In the early 1900s, the founding members of RAA successfully lobbied the Adelaide City Council to raise the speed limit from 8mph (about 13km/h) to an eye-watering 10mph (about 16km/h). Further petitioning led to improved road conditions around tricky intersections, and the installation of temporary lighting to indicate where new road surfaces had been laid. 

Much has changed since this small group of feisty speedsters helped introduce motoring to South Australia. RAA has grown to be the state’s largest membership organisation and a significant employer (we employ more than 1000 people in SA) and we now provide a wide range of motor, home and travel services to over 70% of South Australian households.

However, advocacy is still a large part of what RAA does. We continue to advocate on mobility and road safety issues for all road users, including motorists, public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians. We're also committed to helping grow the visitor economy in South Australia and promoting sustainable urban development, with our advocacy based on the principles of 'safe, accessible and sustainable'. 

Our advocacy is evidence-based and we consult with industry, government and our members to test and develop our recommendations. We provide an expert voice for our members' concerns. You can count on RAA to stand up for what’s in our members’ and the state’s best interests. 

We're also part of the Australian Automobile Association (the national body for Australia’s mobility organisations) which represents our members’ views in Canberra.

  • Member Panel

    Have your say on mobility, road safety, urban development and tourism issues by joining the RAA Member Panel.
  • Submissions

    RAA regularly makes submissions to the state and federal governments on mobility, road safety, urban development and tourism issues.