About The Programme
Compared to other non-indigenous Australian communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have substantially higher rates of road related deaths and injuries, increased barriers to driver licensing and an alarming rate of incarceration due to driving related offences.
The Programme, a partnership with the George Institute for Global Health, aimed to bring together and strengthen licensing and road safety services in communities that have a high density of indigenous young people.
It also helped raise knowledge and awareness in the community about road safety issues like speeding, car overcrowding, correct restraint use and drink driving.
Access to a car and gaining and maintaining a driving licence are critical factors for improving access to local services, employment and supporting the family.
Whilst the AstraZeneca Programme has come to an end after meeting its three year commitments, some sites will continue with government funding.
What did we want to achieve through the Programme?
- Reduce the number of road deaths: Fewer than 50% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths in remote communities report having a driving licence. Three times as many young people in these communities are involved in fatal road crashes compared to the rest of the population. This Programme sought to redress this balance.
- Provide a community owned solution: The Programme was initially implemented in three local communities: Redfern (inner Sydney), Shellharbour (coastal urban region), and Griffith (rural town). Through NSW Government funding, this project has been extended to nine further sites across NSW. Each ‘drop-in’ centre is based in a local Aboriginal community organisation, with the activities supported by a local stakeholder committee. Over 1,700 community stakeholders and organisations have been engaged with the existing sites.
- Youth Workers: Youth Workers have been trained and supported by The George Institute in each community to understand and provide guidance, helping young people to navigate the barriers to licensing and road safety. The youth workers are the ‘go to’ people in the community for all things licensing and road safety related, and will have contacts to existing support services to help the community access the systems and information they require.
- Increase licensing rates: This project is continuing to increase the ability of young people in indigenous communities to participate fully in society through gaining a driving licence. With greater capacity to obtain and continue to hold a valid driver’s licence, indigenous people will have an increased level of access to education, health and employment opportunities that may otherwise have been unattainable.
- Volunteering and fundraising: A comprehensive employee engagement programme for AstraZeneca Australia employees empowered individuals and teams to initiate fundraising and volunteering activities in support of the programme, building on the great work that has already been done .
What has been achieved?
Over $60,000 has been raised as a result of employee fundraising efforts.
To date, over 600 young people are registered and benefiting from the programme.
or more partner organisations have also got involved in the development of the Programme, including local businesses, community organisations and government.
Our Local Partner
The George Institute is committed to innovative approaches to research and health policy development. Their mission is to improve the health of millions of people worldwide.
They will achieve this by:
- Engaging with decision makers to enact real change
- Targeting global epidemics, particularly of chronic diseases and injury
- Focusing on vulnerable populations in both rich and poor countries
Over the last decade, the Institute has delivered high-impact evidence from a large programme of research and innovation that has influenced health policy and healthcare practice worldwide. The Institute’s projects span more than 40 countries worldwide.