Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) is committed to educating the community and raising public awareness about road trauma and how it affects people’s lives. We do this by positively influencing driver attitudes and behaviours with the aim of reducing crashes and the resulting trauma.
RTSSV delivers a range of educational services that reach more than 7,500 people each year.
COVID-19 UPDATE 28 September 2021
In response to the most recent lockdown and restrictions in Victoria, we have changed how we deliver our program to keep our participants, facilitators, and volunteers safe. For the remainder of 2021, all seminars will be offered online.
RTAS are delivered in conjunction with the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria to traffic offenders as part of sentencing options. RTAS has been growing for more than ten years and is delivered in 33 locations across Victoria each month —2021 calendar.
Due to the likelihood of ongoing restrictions and/or lockdown periods you should only book into online seminars for the remainder of 2021. If you are unable to attend an online seminar, please see the instructions below.
RTAS Online Program
The RTAS Online Program is delivered using web-conferencing through the application Zoom. To participate in group sessions using web-conferencing, participants will need access to either a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. Participants will need to have the application Zoom downloaded on their devices. Zoom may also be downloaded to mobile phones.
Anyone can book into any program that is offered as an online ZOOM seminar, no matter where you live across the State.
What if I can’t do an RTAS Online Program?
We know this online option may not work for everyone. We will work with you and Magistrates to assist those referred, have every opportunity of adhering to court directions and in providing support to courts with reasons that orders may need to wait to attend an RTAS. If you have any queries, please contact us on 1300 367 797 or email email@example.com.
This program is specifically aimed at diverting young people from further entry into the justice system, working with the Children’s Court Youth Diversion Service and Victoria Police. It is currently offered across the state as required. We are also developing a Koori specific program in conjunction with Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-Op based in Horsham. For more information, please contact Chris Harrison, Education Services Manager, on 1300 367 797 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is a two-session program delivered to repeat offenders in conjunction with Community Corrections Services Victoria.
Workplace Education Programs
Education and wellbeing sessions for the workplace are a part of a proactive workplace health and safety strategy.
At RTSSV, we have a team that can work with you to build a program that adds value to your existing training programs and that will have a positive impact on your staff at all levels.
Our interactive programs use your stories to personalise content and are based on sound theoretical foundations.
Below are two programs developed after working with workplaces, and they will assist you in seeing what we do and can be a starting point that can be adapted to suit your specific needs.
We can also meet with you to investigate what’s happening in your sector, and then we can co-create programs with you that meet these needs and link to other internal activities and policies.
We will listen to your stories, issues, and concerns at both the management level and with staff on the ground to see:
- Where you are at now
- Where do you want to be
- How do you get there
Workplace Wellbeing Program is specifically designed to help workplaces and their employees understand the effects of exposure to stressful, distressing, and traumatic situations and images.
The information presented focuses on being proactive and responsive in your role and still looking after your wellbeing.
Workplace Road Safety Program assists organisations in supporting their staff to drive more responsibly and safely. The program aims to reduce work-related motor vehicle incidents that impact worker safety, property damage, insurance claims, and premiums. A real story of someone impact by road trauma is a highlight of these sessions to drive home the messages.
An opportunity for sporting clubs and community groups to look at road safety with their peers and leaders. The Best Drive Ever program can complement programs such as ‘Good Sports’ and ‘Looking After Your Mates’. For more information, please contact Chris Harrison, Education Services Manager, on 1300 367 797 or email@example.com.
We have specific programs aimed at young people about driving safely. If you’re a young person wanting to make a difference, teach or work with young people and would like to see this program in your school, youth group or a community organisation. For more information, please contact Chris Harrison, Education Services Manager, on 1300 367 797 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for community groups
We can provide information sessions for a community group, for example, Rotary, Probus and APEX. For more information, please contact Chris Harrison, Education Services Manager, on 1300 367 797 or email@example.com.
Help inspire people to be safer on our roads.
People who have been personally impacted by road trauma play a critical role in raising awareness.
Help promote road safety in your local community.
• Have you been involved in a serious road incident?
• Are you looking to share your story with others in the hope that one less family is impacted by road trauma?
RTSSV delivers local education programs that address the attitudes and behaviours of road users. Volunteers share their personal stories to get the road safety message out into the community and ultimately save lives!
If you have been:
• injured or had a family member/friend injured or die
• first on the scene at a serious road incident
• a witness to a road incident
• a driver involved in a serious road incident
• an emergency service worker attending a road incident
…we would like to speak to you.
Ninety-five per cent of our participants commit to changing how they approach driving, and our volunteer’s stories play a huge part in that.
“Lifesaving for sure. It has improved my sense of self-worth after our family’s tragic event. It helped me rebuild and re-energise my life to give it meaning and purpose. It has given me opportunities to connect and develop meaningful relationships with like-minded people.”