Road Safety Programs

Australia has committed to a goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads (Vision Zero) by 2050.

The Australian Government’s Office of Road Safety facilitates the work towards Vision Zero by federal, state, territory and local governments and the road safety sector. This includes:

  • administering road safety infrastructure and non-infrastructure programs through the Australian Government’s $33.4 billion, four-year road safety investment
  • administering grants for sector-led road safety initiatives
  • developing new programs and initiatives to support Vision Zero and interim targets set through the National Road Safety Strategy.

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Australian Government road safety initiatives

The Australian Government is investing $33.4 billion over four years from 2020-21 to improve safety on Australian roads. This is part of a $120 billion investment in transport infrastructure to manage our growing population, meet our national freight challenge and get Australians home sooner and safer. 

National Road Safety Program

The Australian Government’s Road Safety Program supports the fast roll out of lifesaving road safety treatments on rural and regional roads and greater protection for vulnerable road users in urban areas. Learn more about the Road Safety Program.

Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund (RSAEF)

The Australian Government is providing $4 million over four years from 2019–20 in grants to support projects across Australia that aim to reduce road trauma through improvements in road safety awareness, education and collaboration. Learn more about the Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund.

Road Safety Innovation Fund (RSIF)

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

Driver Reviver Site Upgrades

The Australian Government is investing $8 million over two years from 2019-20 to improve amenities at driver reviver locations nation-wide and to support the establishment of new sites. Learn more about the Driver Reviver Site Upgrades program.

Local roads and community infrastructure

The Australian Government is working in partnership with state, territory and local governments to deliver safety improvements and upgrades to local roads and community infrastructure

Targeted Road Safety Works

As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government has committed $500 million to supporting road safety improvements delivered by states and territories that can be completed within 12 months. Learn more about the Targeted Road Safety Works program.

Supporting sector-led road safety programs

The Australian Government also supports a range of sector-led programs focused on improving the safety for Australian road users.

Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP Safety)

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP Safety) is an independent safety ratings program that provides information for consumers on the level of safety provided by both new and used vehicles, showing how well a vehicle protects its occupants from death or serious injury in a crash. The Australian Government has committed $8.96 million from 2016-17 to supporting ANCAP Safety until 2022-23. Learn more about ANCAP Safety.

Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR)

The Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) program provides consumers with independent information on the level of safety offered by used vehicles in the event of an accident. The USCR program is funded as part of the Australian Government’s $8.96 million ANCAP Safety funding commitment from 2016-17 until 2022-23.  Learn more about the Used Car Safety Ratings program.

Digital Road Safety Passport

The Australian Road Safety Foundation’s Digital Road Safety Passport, also known as ‘Roadset’, is a free online interactive learning tool to help young people become better road users. With a focus on year 9 students, the program covers the foundations of road safety, including getting to and from school safely.  The Australian Government has committed $1.8 million to the Roadset program from 2019-20 until 2021-22. Learn more about the Digital Road Safety Passport (Roadset).

Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI)

The Australian Government provides $5.5 million each year to support implementable, value-for-money projects that deliver tangible improvements to heavy vehicle safety. Learn more about the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.