The Western Australian Centre for Road Safety Research

The Western Australian Centre for Road Safety Research

The Western Australian Centre for Road Safety Research (WACRSR) has been established to conduct research into new and innovative approaches to road safety in Western Australia.

The WACRSR is located on the land of the Whadjuk Noongar people at The University of Western Australia. Established in 2019, WACRSR is dedicated entirely to road safety research. It is a joint initiative of the WA Road Safety Commission and is supported by a Main Roads WA Fellowship. Our remit is ‘Working together Towards Zero’.

WACRSR research spans all pillars of the safe system and adopts a systems approach to work across all Government departments, Industry and community sectors. Situated in the School of Psychological Science, the Centre enjoys strong partnerships with colleagues at one of Australia’s leading psychology departments. This furthers the Centre’s strength in understanding human behaviour, with team members spanning psychology, epidemiology, neuropharmacology and engineering disciplines. WACRSR’s research program focuses on transformative and translational research. With WA Australia’s largest state in size, a particular specialty is ensuring advances in road safety reach our regions and remote communities, not only our capital cities and built-up areas.


“A genuinely transformational change is needed to move away from approaches that amount to a coping mechanism to one that proactively fixes the problem once and for all.”

National Road Safety Strategy

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Simulator Launched on the 27th February 2024

A new hi-tech driving simulator, which can realistically replicate a range of driving conditions, will enable researchers at The University of Western Australia to investigate a range of safety issues with the aim of reducing serious crashes on our roads.

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Working together Towards Zero

Research Focus Areas

WACRSR delivers research evidence s to support the State Government’s Driving Change Strategy to reduce death and serious injury on Western Australian roads

Current projects

These are the projects that we are currently working on and the projects that were recently completed.

Human Factors

Our human factors/simulation research studies examine how aspects of human behaviour affect road safety, including driver distraction and fatigue.


Our simulation labs consist of car and bike simulator and a newly installed advanced driving simulator that will replicate cycling and driving environments.

Main Roads WA

Our work for Main Roads Western Australia focuses on making the roads safer for all Western Australians by undertaking in-depth evaluations of road programs, road design assessments, billboard safety and other road safety issues.

Honours and PhD Projects

These are the projects that our students are working on or have undertaken recently.

Get in contact



We are reachable Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

+61 8 6488 1904
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Western Australian Centre for Road Safety Research, School of Psychological Science M304, 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, 6009

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Our staff

Find out about research staff and prior research reports

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