Smashing the Glass Ceiling: Winifred Davenport

In 1951, Win’s burgeoning engineering talents were recognised when she became the first female corporate member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and in 1958 she followed this by becoming a member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. In a 39-year career with the Department she assumed senior roles on core engineering projects around … Read more

Graduated licences: saving lives

It has long been recognised that young drivers are one of our most at-risk road user groups, due to the combination of age, inexperience and risk-taking behaviour. Statistics show that crashes during the learner (supervised) stage are low, but this immediately increases after the transition to unsupervised/solo driving once a provisional licence is gained. One … Read more

Target zero – the role of autonomous vehicles in improving road safety

Queensland – and Australia more broadly – has a rich history of safety innovation that has significantly contributed to a reduction in fatal crashes – speed limits, roundabouts, seatbelts, and drink-driving enforcement to name a few. In 2015, however, the national road toll went up for the first time in 3 years. Official figures show the … Read more

Autonomous Vehicles

Here at the Department of Transport and Main Roads we are putting a lot of thought into what transport is going to look like in the future, to make sure we make good planning and policy decisions for the State. To manage the risks and capture the benefits of emerging vehicle technologies, we are looking … Read more

Observations of authentic leadership

In October 2015, the Department of Transport and Main Roads launched its inaugural ‘Shadow the CEO’ program, an initiative borne out of the Director-General’s Innovation Challenge on Diversity. The program sought expressions of interest from across the department to shadow Neil Scales 1 day each week for 3 months. My professional background is 10 years … Read more

A salute to the dry driver

On 14 December 2015 the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads launched our Christmas road safety campaign, dry drivers, we salute you. Despite huge changes in attitudes to drinking and driving in past decades, we know from our research that drink driving is still a factor in 1 in 5 fatalities on Queensland roads, and … Read more