The MRA recently received the following. Performance audit on motorcycle safety in Victoria The Victorian Auditor General's Office (VAGO) is starting a performance audit on motorcycle safety in Victoria. The VAGO 2010-11 Annual Plan provides the following brief overview of the audit topic: Riders of powered two-wheeled vehicles like motorcycles and scooters are amongst the most vulnerable road users. Their serious injuries and deaths account for 13 per cent of the road toll although they comprise only one per cent of traffic. The popularity of motorcycles and scooters has grown rapidly over the decade to 2008 with a 72 per cent increase in vehicle registrations. These trends and safety risks have focused attention on improving the safety of these road users. Victoria's Road Safety and Transport Strategic Action Plan for Powered Two Wheelers 2009–2013, which followed the Victorian Motorcycle Road Safety Strategy 2002–2007, targets areas for action. The audit will assess the effectiveness of strategies to improve motorcycle safety. Performance audits extend beyond the examination of the financial affairs and transactions of a government agency to encompass wider management issues of significance to the community. The performance audit process begins with the planning phase which identifies the issues to be examined, timing, objectives, approach to be used and the resources required. The next stage involves the evidence gathering phase encompassing examination and evaluation of information, the development of suggestions and formulation of conclusions. The results of each audit are discussed with, and formally communicated to, senior management of audited organisations. The audit process culminates in the Auditor-General presenting a report on the audit to Parliament. More information on how audits are conducted is provided in VAGO's Audit Practice Statement available via the attached link http://download.audit.vic.gov.au/files/20091002_APS.pdf VAGO has advised VicRoads that during the audit planning phase it intends to meet with the following organisations/individuals to identify key issues and define the audit scope: VicRoads Transport Accident Commission Victoria Police VMAC Chairman Motorcycle Riders Association (Vic) Australian Scooter Federation (Industry Group) Monash University Accident Research Centre. I felt constrained not to post anything until we had met with them. At this stage they are still looking at what the scope of the audit will be. Kerry and I met with them this morning and discussed quite a few things. We discussed a lot of issues (many of which have been mentioned here) and they were very receptive.The VAGO require that details remain confidential howwever it was a productive and interesting meeting and we coverd a lot of things in a very frank discussion. The next stage once they have established the scope will be the evidence gathering phase. The final report should come out in February 2011.