The Australian Government is funding innovation in road safety education by investing in programs that promote safer driving options and combat driver fatigue.
The Government boosted its commitment to the Keys2drive program by an additional $8 million dollars, providing $16 million in total to guarantee the delivery of the program until 2023. This program has been providing a free lesson to learner drivers and their supervisors. The Government is focused on increasing uptake in regional areas where young drivers are overrepresented in crashes.
Keys2drive is supported by an educational website with resources and information.
The Government has also provided $1.8 million to support a one year pilot of a Digital Road Safety Passport for year 9 students. The pilot will cover the foundations of road safety, including getting to and from school safely.
Through the Office of Road Safety, the Government is providing $6.64 million until 2023 to support the Australasian New Car Assessment Program's (ANCAP) safety ratings. ANCAP star ratings indicate the level of safety a vehicle provides for occupants and pedestrians in the event of a crash, as well as its ability—through technology—to avoid or minimise the effects of a crash. The independent safety ratings provide consumers with independent information on the level of safety provided by both new and used vehicles in the event of an accident.
This funding also supports the Used Car Safety Ratings program.
The Government is investing $8 million over two years through Driver Reviver Site Upgrades to improve amenities at the 175 existing driver reviver locations nation-wide and to support the establishment of new sites.