MUARC to deliver Graduate Certificate of Road Safety in 2021


We are pleased to announce that Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is offering a graduate course dedicated to Road Safety. The Graduate Certificate of Road Safety will provide students with knowledge, tools and frameworks to implement innovative responses to road safety challenges.

Students will learn about road safety principles and their application to road safety policy and practice, with coursework aimed at road safety practitioners or those embarking on a career in transport-related fields, from a wide range of government and non-government organisations.

The online course will be offered as four ‘intensive units’, each delivered over a six week period and will focus on evidence-based approaches to road safety, the importance of road safety management and leadership, knowledge of relevant crash and injury data sources, applying the evidence for population-level intervention, building effective partnerships, and communicating with influence to improve road safety outcomes.

The course comprises 24 credit points, with four units to be completed:

  • Road safety fundamentals

The focus of this unit is to foster a greater understanding of Safe System and its application within the context of current national and international road safety policy; to foster a commitment to the application of evidence-based approaches to improving road safety; and to develop practical skills, and provide tools that assist practitioners to deliver evidence-based and effective road safety interventions.

  • Applying behavioural science to road safety

This unit focuses on public policy challenges and identifying real-life behavioural solutions. This involves prioritising behaviours and target audiences and understanding underlying drivers of behaviour and potential solutions. Students will also learn to work collaboratively to design, test and evaluate behaviour change interventions.

  • Using data for evidence-based decision-making in road safety

This unit focuses on how to critically appraise data used to inform road safety problems. The unit will cover key principles of public health and safety frameworks relating to road safety; why, how, and where data sources are  generated; and how to evaluate data quality principles, implications and ethical issues.

  • Communicating for influence in road safety

This unit will use theoretical approaches and practical tools to work through case studies on how to develop the tactics and strategies of effective change agents. This will involve methods for stakeholder analysis, how to change the thinking and behaviour of those around you in order to pursue a common goal, the personal attributes that form the basis of influence in the workplace, and how effective road safety practitioners can apply influence for change.

The Graduate Certificate for Road Safety has been made possible by Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) creating additional Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for higher education as part of the Australian Government’s Job-Ready Graduates (JRG) package of reforms.

This course is being offered through the Centre for Professional Development and Monash Online Education within the Portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), which provides innovative and contemporary continuing education for professionals in healthcare delivery, education, and administration.  Their programs extend locally and internationally, throughout the vast and well established Monash network. This collaboration brings together MUARC’s depth of road safety academic expertise and the exceptional course management capability of Monash On-line Education.

This new graduate certificate course is available to 50 registrants at a heavily subsidised fee for 2021 as part of the Federal Government's COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package. To meet the requirements for this funding, students must commence and complete in 2021. Students must have an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent experience.

For more information on the Graduate Certificate for Road Safety, please click here or contact:

Dr Carlyn Muir
Academic Course Coordinator

Ms Lesley Rees
Professional Course Coordinator