Road to Zero is a world first road safety education complex, developed by the TAC in partnership with Melbourne Museum.
Road to Zero draws upon decades of TAC research and pedagogical practice, and was co-created with practicing teachers. Part of the Victorian Government’s Towards Zero vision, which aims for zero road deaths and serious injuries, Road to Zero aims to reduce road trauma in pre-learner drivers by building knowledge and awareness that will empower young road users to make safer decisions.
About your school visit:
Road to Zero is delivered in two parts, with a total duration of two hours. The program is designed for Years 9, 10 and VCAL students. It can also cater to students participating in wellbeing or city camp programs. An education visit to Road to Zero comprises two experiences: an immersive and exploratory exhibition showcasing the latest in multi-sensory interactive technologies, and curriculum-linked programs in the purpose-built Learning Studio.
The Learning Studio programs are linked to the following curriculum:
- Science: Physical Sciences and Science Inquiry Skills - Years 9/10
- Health and Physical Education - Years 9/10
- Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning (VCAL)
School resources are designed to extend the Road to Zero experience for students studying Health & PE at Years 9 and 10. They also support English and the Capabilities at Years 9 and 10.
Learning Studio (75 minutes)
Students will undertake one of two curriculum-aligned education programs:
- Getting the Message
- Road to Zero Physics Challenge
Students reflect and respond to the Road to Zero exhibition content through the creation of a collaborative community health campaign. In small groups, students use a range of information sources to research 14-17 year old road user groups (e.g. pedestrians or cyclists). They use their findings to develop a YouTube campaign with a compelling call to action, reinforcing positive road usage amongst their target audience.
Key curriculum linkages: Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (VCHPEP149)
Evaluate health information from a range of sources and apply to health decisions and situations (VCHPEP148)
A virtual reality physics experiment lets students explore the impacts of speed and friction on stopping distances. Students are then required to apply their learning to a real-world problem by designing a safe road system.
Curriculum linkages: The description and explanation of the motion of objects involves the interaction of forces and the exchange of energy, and can be described and predicted using the laws of physics (VCSSU133)
Experience Space (45 minutes)
The Road to Zero Experience Space allows students to explore a range of interactive exhibits at their own pace. A Zerocard enables students to interact with the exhibits and record their experiences.
As students discover the principles of Towards Zero, they're encouraged to consider a future free of death and serious injury on our roads, and how we might achieve this
Learn more about the experience spaces
Venue and access
The Melbourne Museum is located at 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, VIC 3000
A bus drop-off zone is located on Market Street. Please note that buses may only stop for 15 minutes at this location. The Melbourne Museum is a 10-minute walk from Parliament Station (Lonsdale Street exit) or accessible via Yarra Trams (Tram 86 or 96 to the corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets).
Accessible parking spaces are available on Level P2 of the carpark with lift access to the Museum entrance.
The Road to Zero Experience Space and Learning Studios are located on the lower ground floor of the Melbourne Museum and can be accessed via the IMAX lift located next to the schools entrance.
We recommend you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the commencement of your booking to allow sufficient time to cloak school bags and any items at the schools entrance (west of the main entrance).
Accessible toilets are located on all levels of the Museum. Melbourne Museum does not permit large school bags to be taken into the Museum spaces. Please leave all school bags at the schools entrance located next to IMAX.
Student to staff ratio
The recommended ratio is 1:10 for secondary groups. Teachers receive free admission into the Museum.
Lunch and break facilities
Melbourne Museum has several break-out spaces for school groups that are suitable for all weather. Lunch and snacks can be purchased at the Museum café. Please note, all school bags and food must be stored at the schools entrance.
Important information about the Road to Zero Experience Space
Please note that some interactives in this space contain low light levels, motion-inducing actions and 3D virtual reality. These may not be suitable for those suffering from dizziness, epilepsy or binocular vision conditions. If you or your child have these conditions, do not participate in these interactives.
We recognise that some students may have personal experiences with road trauma. Please note that Road to Zero does not include any graphic depictions of road crashes or injury, and takes a constructivist approach to building understanding and positive behaviour change.
However, the subject area may be a trigger for some students. Please discuss the visit with any students and family members who have been personally affected by road trauma. In the event of a trigger reaction, trained Road to Zero staff will be on hand to assist.
There is no program fee for Road to Zero for participating student groups. Further information on other Melbourne Museum programs to consider during your visit can be found here.
Low SFOE school communities may qualify for transportation assistance for your excursion to Road to Zero. Further details, including eligibility, are available on application.
Museums Victoria has public liability insurance cover of $850 million and a copy of our insurance policy can be provided on request. Museums Victoria is committed to promoting child safety and can provide a copy of our Child Safe Policy on request.
We can provide further information for teachers and schools if you need to develop a detailed risk management plan for your excursion to the Melbourne Museum.
The Melbourne Museum has a number of qualified Level 2 first aid staff located at the venue. Please see a member of the Road to Zero program staff if you require first aid assistance.
All Road to Zero staff are trained in Emergency response and will act as Emergency wardens in the case of an emergency. Emergency evacuation procedures and maps are located throughout the building. At Melbourne Museum the alert alarm can be identified by a ‘BEEP BEEP’ tone which all wardens will respond to, with no action required by Museum visitors. The evacuation alarm can be identified by a ‘WHOOP WHOOP’ siren. In the event of an evacuation, all Museum staff and visitors are required to assemble on the Rathdowne Street end of the Museum plaza.