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Road Safety Audit for Non-Auditors

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Road safety audit

Course overview

This training course introduces the basics of road safety auditing and related key aspects, providing non-auditors with an appreciation of the importance and benefits of audits and a sound understanding of the RSA process. It is not intended to turn non-auditors into road safety auditors; rather, it provides sufficient coverage of road safety auditing to provide non-auditors with insight into and an understanding of the process, making them better equipped to engage with it.

The course commences by highlighting existing road safety trends across Australia and where we stand compared to other countries.  It presents a broader concept, definition and the primary objectives of road safety auditing, as well as briefly explaining what road safety audits are and their importance in creating a safer road environment for all road users.

Course participants will gain an overview of the Safe System approach, including its key principles and the foundational pillars that establish its focus for action. The course covers the integration of these Safe System principles with the road safety audit process at different stages of the Infrastructure Life Cycle. 

The course highlights the key stakeholders involved in the RSA process, with a primary focus on where non-auditors fit in the broader stakeholder structure.  A discussion of audit types and the typical RSA process gives a detailed overview of each phase of the audit process and the role of all stakeholders, with information about the role of non-auditors in each phase and their contribution to a successful audit and road safety outcome. 

The concepts presented in the course are reinforced by a case study involving role-play and interactive sessions with participants to discuss critical aspects. This also highlights the importance of recording effective responses to the RSA findings, closing the loop and record management.

The course closes by providing useful advice on where to find further practical guidance and learning, including Austroads publications, jurisdiction websites and other practitioner resources.


Level: Intermediate

Half Day

Delivery method:
In person






Event contact

  +61 3 9881 1555

Meet the speakers


__David McTiernan


David McTiernan

National Leader Transport Safety, Safer Smarter Infrastructure 


Ali Raza

Principal Professional, Safer Smarter Infrastructure


Paul Hillier circle


Paul Hillier

Principal Professional Leader, Transport Certification




Emily McLean

Portfolio Leader, Infrastructure Safety Management 


  • Learning Outcomes
  • Target Audience
  • Course Content

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of road safety auditing, its importance and its objectives.
  • Develop an appreciation of how Safe System principles and road safety auditing integrate with the Road Infrastructure Life Cycle to create a safer environment for road users.
  • Understand the basic concepts and objectives of the Safe System approach.
  • Have a clear understanding of the differences between road safety audits and Safe System assessments and how they complement each other to get maximum road safety benefits.
  • Develop a sound understanding of who the key stakeholders in a road safety audit are and where non-auditors fit in the broader structure.
  • Develop an appreciation of which audit types are commissioned in the pre-construction, construction and post-construction stage of a project.
  • Understand the road safety audit process and its different phases.

Target Audience

Road and Transport Owner and Managing Agencies

  • Portfolio Directors and Asset Owners
  • Asset Management and Planning roles
  • Project Management and Design Lead roles
  • Traffic, Transport and Road Safety roles
  • Construction Management roles
  • Road Safety Grants Evaluation roles

Contractors, Developers and Consultants

  • Construction and Project Manager roles
  • Development Planning roles
  • Traffic and Transport specialists
  • Designer and Planning roles

1.    Introduction to road safety auditing and the Safe System approach

  • Road safety in Australia
  • Road safety tools and infrastructure life cycle
  • Introduction to road safety auditing and road safety audits
  • Road safety auditing within the infrastructure life cycle
  • Introduction to the Safe System approach
  • Other road safety assessment and evaluation techniques
  • Differences between road safety audits and Safe System assessments
  • Importance and benefits of road safety audits

2.    Key stakeholders and where non-auditors fit in the process

  • Key stakeholders in a road safety audit
  • Where non-auditors fit in the process
  • Road safety accreditation in states and territories across Australia

3.    Road safety audit process and the role of non-auditors in each phase 

  • Road safety audits and their types
  • Typical road safety audit process
  • Commissioning phase
  • Auditor competency (SEKA model)
  • Conducting phase
  • Completion phase
  • Hierarchy of controls
  • Implementation phase
  • Closing the loop

4.    Road safety audit – a case study focusing on non-auditors’ perspective 

  • Introduction of the example project site
  • Discussion on factors that influenced the need for a road safety audit
  • Role-play an inception meeting
  • Interactive discussion focusing on what non-auditors should do in each of the following road safety audit phases:
  • Commissioning
  • Conducting
  • Completion
  • Implementation
  • Discussion of the report findings
  • Role-play a close-out meeting – how non-auditors should review and respond to identified risks, including taking advice from asset owners and subject matter experts in the project team
  • Discussion on the importance of closing the loop and record management