Young driver situation awareness fast-tracking, including identifying escape routes (SAFER) Project

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Young driver situation awareness fast-tracking, including identifying escape routes (SAFER) Project


Applications are invited for this opportunity to be received in the Office of Research by 4pm Monday 29 February

This project seeks to develop driving skills in the pre-learner (aged 15 years) by providing parents with skills acceleration strategies (SAFER), before their child even starts driving on the road.

In Queensland in the 2014 calendar year, 25.1% of crashes involved a young adult driver/rider aged 17-24 years, despite these drivers comprising 12.9% of the state’s licensed population. In addition, 20.1% of fatalities involved a driver with a provisional driver’s licence, with 3.3% of fatalities involving a learner driver/rider, despite these drivers comprising 6.0% and 5.3% respectively of the state’s licensed population. The overrepresentation of young drivers in road crashes is not unique to Queensland: In Australia and New Zealand, drivers aged 18 years sustained the most injuries and fatalities in road crashes during the inclusive period 2001-2010. To mitigate young driver risks, in all Australian states and territories young novice drivers must progress through a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, starting with a learner phase with mandatory reportable practice requirements.

The successful scholarship recipient will assist in the development of the training package and associated resources, implement the training package with parents and teens, and evaluate the impact of the training package on situation awareness of the teen, using simulation facilities at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Contact Dr Bridie Scott-Parker ( for more information.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • hold a Bachelor degree in Education, Psychology or other equivalent, with a minimum GPA 6.0 or minimum of 5.5 with proven research experience
  • be a domestic student (Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand citizen)
  • not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for (i.e. Master by Research)
Selection criteria:
  • Undergraduate academic achievement, in the areas of Education, Psychology or other equivalent
  • Research alignment
  • Publications
  • Most recent and relevant degree
Eligible programs:
Master of Arts (Research)
Number available:
A$26,288p.a. paid in fortnightly installments for the standard duration of the program.
How to apply for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship
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