On 18 December 2019, The Minister for Police and Emergency Services requested the Road Safety Camera Commissioner examine the impact of downtime, in particular “long-term” downtime, on the operation of the camera system and any potential correlation of downtime with lower infringements in FY2018-19.
The review found that the fixed camera system experienced downtime for approximately 18.45 percent of available site days through the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2020. Approximately 80 percent of this downtime was classified as “long-term”. This may have resulted in the failure to detect approximately 700,000 infringements.
The management of fixed camera sites improved over the survey period. However, some issues remain unresolved, particularly around road works, where there is insufficient consideration of speed management and enforcement at locations where cameras have been deactivated. The review also identified opportunities to improve the administration of the system, system upgrades and certification activities.