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AANT Road Safety Award Finalists 2021

AANT Road Safety Award Finalists 2021 winners

AANT Road Safety Award Finalists 2021

Road crashes have a devastating and lasting impact in our community. That’s why AANT has introduced the Road Safety Award, which recognises individuals and groups in the community who have, through their dedication and efforts, improved road safety and/or helped reduce road trauma.

There are many in our community who take steps or act tirelessly to ensure the safety of others on the road. These awards recognise and appreciate genuine and significant efforts to improve road safety or reduce road trauma by individuals, groups, organisations and government agencies. The Gala Awards Presentation Dinner will be held on 22 October 2021

AANT Road Safety Award

DriveAbout evolves road safety education using edtech. DriveAbout converted the Drivers Licence User Handbook into competency-based animation of road rules and road safety principles, which is available to download. The animation comes in 14 languages, including eight indigenous languages. They are delivered from an app platform with a test, effectively replacing the road rule book and test. DriveAbout teamed up with Arnhem Land Progress Association to place a free ALPA DriveAbout in Indigenous Languages in app stores to impact road safety statistics, reduce incarceration and increase employability. DriveAbout also gifted $240,000 worth of interactive eBooks to Northern Territory youth to save lives.


Passport to Drive is empowering culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory (MCNT) delivers the Passport to Drive program, an education and training initiative that provides both theory/training and practical supervised driving experience to eligible visa holders, especially recently arrived migrants and refugees with low English proficiency. They assist clients in obtaining their Australian learner’s permit or driver’s licence to achieve employability and social participation skills. MCNT conducts free 3-day, 4-hour theory classes delivered by experienced professional trainers, with access to qualified interpreters upon request. The MCNT Passport to Drive half-price practical driving lessons minimises financial burden upon clients.

Central Desert Regional Council is dedicated to improving road safety in the region. Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) manages 1800kms of road network spread out through 283,000 square kilometres in central Australia. They have introduced a uniform traffic management manual for all communities prepared by industry experts. They have specific traffic signage plans/layouts for internal communities and main link roads, prepared by independent consultants based on road safety audit findings. CDRC has established in-house road maintenance crew that is mostly local Indigenous. As a result, the last five-year crash data found that no major issues were reported in the council region.


Train Safe NT is helping create a culture of road use safety. Train Safe NT has been operating since 2008, with a focus on training people for unsealed roads and the related hazards for high-speed driving on dirt roads. The organisation delivers nationally accredited training, offering programs in vehicle recovery, operation of quad bikes, side by side and tractors, four-wheel (4x4) drive operation and recovery, plus more. They also conduct assessment and offer formal recognition of skills to businesses and community groups. 50% of their clients are Indigenous, and they run 150 courses annually in 65 different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.