• What is TARS?

    Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research is a research group at UNSW dedicated entirely to road and transport safety research. The philosophy of the road and transport safety research focus at the TARS is the safe system principle, commonly used in occupational health and safety and adopted by the Australian Transport Council in 2004. Read more..

Latest Transport and Road Safety News

Quad Bike Workplace Safety Survey

Do you use a quad bike for work purposes? If so, we would like you to complete this survey. The survey seeks to understand quad bike use and related crashes and injuries that occur in the workplace in Australia and New Zealand.


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New Motorcycle Training and Assessment for Victoria

Following a major research initiative led by TARS Research, VicRoads has introduced new mandatory training courses and assessments to gain a motorcycle licence in Victoria. Going back to first principles, TARS Research led a team of motorcycling and education specialists to develop on-road as well as off-road coaching and assessment protocols, with a focus on increasing attention to awareness, judgment and decision making. The courses were developed and piloted during 2014-2016 and the project summary report is now available.


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Young Drivers: Key Players and Their Interactions

A collaborative research article involving TARS Research was released this week exploring who are the key players in Australian’s young driver road safety system and how well do they interact. This qualitative study focused on the Queensland system, including over 80 interviews with identified stakeholders. Of the multiple organisational strata identified, key players were found to interact to some extent within their stratum, but less than optimally across different strata.


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When a Driver's Licence is Not Just About Driving…

In a collaborative study released today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, we found that a driver's licence means a whole lot more than just access to driving in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In four New South Wales and South Australian communities, having a driver’s licence was associated with significantly greater likelihood of full-time employment and educational attainment.


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