Improving Wellbeing

From the very beginning, the Plan has featured a clear focus on the safety of South Australians in all aspects of their lives.

Consistent gains have been made in reducing state-wide crime rates. The target to reduce victim reported crime by 12% by 2014 was achieved well ahead of time and strategies put in place in response to this target have continued to produce further reductions.

The reduction of death and serious injuries on our roads is important to all South Australians. The Plan’s commitment to a concentrated effort in this area meant that there were 367 fewer serious injuries on our roads in 2009 than in 2003. Injuries at work have  also been dramatically reduced, with around a 30% lower claim rate in 2008 than in 2002.

There have also been gains in improving our health with significant falls in youth smoking rates and in closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal life expectancy.