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 manages infrastructure and non-infrastructure programs that facilitate the work towards Vision Zero by federal, state, territory and local governments and the road safety sector. This includes:

  • administering the Australian Government’s $25 billion, four-year road safety investment
  • administering grants for sector-led road safety initiatives
  • developing new programs and initiatives to support the goal of Vision Zero by 2050 and interim targets set through the National Road Safety Strategy.

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Australian Government road safety initiatives

The Australian Government is investing $25 billion over four years from 2020-21 to improve safety on Australian roads. This is part of a $110 billion, 10-year 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 Office of Road Safety is administering a $3 billion Road Safety Program to support 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 Office of Road Safety 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 Office of Road Safety 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 Office of Road Safety is investing $8 million over two years 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 Office of Road Safety has committed $6.64 million until 2023 to support the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP Safety). The independent safety ratings program provides consumers with independent information on the level of safety provided by both new and used vehicles in the event of an accident. Learn more about ANCAP Safety.

Digital Road Safety Passport

The Office of Road Safety has provided $1.8 million to support the Australian Road Safety Foundation’s (ARSF) Digital Road Safety Passport, ‘Roadset’.  The tool targets year nine students, providing free online interactive learning to help young people become better road users, covering the foundations of road safety, including getting to and from school safely. Learn more about the Digital Road Safety Passport.

Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI)

The Office of Road Safety 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.

Keys2drive

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) provides a free lesson to learner drivers and their supervisors. The Office of Road Safety has committed $16 million to extend the delivery of this program until 2023. Learn more about Keys2drive.

Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR)

This program provides consumers in the market for a second-hand vehicle with safety ratings showing how well a vehicle protects its occupant from death or serious injury in a crash. Learn more about the Used Car Safety Ratings program.