Inquiry into Serious Injury

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Details about this inquiry can be accessed via the tabs above. 

On 29 November 2012 the Road Safety Committee received terms of reference to inquire into and report by 12 December 2013* on the Inquiry into Serious Injury.

The Final Report on the Inquiry into Serious Injury was tabled on Wednesday 28 May 2014.
Hard copies of the Report are available to be picked up from the Table Office in Parliament House or electronically via the Road Safety Committee website:

*Note: The reporting date was extended to 30 June 2014 by resolution of the Legislative Assembly on 26 June 2013.

For more information on the Road Safety Committee or the Inquiry into Serious Injury, please contact 03 8682 2846 or email

Terms of Reference

Received from the Legislative Assembly on 29 November 2012

That under s 33 the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, the Road Safety Committee is required to inquire into, consider and report no later than 12 December 2013* on the nature and extent of serious injury in motor vehicle accidents in Victoria and the Committee should:

  1. determine the appropriate methodology to identify the cost of a serious injury to the Victorian community and economy;

  2. identify processes, including the exchange of data and information between agencies, that will facilitate accurate, consistent and timely reporting of road related serious injuries;

  3. consider best practice definitions and measures of road related serious injury and injury severity, and recommend how road related serious injuries and their severity should be identified and reported in Victoria;

  4. determine the correlation between reductions in fatalities and serious injuries (including for different levels of severity) resulting from different road safety countermeasures;

  5. identify cost effective countermeasures to reduce serious injury occurrence and severity; and

  6. identify best practice in managing long term reductions in serious injury including raising the profile of the serious injury burden.

Download an electronic Adobe PDF version of the above Terms of Reference here: pdf Terms of reference 26.01 Kb


*Note: the reporting date was extend to 30 June 2014 by resolution of the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.


Submissions for the Inquiry into Serious Injury closed on 22 March 2013.

The Committee received submissions from the following individuals and organisations:

                    1. Confidential
                    2. Confidential
                    3. pdf McMahon, J. (624.88 Kb)
                    4. pdf Deighton-Smith, R. (546.05 Kb)
                    5. pdf Stewart, L. (66.39 Kb)
                      pdf Stewart, L. - attachment 1 (431.12 Kb)
                      pdf Stewart, L. - attachment 2 (3.53 Mb)
                    6. pdf Clarke, C. (203.58 Kb)
                    7. pdf Vilenius, A. (488.89 Kb)
                    8. pdf Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne (9.52 Mb)
                    9. pdf Dr Andreassen, D. (1.00 Mb)
                    10. pdf Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV)  (830.50 Kb)
                      pdf Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) - attachment 1 (1.23 Mb)
                    11. pdf Dr Garrard, J. (3.49 Mb)
                    12. pdf Gill, H. (1.18 Mb)
                    13. pdf Municipal Association of Victoria (819.42 Kb)
                    14. pdf Safe Work Australia (2.62 Mb)
                      pdf Safe Work Australia - attachment 1 (830.69 Kb)
                    15. pdf Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q) (262.19 Kb)
                    16. pdf Actuaries Institute (2.10 Mb)
                    17. pdf Andatech Corporation Pty Ltd (1.14 Mb)
                    18. pdf Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (1.12 Mb)
                    19. pdf Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) (611.99 Kb)
                    20. pdf Alfred Health (3.06 Mb)
                    21. pdf SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research (803.26 Kb)
                    22. pdf Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (1021.71 Kb)
                    23. pdf ARRB Group (1.08 Mb)
                    24. pdf Office of Road Safety WA (839.92 Kb)
                    25. pdf Law Institute of Victoria (815.50 Kb)
                    26. pdf Maurice Blackburn Lawyers (334.28 Kb)
                    27. pdf Australian Physiotherapy Association (446.72 Kb)
                    28. pdf Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) (748.08 Kb)
                    29. pdf Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) (7.75 Mb)
                    30. pdf Department of Health (1.14 Mb)
                    31. pdf VicRoads (6.94 Mb)
                    32. pdf Victoria Police (453.19 Kb) (re-submitted on 21 June 2013)
                      pdf Victoria Police - ADDENDUM (565.16 Kb)
                    33. pdf Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research (896.60 Kb)
                    34. pdf Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd (445.33 Kb)
                    35. pdf Transport Accident Commission (TAC) (4.36 Mb)
                    36. pdf Driveschool Enterprises Pty Ltd (437.61 Kb)
                      pdf Driveschool Enterprises Pty Ltd - attachment 1 (364.12 Kb)
                    37. Confidential

Hearings and Transcripts

The Road Safety Committee held public hearings on the Inquiry into Serious Injury. Transcripts and presentations from the public hearings are available for download on this page.

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Monday 22 July 2013

55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne

9.30am - 10.15am Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne
pdf Transcript (50.98 Kb)
pdf Presentation (12.89 Mb)

10.15am - 11.00am Dr Jan Garrard
pdf Transcript (69.21 Kb)
pdf Presentation (634.65 Kb)

11.15am - 12.00pm Jaguar Consulting
pdf Transcript (54.81 Kb)
pdf Presentation (6.13 Mb)

12.00pm - 12.45pm Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)
pdf Transcript (43.11 Kb)

2.00pm - 2.45pm Alfred Health
pdf Transcript (71.05 Kb)

2.45pm - 3.45pm Department of Health
pdf Transcript (98.94 Kb)
pdf Presentation (427.14 Kb)


Tuesday 23 July 2013

ARRB Group, 500 Burwood Highway, Vermont South

10.15am - 11.45am ARRB Group
pdf Transcript (121.54 Kb)
pdf Presentation - Chris Jurewicz (2.38 Mb)
pdf Presentation - Chris Jurewicz part 2 (682.98 Kb)
pdf Presentation - Van Hoang (2.66 Mb)
pdf Presentation - Cliff Naude (263.03 Kb)

12.30pm - 2.00pm Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
pdf Transcript (156.61 Kb)
pdf Presentation (347.52 Kb)


Monday 5 August 2013

Parliament House, Sydney

9.30am - 10.15am Neuroscience Research Australia
pdf Transcript (55.20 Kb)

10.15am - 11.00am Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research, University of NSW
pdf Transcript (50.99 Kb)

11.15am - 12.00pm Transport for NSW
pdf Transcript (71.16 Kb)

12.00pm - 12.45pm The George Institute for Global Health
pdf Transcript (103.73 Kb)
pdf Presentation (864.61 Kb)

1.30pm - 2.15pm Sapere Research Group
pdf Transcript (52.63 Kb)
pdf Presentation (375.14 Kb)

2.15pm - 3.00pm Actuaries Institute
pdf Transcript (22.21 Kb)


Tuesday 6 August 2013

Parliament House, Canberra

9.30am - 10.45am The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)
pdf Transcript (119.23 Kb)

10.45am - 11.30am Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP)
pdf Transcript (71.21 Kb)

11.45am - 12.30pm Safe Work Australia
pdf Transcript (68.39 Kb)


Tuesday 10 September 2013

55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne

9.45am - 10.30am Victorian State Trauma Outcomes Registry and Monitoring Group (VSTORM)
pdf Transcript (72.71 Kb)
pdf Presentation (386.71 Kb)

10.30am - 11.15am Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV)
pdf Transcript (70.49 Kb)
pdf Presentation (1.54 Mb)

11.30am - 12.15pm Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
pdf Transcript (60.97 Kb)

12.15pm - 1.00pm Department of Health WA
pdf Transcript (33.21 Kb)

2.00pm - 2.45pm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
pdf Transcript (67.80 Kb)

2.45pm - 3.30pm Office of Road Safety WA
pdf Transcript (60.42 Kb)


Wednesday 11 September 2013

55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne

9.30am - 11.00am VicRoads
pdf Transcript (134.06 Kb)
pdf Presentation (238.09 Kb)

11.15am - 12.00pm Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC)
pdf Transcript (78.37 Kb)

1.00pm - 2.00pm Victoria Police
pdf Transcript (99.17 Kb)

2.00pm - 3.30pm Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
pdf Transcript (119.99 Kb)
pdf Presentation (1.89 Mb)

3.45pm - 4.30pm ARRB Group Ltd
pdf Transcript (45.86 Kb)
pdf Presentation (1.25 Mb)


Monday 28 October 2013

Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne

1.00pm - 1.45pm Centre for Health Economics - Monash University
pdf Transcript (43.05 Kb)

1.45pm - 2.30pm School of Economics - University of Queensland
pdf Transcript (65.88 Kb)
pdf Presentation (116.03 Kb)

2.30pm - 3.15pm Privacy Victoria
pdf Transcript (51.68 Kb)
pdf Presentation (187.82 Kb)
pdf Attachment 1 (2.90 Mb)
pdf Attachment 2 (1.70 Mb)

3.30pm - 4.15pm Research Centre for Injury Studies - Flinders University
pdf Transcript (60.68 Kb)
pdf Presentation (84.81 Kb)

4.15pm - 5.00pm Centre for Health Economics - Monash University
pdf Transcript (36.77 Kb)
pdf Presentation (334.99 Kb)