Keeping Safe™ Winner 2017 Australian Road Safety Awards - School Programs

The Blue Datto Keeping Safe™ program is for year 10 students or 15-25 year olds in community groups. The program has been developed by leading experts, is world's best practice and involves community engagement to ensure best outcomes.

Book your school or community group today!

Blue Datto is proud to be able to provide programs to the community, details are below.  Our school programs continue to grow, please book your school in today!

Blue Datto is starting on the Central Coast

Blue Datto was launched by Chief Inspector Phillip Brooks of NSW Police – Highway Patrol on the Central Coast on 31 May 2017.  We are starting with two FREE programs, register today!

Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers is a FREE and INTERACTIVE workshop for Learner and pre-Learner Drivers and those who teach them to drive (parents, carers, grandparents, relatives and friends).  All are welcome, and light refreshments will be available.  This program is an initiative supported by the NSW Government. Lucky door prizes will be available at each event – register now to confirm your spot!  Join us at Mingara for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers on 28 June 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm – register here.

Our Award winning Keeping Safe workshop is being offered for FREE at Mingara on the Central Coast on 3 July 2017 at Mingara, for 15-18 year olds.  Register here.  

If you are a teacher interested in finding out more about Keeping Safe, what it looks like and how to offer it in your school, please also register or contact us via email. 

Blue Datto Gala Dinner 21 October 2017

We’re racing to beat road trauma. 

Since 2015, the Blue Datto Foundation has hosted their annual Blue Tie Gala Dinner at the Hawkesbury Race Club, and this year will be the same; but with a twist.  The 2017 Blue Datto Annual Gala Dinner will be taking on the theme of ‘A Night at the Races’.  Surrounded by the beauty of the race course, we will enjoy a night of fun and laughter, as we come together to place our bets on what we can achieve in years to come. 

The barriers will open on Saturday 21st Of October, at 6:30pm with light refreshments, before hitting off the night with live music, live auctions, games, a 3 course meal, and plenty more fun!  We hope to see you there, eagerly dressed in your fascinators and bow ties.  Don’t forget, remind your crew to wear blue!  Follow this link to buy your tickets.

Blue Datto Gala Dinner 2017

Changing the culture of young drivers in NSW

Blue Datto™  Keeping Safe workshops encourage young people to make good decisions when faced with risky driving situations, both as passengers and drivers. Keeping Safe is about changing attitudes and behaviours – not driving skills.

School students participate in workshops, presentations and talks on young driver facts and a real life case study. They commit a pledge to road safety which is sent to them every year for 5 years to reinforce the messages of the program, and they also create their own personal safety plan so they’ll be prepared when dealing with difficult and unsafe driving situations.

Our point of difference is our programs are led by young people (our Peer Mentors):  university students who have undergone training with Blue Datto.  As Peer Mentors they instigate honest and open discussions with the students about what is actually happening in and around cars, and what will work in the student’s personal plan for Keeping Safe.   The change to the students attitudes is inspiring.

Support Blue Datto and make your own pledge to road safety today.

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Blue Datto’s Vision

Each person has the right to enter adulthood carrying positive attitudes and behaviours, supported and encouraged by their families, friends and communities.

  • Learn
  • Protect
  • Keep Safe

With your help we can be the beginning of a positive change to the culture of young drivers in NSW.

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Philip—"The Kid in the Blue Datto"

Phil was a caring, friendly and fun young man who always tried to make others happy. He usually succeeded. When he went out with his friends, he always ensured that everyone got home safely. He was an ordinary 17 year old: he loved his family and friends, enjoyed going out, was making a great impression at work and excelling at TAFE. He will surely be remembered for his loud voice and even louder laugh.

Anyone who knew Phil was well aware of his passion for cars, especially his little blue Datsun ute. He was affectionately known as “the kid in the blue datto”, hence the name of this foundation.

Blue Datto Foundation Ltd was established in memory of Phil who passed away in a car accident when he was 17.

Our programs


Keeping Safe Program

Educating youth in Keeping Safe™ before they start driving.

We deliver peer-based driver education aimed at year 10 students based on a whole car approach, highlighting that every person in the car has a role to play: the driver, their driving teacher, and the passengers. The optimum time for students to undertake this program is before they begin driving or when they are applying for their learner driver permit.

The Keeping Safe™ program has been developed by leading experts, is world’s best practice and involves community engagement to ensure best outcomes. Young adult drivers and passengers, who, despite a falling road toll, remain significantly overrepresented in road crashes.
Schools are not only the location for road safety education program but provide a link to families and the wider community.
Blue Datto has pledged to provide funding to allow as many schools in NSW as possible to offer a Blue Datto supported driver safety program, helping to promote our philosophy of ‘Keeping Safe’.

Parent Keeping Safe Program

Parents and driver trainers play a crucial role in the safety of young adults on the road. Recent research shows that more experienced drivers and new drivers see a very different road.

Unfortunately, many parents aren’t up-to-date with teen behaviours, attitudes and experiences let alone current road rules. There are few resources available to this group.

We will launch our parent information evenings and support forums later this year—sign up to the newsletter and follow us on Facebook for updates.

Future Programs

Blue Datto aims to continue to promote “Keeping Safe” programs in NSW. If you have a program or idea that is in line with our vision, please contact us.



Our program is aimed at pre-drivers (Years 10 & 11) and runs for a half day, but we can customise to suit your school day and needs.

Please contact us for information about running a Blue Datto supported driver safety program in your school.

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Community Groups

Interested in offering a Keeping Safe™ program to 15-25 year olds outside of school?

Please contact us for information about running a Blue Datto supported driver safety program in your community.

Book a community event

News & Media

Service NSW Richmond Fundraiser BBQ

Minister Dominic Perrottet with Service NSW Manager Christine Kosorukow, CEO Rachna Gandhi, Lauren Northern and Colleen Vassallo from Blue Datto, Rugby League legend Mark Geyer, and Richmond Manager Danielle Abela.

In May 2016, Service NSW Richmond held a smokin’ sausage sizzle to help raise awareness and funds for Blue Datto. It was a great success, attended by Minister Dominic Perrottet, Rugby League legend and Triple M host, Mark Geyer, Blue Datto and lots of the local community.

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Blue Tie Gala Dinner 24 October 2015


Our Inaugural Gala Dinner fundraising night was held on 24 October at the Hawkesbury Race Club. With over 320 guests, live auctions, prizes, perfect weather, and a wonderful community atmosphere, everyone had a terrific night. Thank you to all our supporters for your contributions: together we raised an amazing $74,000!

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Launch News


Blue Datto Foundation Limited was officially launched on 6 March 2015 by The Hon. Stuart Ayres, NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Channel 9 news ran this story.

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How you can help


You can also support us by buying t-shirts, stickers, event tickets and more from our Blue Datto Shop. If you need more information about any of our items please contact us.

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Give your time


Blue Datto welcomes assistance from volunteers. We are looking for people with a passion to keep our young people safe on the roads. Sound like you? Contact us.

Community Support

We are indebted to our Sponsors, Patrons & Ambassadors for the important work they do for our foundation. Without their support we could not have come as far as we have.

We are honoured to have the following sponsors’ support. Please support their businesses so that they can continue to support Blue Datto.

  • Steggles

    Cornerstone Sponsor

  • Pace Farm

    Cornerstone Sponsor

  • Solutions Law

    Community Supporter

  • Deloitte Western Sydney

    Community Supporter

  • Turner & Freeman Lawyers

    Community Supporter

  • Hosted Network

    Community Supporter

  • Winston Express Haulage

    Sponsor Bede Polding College


    Plantinum Sponsor

  • Cutcliffe

    Blue Datto Gala Dinner Sponsor

  • Top Chelf

    Community Supporter

  • Little Blue Darkes Cider

    Community Supporter

  • Eaton Photography

    Community Supporter

  • Black Castle Events

    Community Supporter

  • Marie's Bella Zucchini Flowers

    Hawkesbury Sponsor

  • Plant Haul

    Hawkesbury Sponsor

  • Allied Accountants

    Platinum Sponsor


Mark-GeyerMark Geyer

Ambassador of Blue Datto Foundation ltd.

Mark Geyer is an former professional rugby league legend of the 1980s and ’90s. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative second-rower, he is currently a rugby league media identity. In the 1990s, he was one of the code’s hardest players that played the game. Geyer’s career was played with Penrith Panthers with whom he won a premiership in 1991.

Mark is passionate about giving back to community and is delighted to be an ambassador for the Blue Datto Foundation, with the great work it does in making our kids safer on the roads. Mark has 5 kids, 3 being teenagers who are soon to get their licence.

Geyer is part of the Triple M on-air team for the Sydney breakfast show called The Grill Team.

LEllis_JLiz Ellis

Ambassador of Blue Datto Foundation ltd.

Liz Ellis is one of the most respected names in netball, with a remarkable 18 year elite career including 2 Commonwealth Gold Medals, 3 World Championships, 4 National League titles, 4 Most Valuable Player awards and an Australian record of 122 Test matches played.

In 2009 Liz became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours for “services to netball and the encouragement of women in sport, and to the community through support for a range of charitable organizations”.

Liz is also an experienced broadcaster and media personality, hosting and commentating netball and other sports, and appearing on radio and television as a sports expert and personality.

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christopherBrown2014Christopher Brown

AM Executive Chair

Between 1992-2011, Christopher Brown led two of the nation’s most high profile CEO-based industry associations – the Tourism & Transport Forum and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. He is now Executive Chair of Taylor Street Advisory, providing professional services to blue chip organisations such as Lend Lease, Brisbane Airport, Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Urban Growth NSW, SAP Australia, Elanor Investors Group and the City of Parramatta.

Christopher is a Director of logistics developer, Moorebank Intermodal Company Ltd and the University of Western Sydney and sits on the Advisory Board of ANZ Stadium. He served on the Federal/State Commission that nominated Badgerys Creek as Sydney’s second airport and is founding Chair of the high-powered Western Sydney Leadership Forum.

In addition to his role as founder and Executive Deputy Chair of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia he was industry representative to the National Ministerial PPP Panel, a member of the Commonwealth’s Infrastructure Security Forum, Convenor of the Australian Cities Roundtable and brokered international alliances with UITP, Serco Institute and PPP forums in the UK, USA & NZ.

Christopher started (but never completed) a degree in Economics & Law at Sydney University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Adjunct Professor at the UTS Business School, and a graduate of the NZ Institute of Strategic Leadership & ADC’s Future Leader Program. He was the 2000 Olympics Attaché for Botswana, and an Ambassador for both the Paralympic Games & the Australian Republican Movement.

Born and educated in Parramatta, he still lives with his wife and two sons in the Emerald City. In the June 2014 Queens Birthday Honours List he was made a Member in the Order of Australia to recognise his service to industry and the community.


Betty Klimenko

Owner and manager of Erebus Motorsport

We are so grateful for her support.

Boyd Cordner

Sydney Roosters, NSW State of Origin, NRL Australia

See Boyd’s comments from our launch on YouTube.

Support or Sponsor a Keeping Safe Program

  • * Run a fundraiser in your school or community raise awareness of road safety and funds to support Blue Datto
  • * Nominate a business who we could contact to sponsor a school or community group
  • * Sponsor a student, class or group to complete the program
  • It costs $20 per student to run the Keeping Safe program, please help us to support your community to make the roads safer for all drivers
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    Aimed at year 10 students in schools or 15-25 year olds in community and sporting groups

  • Blue Datto trained Peer Mentors lead our workshops

    our distinct point of difference from other road safety programs



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  • Address PO Box 3031, LLANDILO NSW 2747 Australia
  • Phone +61 2 8999 8005
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