Boost For Victorian Road Trauma Counselling Services

Critical counselling services for Victorians impacted by road trauma have received a $2.1 million boost from the Victorian Government and Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

A three-year extension of the current funding agreement between the TAC and Amber Community (formerly known as Road Trauma Support Services Victoria) will guarantee its important services until at least 2025.

Amber Community plays a vital role in delivering support services to more than 3,000 Victorians who have either been injured, lost a loved one or been impacted by road trauma.

The TAC has provided funding to Amber Community since 1999, and the renewed agreement will help boost support for Victorians impacted by allowing for additional counselling staff to address wait times.

The organisation, which was established in 1994, also provides road safety education programs to more than 5,000 Victorians each year and is renowned for its annual Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign and community walk around Melbourne’s Albert Park Lake.

The extended support for road trauma counselling comes at a critical time, with the number of lives lost on Victorian roads this year reaching 143, an increase on the 128 deaths at the same time last year.

TAC support of Amber Community is in addition to the benefits and compensation it provides to help Victorians get their lives back on track after a transport accident, including for physical and mental health services.

Overall, in 2020/2021, the TAC provided $1.5 billion in support and benefits to 53,705 Victorians.