This audit assesses whether management of the Road Trauma Trust Account is effective, transparent and accountable in allocating funds collected from speed and red light camera infringements to improve road safety and reduce road trauma. We focused on answering three questions:
- Are all moneys collected through speed and red light camera infringements being transferred to the Road Trauma Trust Account and allocated in line with the State’s road safety strategy, Towards Zero?
- Do governance and internal assessment processes ensure that an effective combination of road safety measures is recommended to the Minister for funding?
- Do the Road Safety Council and Office of Road Safety ensure allocations are acquitted, and that projects are monitored and evaluated to inform future recommendations?
The audit focused on the roles of the Road Safety Council and the Office of Road Safety in managing the Account. It did not extend to the organisations represented on the Road Safety Council.
In conducting the audit, we:
- examined all 135 project files held by the Office of Road Safety covering projects funded in 2010–11 and 2011–12, and sighted a sample of funded projects
- examined documentation, including Towards Zero and other policy and planning documents
- interviewed staff in the Office of Road Safety and the Independent Chair of the Road Safety Council
- attended meetings of the Road Safety Council and examined agenda papers and minutes
- reviewed financial records of payments of fines money from the Departments of Transport and the Attorney General to Main Roads WA.
The audit was conducted in accordance with Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards.