NMVTRC: New Strategic Plan & Change at the Top

The release of the National Motor Vehicle Theft reduction Council’s (NMVTRC) 2018–2020 Strategic Plan marks the important milestone of participating state and territory governments and the insurance industry committing to extend their collaboration in the NMVTRC through to mid-2021.

The new Plan leverages off key aspects of the Secure System approach which takes a holistic view of the dynamics of vehicle crime and the interaction between vehicle design and manufacture, motorist choices, perceptions and behaviour, offender actions, and government and industry practices.


Vehicle crime in 2018 is also increasingly not just a single crime. It is often at the centre of a more complex mix of offending that may also involve:

  • significant road safety risks in the form of dangerous driving, pursuits and evasions;
  • other crimes against a person (such as an assault, abduction
    or shooting);
  • subsequent property crimes (such as an aggravated burglary or robbery, arson, drug or
    firearms dealing);
  • terrorism (in the form of vehicle based attacks or explosions);
  • other forms of theft (fuel drive offs, toll evasion); and
  • a wide variety of fraudulent activity in respect of identity and vehicle identification, finance and staged collisions.

Copies of the update Plan can be downloaded from carsafe.com.au/assets/Strategic_Plan_2018.pdf

Change at the top of NMVTRC Executive

After more than 19 years at the helm of the NMVTRC founding Executive Director Ray Carroll has retired to spend more time chasing his numerous grandchildren. The Council and its executive staff are indebted to Ray for the excellence with which he led the organisation.

Geoff Hughes is taking over the reins at NMVTRC

The Council has appointed Geoff Hughes as his successor. Geoff will be well known to most of the NMVTRC’s stakeholders having led some of the Council’s most significant work in areas such as the development of technical standards, legislative reform, communications and youth offending.

Prior to joining the NMVTRC Geoff enjoyed an extensive career in road transport policy at both a state and national level in a wide variety of policy development and management roles ranging from commercial vehicle operations to traffic management to
road safety.

The appointment assures the continuity of the NMVTRC’s strategic direction with the recent release of the 2018–2020 Strategic Plan.