A School Crossing Supervisor program commenced in the ACT in 2018. The program commenced at 20 crossings in 2018, with another five crossings included from the beginning of the 2019 school year.
School crossing supervisors (lollipop people) assist children to cross roads safely by directing traffic with a stop sign and providing instructions. They also help to manage the flow of pedestrians and motorists at the busiest crossings.
The program has two primary objectives:
to increase safety for children around ACT schools
to lessen parent concerns about safety, which will create school environments that are more conducive for active travel and help to create healthier and safer school communities.
The program focuses on crossings used by infant, primary school or special needs children.
HOBAN Recruitment has been engaged to recruit and manage the supervisors on behalf of the Territory. HOBAN has extensive experience delivering crossing supervisors for a number of councils in Victoria.
To register your interest in becoming a crossing supervisor, or to seek further information about the positions, contact HOBAN Recruitment.
Selection committee and process
A selection committee was formed to agree on a set of selection criteria and to select the priority sites for the pilot. The selection committee included representatives from:
Transport Canberra and City Services (including Roads ACT in an advisory capacity)
Education Directorate (including school principals)
Justice and Community Safety Directorate
ACT Council of Parents & Citizens Associations
Association of Independent Schools of the ACT
Catholic Education Office
Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools
Transport Canberra and City Services provided advice to the selection committee about how similar programs are delivered in other jurisdictions and the selection process used to prioritise sites.
Pedestrian and traffic volumes were collected at all crossings located adjacent to eligible schools. This data was also provided to the selection committee to consider.
The selection committee used this information in conjunction with the selection criteria below to agree on the crossings with the greatest need for a supervisor.
To be considered an eligible site for a crossing supervisor in the ACT, the crossing must:
be located on the road network adjacent to a school
be used by early childhood, primary school or special needs children
be located within a 40km/h or 30km/h school zone.
A crossing that meets these criteria was then assessed based on:
Pedestrian and traffic volumes:
Minimum 300 vehicles per hour during the peak school periods
Pedestrian volumes x traffic volumes / 100
Previous incidents or near misses at a crossing
The number of primary school aged children likely to use a crossing
Challenging environments (e.g. the proximity of shopping centres, busy roads, hospitals etc.)
Proximity of other schools:
The potential for more than one school to benefit from a supervisor at a particular location
Potential to increase active travel:
The number of primary school age students at a school
A school’s geographic location in the ACT (to ensure there is a reasonable spread of supervisors across the Territory so children from all regions can benefit from the program)
Ride or Walk to School program participation:
Whether a school is participating in the program (given active travel is likely to be higher)
School Crossing Supervisor schools
Based on the selection criteria above, the selection committee has prioritised the schools/crossings below to receive a supervisor as part of the program.
Katherine Ave (Pioneer St & Mornington St)
Brindabella Christian College
Brigalow St (Boyd St & Longstaff St)
Canberra Grammar School (2019)
Monaro Cres (Flinders Way & Golden Grove)
Canberra Girls Grammar School
Grey St (Robe St & Empire Cct)
Chapman Primary School
Streeton Dr (Darwinia Terrace & Fremantle Dr)
Duffy Primary (2019)
Burrinjuck Cres (Jindabyne St & Somerset St)
Florey Primary School
Ratcliffe Crescent (Krefft St & Kesteven St)
Forrest Primary School
National Cct (Hobart Ave & Franklin St)
Garran Primary School
Gilmore Cres (Palmer St and Esson Pl)
Gold Creek School & Holy Spirit Primary School
Kelleway Ave (Oldershaw Ct & Whatmore Ct)
Good Shepherd Primary (2019)
Burdekin Ave (Yule St & Leven St)
Wimmera St (Varne St & Topra St)
Hughes Primary School
Groom St (Whittle St & Wark St)
Lyneham Primary School
Brigalow St (Hall St & Longstaff St)
Majura Primary School
Knox St (Windeyer St & Harvey St)
Mother Teresa School
Mapleton Ave (Otway St & Wimmera St)
O'Halloran Cct (Jenke Cct & Jenke Cct)
Ngunnawal Primary School
Wanganeen Ave (Yumba Ave & Guginya Cres)
Red Hill Primary School
La Perouse St (Fortitude St & Dalrymple St)
St Clare of Assisi Primary
Box Hill Ave (Heidelberg St & Handasyde St)
St Francis of Assisi Primary (2019)
Casey Cres (Were St & Loader Cres)
Sts Peter & Paul & Malkara School
Wisdom St (Webster St & Boake Pl)
Torrens Primary (2019)
Beasley St (Gouger St & Torrens Pl)
Trinity Christian School
McBride Cr (Bromley St & Mackinnon St)
David St (Hay St & Sargood St)
The School Crossing Supervisor program will help children and parents feel safe around schools, however it is not the only solution. Motorists and pedestrians still need to display appropriate behaviours in school zones to ensure the community remains safe.
Safer school environments will help to encourage a greater uptake of active travel by children, which will help to create a healthy community.