domestic violence and road safety. He developed and implemented a State wide strategy to enhance capability and capacity for the emergency response to incidents of natural catastrophic events, terrorism or serious criminal conduct and has led the response to natural disasters including the devastation caused by fire and cyclone events.
While currently continuing study, Kim has previously obtained a Master Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) and an Associate Degree (Social Science) in addition to various post graduate qualifications in Law.
Des Snook - Main Roads Western Australia
Des Snook is a civil engineer and has worked for Main Roads Western Australia for 26 years. As the Executive Director of Road Network Services, he has experience in road construction and maintenance, project and contract management, and bridge design and construction. Within Main Roads, Des has responsibility for traffic and safety.
Geoff Amphlett - Western Australian Local Government Association
Geoff Amphlett is a Councillor and former Deputy Mayor at the City of Joondalup, and has been a member of the WALGA State Council since 2010. He started his working life as an engineering designer and has worked variously as an engineering officer in the British merchant navy, project engineer, project manager and WA state manager. He has also experienced the highs and lows of running his own businesses. Geoff sits on several committees and is the chair of Joondalup’s Strategic Financial Management Committee. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an active Justice of the Peace, regularly assisting at Joondalup Magistrates Court.
Dr Tarun Weeramanthri - Department of Health
Professor Tarun Weeramanthri is Executive Director, Public Health and Clinical Services Division, WA Health. He has served as Chief Health Officer in two jurisdictions (Northern Territory 2004-2007, and Western Australia 2008-present). He graduated from UWA, has a PhD in social medicine from University of Sydney, and is a Fellow of Leadership WA. His interests are in the contribution public health can make to Aboriginal health improvement, health disaster planning and response, use of new social networking technologies in public health and the implementation of health policy. He has previously worked in the injury prevention field, and was appointed to the WA Road Safety Council in 2012.
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.
Nina Lyhne - Department of Transport
Nina Lyhne was appointed Acting Managing Director of Transport Services in January 2011. Nina was previously the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner and Executive Director of WorkSafe. Her work experience has involved working in diverse roles across Government and includes time as the Executive Director of the Road Safety Commission. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
John Chortis - Department of Planning
John provides coordination and planning of major infrastructure projects in response to the State’s significant population growth.
These projects include the Departments strategic assessment of land uses and infrastructure proposals for the Fremantle Outer Harbour, infrastructure to support the Murdoch specialised activity centre which includes Fiona Stanley Hospital, and planning for future industrial land in the Perth, Peel and Greater Bunbury Regions.
John’s team of professional land use planners, economists, transport and engineering specialists undertakes integrated land use and transport network projects and programs as well as providing design and statutory transport planning advice to a wide range of local government, state government and industry stakeholders across the State.
Anne Still - RAC
Anne is the Senior Manager, Policy and Research based within RAC’s Advocacy and Members team. The team helps deliver RAC’s Mobility Agenda of ensuring safe, accessible and sustainable mobility for RAC members and all road users (cyclists, pedestrians, public transport users, motorists and motorcyclists) in the Western Australian community.
Anne manages the formulation of RAC policy papers and demonstration projects relating to road safety, vehicles, congestion, transport affordability, land use and transport planning. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts (honours) and has both public sector and private sector consulting experience having led the delivery of transport projects in Australia, Dubai, New Zealand and the UK.
Anne is also a National Council member and Western Australian Branch President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management, the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan Implementation Reference Group, the Australian Automobile Association Technical Working Group and the Western Australian Black Spot Consultative Panel. She is passionate about the role of transport in connecting people and in developing safe, well-functioning and sustainable cities and places.
Craig Donaldson APM, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Western Australia Police Service
Mr Donaldson’s policing background is predominately working in regional and remote areas as well as investigative, project and specialist area responsibilities.
At Commissioned Officer rank he has been responsible for remote area infrastructure, overseeing Specialist Units, Principal of the Police Academy as well as overseas recruiting and leading multi-jurisdictional incident response teams to the United Kingdom and United States.
Mr Donaldson is a Fellow of Leadership WA, alumni of the Australia and New Zealand Police Leadership Strategy and holds an Associate Degree in Social Science, Graduate Certificate of Applied Management and a Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management.
Craig is currently the Acting Assistant Commissioner, Specialist and Support Services, overseeing State Traffic Operations.
The Road Safety Council produces communiqué for each of their meetings. The latest communiqué are available for download below.
To download communiqué from previous years, please visit the communiqués
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.
Both papers can be found in the links provided below:
|The Independent Road Safety Management Capacity Review Report - written by Eric Howard, Jean Breen and Tony Bliss
||PDF (180 page 3.3 MB)
|Road Safety Council Response to the Independent Road Safety Management Capacity Review
||PDF (30 page 2.3 MB)
Report on Activities
The Road Safety Council is required to produce annual reports on its activities for the Minister for Police; Road Safety.