About Us


About Us

The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) was established in 1996 as a joint venture initiative of the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to address the enormous human, economic and social costs resulting from road crashes. CARRS-Q was founded by well-known and respected Emeritus Professor Mary Sheehan, and is currently headed by Professor Andry Rakotonirainy, with a very strong support team of leading academics. The Centre is situated within QUT’s Faculty of Health.

Key features:

  • Multidisciplinary team
  • High impact research influencing national and international policy
  • Strong linkages with government and industry
  • Committed to participating globally to reduce road fatalities and injuries
  • Award-winning postgraduate research education and professional training

We investigate people’s behaviour with the aim of devising countermeasures and informing policy to ensure the safety of all road users.

The growing skills base of the Centre and key research infrastructure, such as its Advanced Driving Simulator and Connected Automated Vehicle, enables CARRS-Q to expand the scope and significance of its activities. With a strong research background in impaired driving, regulation and enforcement, vulnerable road users and road safety public education, the Centre now also has a growing international profile in areas such as distracted driving, injury prevention among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, e-mobility safety and intelligent transport systems (ITS). This research expertise informs the Centre’s successful capacity building consultancy program.

CARRS-Q has successfully developed and maintained a strong research and consultancy profile, collaborative research linkages with government, other universities, commercial organisations and cooperatives. It is a key member of the Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation domain of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) at QUT. The Centre also conducts an award-winning postgraduate education program, and has a large cohort of PhD and Masters students.

Road safety is an issue of global concern, and CARRS-Q is committed to participating nationally, as well as internationally, in the promotion of road safety and injury prevention to reduce road trauma. We do this by participating in international organisations and conferences, collaborating with international partners, and by building road safety capacity through the training of road safety professionals and practitioners.