Plan ahead this Australia Day

The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is encouraging all motorists to plan ahead this Australia Day and make safe transport choices to and from your celebrations.

MAC Corporate Communications Manager, Megan Cree said the Australia Day public holiday is often spent with friends and family, having a few drinks while enjoying a BBQ, watching the cricket or attending one of the many public events and fireworks displays held around the state.

“However you choose to celebrate Australia Day, if it involves alcohol or drugs, just don’t drive.

“Ensuring you don’t drive under the influence should be a priority. Alcohol and drugs significantly impair a driver’s judgment, contributing to the cause of many fatal and serious injury crashes.

“Plan ahead, leave the car at home and enjoy your Australia Day by keeping it road trauma free,” said Ms Cree

Australia Day will also mark the start of a 4 day weekend for many as people head out of the city to make the most of the last few days of school holidays.

“Country and long distance driving increases opportunities to become fatigued or distracted and tempts many to travel over the speed limit to try and get to their destination quicker.

“Make sure you’re well rested, share the driving and take a break for at least 15 minutes every two hours – if you drive tired, you’re not only putting yourself at risk, you’re putting others at risk too,” said Ms Cree.

A record low total of 86 people died on SA roads in last year.

"We can acknowledge that 2016 was a good year, but we can't celebrate or become complacent as 86 people still died on our roads.

“Let’s keep 2017 as safe as possible - plan ahead, drive safely and stick to the road rules to ensure your Australia Day and weekend is road trauma free,” said Ms Cree.

MAC’s safe driving plea coincides with SAPOL’s Operation Australia Day 2017, targeting crowd and road safety, assisting with traffic flow and detecting dangerous drivers.

Background statistics

This year to date, three people have died on South Australian roads. This compares to six at this time in 2016 and nine at this time in 2015.

24% of drivers/riders killed in fatal crashes from July 2015 to June 2016 had an illegal BAC. This compares to 22% in 2015 and a 5 year average of 23%.

28% of drivers/riders killed in fatal crashes from July 2015 to June 2016 tested positive for drugs. This compares to 24% in 2015 and a 5 year average of 22%.

In 2016, at least 15 fatal crashes were likely to be due to fatigue. This compares to 10 crashes in 2015.

Careers at MAC

Careers at MAC

Current Vacancies

Claims Advisor

The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is South Australia's leader in road safety behaviour change and education, and is dedicated to the safety of all South Australian road users.

MAC is also responsible for the management of Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance claims for crashes that occurred prior to 30 June 2016.

A key advisory role is now available within MAC's CTP function which contributes to driving claims initiatives and the oversight of MAC's Claims Manager

Reporting to the Manager, CTP, responsibilities will include:

  • Participating in the implementation of key claims management initiatives.
  • Undertaking contractual formal audits.
  • Identifying emerging scheme risks and issues, including making recommendations for risk mitigation strategies.
  • Preparing reports, such as audit outcomes.

Experience & Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in analysing and interpreting business controls, processes, procedures or systems.
  • Experience in interpreting insurance claims data.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, time management and attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to work effectively in a small team environment, including developing working relationships with stakeholders.

A detailed job and person specification can be downloaded here or requested via email.

Applications must address and demonstrate your experience, aptitudes and skills against the specification's Essential Minimum Requirements. Please forward your letter of application (no more than two pages), together with a current resume, to Jacqui Cole, HR Admin Officer at

Applications close Friday, 22 September 2017.

MAC's Workplace

MAC comprises a diverse mix of people forming a cohesive work environment that embraces new ideas and strategic thinking.

Staff are given the opportunity to continually develop their skills and knowledge to help MAC realise its vision and mission.

MAC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks highly motivated and result-oriented people who display the characteristics of our core values.

Our Values

Focused: We strive to achieve planned outcomes in all our activities by an approach to work that is:

  • Ethical – being honest and fair
  • Diligent – being hardworking and attentive
  • Efficient – being professional and well organised
  • Innovative – being forward thinking and creative
  • Accountable: We are responsible for our actions and delivering on our promises

Teamwork: We make teamwork work by recognising individual talents and being considerate of fellow staff members and partners.

Pride: We take pride in our contribution to MAC for the benefit of South Australian road users.