Road Trauma Awareness Seminar program

The program is delivered in collaboration with magistrates, prosecutors and defence lawyers to include education as a component of sentencing for traffic offenders. The Road Trauma Awareness Seminar (RTAS) program has been growing for more than ten years and is delivered in 31 locations across Victoria each month. The 2019 calendar is available now.

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Program overview

The program is based on a sound theoretical model of restorative justice principles and three psychological models:

  1. Narrative Discourse
  2. Experiential Learning
  3. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

It encourages behavioural change through a process of education, reflection and prevention.

Our program aligns with the Victorian Government’s Safe System approach to improve driver attitudes and behaviours to support safer road user behaviour.

The program includes:

  • 2 1/2 hour seminar
  • 31 state-wide locations
  • Small groups of 10 participants per seminar
  • Sound educational theories
  • Interactive, exploring risks and alternatives to current driving practices
  • Participant follow up and ongoing contracted behaviour modification
  • Participant behaviour/attitude self-assessments
  • Working in collaboration with education and enforcement complements existing enforcement
  • Conversations with people impacted by trauma on our roads
  • Helps to reduce illegal driving behaviour and rates of recidivism

Key learning outcomes

Participants commonly start the program displaying disinterest, bravado and lack of remorse. However, due to the program’s focus on behaviour change rather than blame, participants typically experience a noticeable shift in attitude. They are empowered to make choices toward being a safer road user.

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“I will now respect fellow road users and consider how my decisions may affect others. I am going to also add a physical reminder to my car on how important it is to drive safely.”

“Thanks to the Road Trauma Awareness Seminar I have taken away that I need to be more aware of the people around me and to think about the consequences of my actions and how it could impact other lives in a major way.” Lachlan

“This program has taught me never to drink and drive again but, more importantly, I will be educating my children about the importance of road safety and setting an example.” Stephen

Other programs

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria routinely delivers other programs and educational sessions for specific audiences. For more information on any of our education services, please contact Chris Harrison at or 1300 367 797.

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