Helping keep Defence riders safe

Published on Department of Defence (author), Unknown (photographer)

Topic(s): Safety / WHS

Australian Defence Force motorcyclists can now benefit from Defence-funded road rider training with the launch of the new RideSAFE program on 11 August. (photo: Unknown)
Australian Defence Force motorcyclists can now benefit from Defence-funded road rider training with the launch of the new RideSAFE program on 11 August.
Australian Defence Force motorcyclists can now benefit from Defence-funded road rider training with the launch of the new RideSAFE program on 11 August.
 
The two-course format – a basic level-one course and an advanced level-two course aim to improve Australian Defence Force motorcycle riders’ skills and overall safety on the roads.
 
RideSAFE program manager Lieutenant Colonel John Duff said a number of Australian Defence Force personnel had been injured and killed in 530 reported motorcycle vehicle accidents in the past decade.
 
“The objectives of the training are to improve awareness, attitude, skills and competency to produce better riders for their own safety,” Lieutenant Colonel Duff said.
 
“The training is also tailored to reduce risk-taking behaviours by Australian Defence Force riders and it is now part of Defence’s duty of care to do what it can to help reduce the risk and harm to Australian Defence Force personnel while riding.”
 
The basic course is aimed at less-experienced riders and primarily covers slower speed bike handling.
 
“Level one covers road awareness, defensive riding, emergency braking and obstacle avoidance,” Lieutenant Colonel Duff said.
 
“It will be suitable for riders who have recently acquired their licence, are returning to riding and/or are wishing to improve their basic skills and confidence.”
 
The advanced course will enable more experienced riders to further improve their cornering, braking and defensive riding skills.
 
Regular Australian Defence Force personnel and reservists on 12 months’ or more of continuous full-time service are eligible and encouraged to participate.
 
Riders can nominate through the internal Defence Campus website with courses run by professional motorcycle training providers in state and territory capital cities, as well as Townsville, Newcastle and Albury/Wodonga.