Road Safety Program
The Australian Government has announced a new $2 billion Road Safety Program as part of its ongoing commitment to improving road safety for all Australians and reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries our on roads. This funding will see the fast roll out of lifesaving road safety treatments on rural and regional roads and greater protection for vulnerable road users, like cyclists and pedestrians, in urban areas.
The Road Safety Program will see safety improvements on state highways and arterial roads, through the application of safety treatments including shoulder sealing and the installation of rumble strips to support the safe return of vehicles from the shoulder into the travel lane; physical barriers to prevent run off road crashes; and median treatments to prevent head-on vehicle collisions.
Funding under the program is offered on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis in three six-month tranches.
Approved projects under Tranche 1 have now been announced across all states and territories:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
Targeted Road Safety Works
The $500 million Targeted Road Safety Works Program is one of the many ways the Australian Government continues to invest in road safety to move towards zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.
This package will support a wide variety of road improvement projects around Australia, from the installation of guardrails, lighting, tactile edging and pedestrian crossings, to shoulder widening and sealing programs, upgrading traffic signals at key intersections, as well as safety-focused upgrades to urban and regional roads with a history of fatigue-related crashes.
Funding will be available for projects on state or territory roads to improve road user safety that can be completed within 12 months, providing an immediate boost to the economy and local jobs.
For more information, visit the Infrastructure Investment website.
Local and State Government Road Safety Package
The Australian Government’s $2.2 billion Local and State Government Road Safety Package demonstrates the continued focus on improving safety on road networks across Australia.
The Package increases funding to the following programs contributing to road safety:
- $1.1 billion for the Roads to Recovery Program
- $550 million for the Black Spot Program
- $275 million for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program
- $275 million for the Bridges Renewal Program
This forms part of the government’s $100 billion investment over ten years in transport infrastructure to bust congestion, better connect our regions, improve safety on our roads, and meet our national freight challenge.