Road Safety Innovation Fund

The Road Safety Innovation Fund is providing $12 million over four years from 2019–20 to support road safety research and the development of new road safety technologies.

The fund targets innovative projects designed to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads and help create a safe and sustainable road transport system for everyone. Priority areas include improving road safety in regional and remote areas, reducing driver distraction and drug driving, improving safety for vulnerable road users, and supporting road safety research and initiatives specific to the Australian context.

Innovation will take the form of road safety management initiatives, new technologies or products, delivery techniques, or research that better informs policy development. These initiatives will support the Safe System approach and making road safety 'business as usual' for all road users.

Long term, the Road Safety Innovation Fund aims to reduce harm and trauma-related crashes on Australian roads through supporting a shift in the way we address road safety challenges. The intention of the program is to contribute to a safe and sustainable road transport system towards Vision Zero—zero fatal and serious injuries on our roads by 2050.

Round Two

Under Round Two, the fund provided $10 million shared between 40 successful projects. The projects funded under Round Two are:

Organisation Project Theme
Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd Frangipole - a road sign post/pole designed for motorcyclist and cyclist safety. Conduct testing from independent accredited testing laboratories for Frangipole to be approved for use on the public road network. Vulnerable road users
The University of Western Australia Smart road side barriers with enhanced sustainability and impact energy absorption. Development of a new generation of rubberised concrete barrier with high crashworthiness performance using an innovative concept of rubberised concrete incorporating end-of-life tyres with enhanced and high-impact-energy-absorption recently developed at the University of Western Australia. Infrastructure planning and investment
The University of Newcastle Linking virtual reality with road safety for Indigenous Australians to understand why Indigenous people may or may not obtain a driver licence and the implications for resource accessibility; and to determine Indigenous peoples' VR technology requirements and expectations. Indigenous Australians
University of Sydney Reducing pedestrian crashes through better intersection design by establishing an Australian evidence base for the relationship between intersection design, delay and safety outcomes. Infrastructure planning and investment
Monash University Development of on-bike technology to capture objective and subjective measures of cyclist safety Vulnerable road users
The University of New South Wales Improving road safety delivery cyclists - This project will produce the first comprehensive study of the experience of delivery cyclists in Australia's two largest cities. Vulnerable road users
The University of Adelaide A novel low-cost Safe System-aligned treatment for regional and remote intersections Remote road safety
ARRB Group Ltd Using advanced driver assist technologies to inform road safety treatment priority locations Infrastructure planning and investment
Griffith University Advancing road safety: Identifying the physiological causes of fatigue in professional drivers during vehicle operations Risky road use
Neuroscience Research Australia Addressing child restraint system misuse through design - now and into the future. Vehicle safety
La Trobe University Development of planning-stage crash prediction tools for use at the planning stages. Infrastructure planning and investment
The University of New South Wales Improving young novice and experienced drivers' speed management Risky road use
ARRB Group Ltd Test effectiveness of a novel approach to roundabout design which will save both time and money, making roundabouts a more cost-effective treatment for addressing intersection crashes which are major contributors to road trauma. Infrastructure planning and investment
Caravan Industry Association of Australia Ltd To investigate various driver intelligent assistant technologies to improve in-transit driver safety for caravans & light trailers nationally Vehicle safety
HeroSeraph Pty Ltd Research, development and test a system to detect mobility-impaired pedestrians on and in the vicinity of the roadway to increase their safety and promote inclusivity Vulnerable road users
Swinburne University of Technology An evaluation of telematics devices for improving the driving behaviour of young drivers Risky road use
Eye Candy Animation Pty Limited Design, develop and evaluate a virtualised driver training tool designed primarily for those moving through the graduate licensing scheme Vulnerable road users
The University of Sydney Strategic scheduling and deployment of random breath and drug testing operations Risky road use
Queensland University of Technology Explore safety issues arising from fundamental changes of the driver's role in Automated Vehicles from an active controller to a passive supervisor, with associated risks of inattention, reduced situational awareness, and human errors. Vehicle safety
Acusensus Australia Pty Ltd Evaluate techniques to assess the likelihood of drivers to be impaired by drugs or alcohol. Risky road use
Deakin University Improving cycling safety at intersections using proactive personal safety alerts Vulnerable road users
The University of New South Wales Study on effectiveness of rigid safety barrier, made of high energy absorbing Crumb Rubber Concrete (CRC), on improving road safety. Infrastructure planning and investment
Queensland University of Technology Examining barriers associated with the uptake and acceptability of Advanced Rider Assistance Systems Vulnerable road users
OmniGrip Direct Pty Ltd Improve night-time road safety hybrid reflective, photoluminescent (PL) and solar-charged LED Chevron Alignment Marker (CAM) road signs Infrastructure planning and investment
Flinders University Determining the effectiveness of vestibular and ocular motor function screening assessments for identifying sleepy drivers Risky road use
Omni-Aware Holdings Pty Ltd Evaluating crash risk and risky road use using LiDAR based perception technology Risky road use
Monash University Heavy vehicle safety: developing and evaluating a systems-thinking crash investigation tool Heavy vehicle safety
The University of Adelaide In-depth no-blame investigations of crashes involving trucks Heavy vehicle safety
Swinburne University of Technology Road Safety Barriers: Assessment of Standard Systems and optimisation of Emerging Designs Infrastructure planning and investment
Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) Roadwise Program Road Safety Ratings for Local Government Road Project - Create a tool to assess the safety of local government roads using a simple and clear methodology to help prioritise road network investment. Infrastructure planning and investment
Swinburne University of Technology Driver monitoring technologies to quantify impairment for medicinal cannabis users Risky road use
The University of New South Wales Choosing safer vehicles and increasing the competency and confidence of older drivers in the use of advanced vehicle technologies (AVT) Vehicle safety
Queensland University of Technology A novel real-time risk assessment system for vulnerable road users at signalised intersections using Artificial Intelligence-based video analytics Vulnerable road users
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Heavy vehicle wheel end fire and mechanical failure prevention device Vehicle safety
The University of Adelaide Mass collection of naturalistic cyclist-vehicle passing distance data for evidence-based road safety intervention Vulnerable road users
The University of Queensland Prediction of crash risk of school children in Brisbane pilot school zones via artificial intelligence Vulnerable road users
Central Queensland University How tired is too tired to drive? Reducing fatal and serious injuries from road crashes by establishing the concept of deemed impairment for fatigued driving Risky road use
Australian Forest Contractors Association Forestry Log Haulage Safety Initiative: Develop tools to be able to be adopted quickly to support risk mitigation with technology and improve current practice to reduce human error factors. Heavy vehicle safety
Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation Limited This project aims to understand more about the trends, causes and factors that lead to road trauma in children and then implement trial programs to combat the rise and aim to reduce road trauma to zero. Vulnerable road users
University of the Sunshine Coast Capturing road safety data from gig economy workers: Development and trial of the Gig economy Reporting of Incidents Tool (GRIT) Workplace road safety

Round One

Under Round One, the fund provided $2 million shared between 13 successful projects ranging from protecting vulnerable users including pedestrians, cyclists and children, through to crash prediction models, improving night visibility of signs, boosting heavy vehicle safety by trialing automated inspection capabilities and driver decline sensitivity testing. A full list of projects can be found in the Deputy Prime Minister's media release.

Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund

The Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund provides $4 million over four years from 2019–20 for grants to fund road safety awareness, education and collaboration initiatives. Twenty projects have been funded aimed at reducing road trauma in Australia. They include rural and regional road safety, promoting and raising awareness on the impacts of speeding, driveway safety, sharing the road and combating fatigue through the expansion of the Driver Reviver program.

Successful applicants include community organisations, road safety groups and local governments from around Australia. The projects target a broad range of road users, from young people to heavy vehicle drivers, all with the aim of reducing fatal and serious injuries on our roads.

A full list of projects can be found in the Minister’s media release.