Road Safety Council

The Road Safety Council’s long term vision is of a road transport system where crashes resulting in death or serious injury are virtually eliminated in WA.

  • Established on 1 February 1997.

  • Led by a Chair appointed by the Minister for Road Safety.

  • Operates under the Road Safety Council Act 2002.

  • The Road Safety Commission provides administrative support and management.

The Road Safety Council has formal responsibility for advising Government on programs and initiatives for reducing road trauma in Western Australia.  It considers advice from evidence-based research, community consultation and from the main government agencies and other stakeholders who have a role in road safety.
The Council is led by a Chair and 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

  • Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (representing all road users)

  • Road Safety Commission

The Council’s functions are to:

  • Identify and recommend measures to improve the safety of the State’s roads;

  • Identify and recommend measures to reduce deaths and injuries resulting from road crashes;

  • Evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of these measures;

  • Evaluate and monitor the safety of roads in the State; and

  • Make recommendations to Government on the expenditure of monies allocated to the Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA).

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.

Road Safety Council of Western Australia - Councillors Governance Charter PDF (8 pages 359 KB)  
Road Safety Council of Western Australia - Code of Conduct PDF (7 pages 332 KB)  
Road Safety Council of Western Australia - Role and Responsibilities of the Chair PDF (3 pages 220 KB)  
Road Safety Council of Western Australia - Statement of Values PDF (1 page 264 KB)  

Road Safety Coordination in Western Australia

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 Governance Charter PDF (1 page 108 KB)  
Road Safety Coordination in Western Australia PDF (1 page 526 KB)  

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.

Member Profiles

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 AustraliaDes 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.

Photo of Tarun WeeramanthriDr 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 EducationLindsay 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 TransportNina 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 PlanningJohn 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.

Prof Murray Lampard APM - Independent ChairAnne 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.

2015 Meetings

Communiqué of the Road Safety Council - July PDF (1 page 142 KB)  
Communiqué of the Road Safety Council - June PDF (2 pages 140 KB)  
Communiqué of the Road Safety Council - March PDF (2 pages 113 KB)  
Communiqué of the Road Safety Council - February PDF (2 pages 149 KB)  

To download communiqué from previous years, please visit the communiqués page.

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.

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.

2013/2014 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (42 page 551 KB)  
2012/2013 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (58 page 917 KB)  
2011/2012 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (45 page 487 KB)  
2010/2011 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (34 page 997 KB)  
2009/2010 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (34 page 1.1 MB)  
2008/2009 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (30 page 943 KB)  
2007 Annual Review of Arriving Safely PDF (32 page 960 KB)  
2006 Annual Review of Arriving Safely PDF (40 page 4.9 MB)  
2005 Annual Review of Arriving Safely PDF (40 page 838 KB)  
2004 Annual Review of Arriving Safely PDF (24 page 1 MB)  
2003 Annual Review of Arriving Safely PDF (28 page 1 MB)  

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Published: 4/11/2015 9:21:22 AM