The Australian Government is funding innovation in road safety education by investing in programs that promote safer driving options and combat driver fatigue.
Driver Reviver Site Upgrades
The Government is investing $8 million over two years through Driver Reviver Site Upgrades to improve amenities at driver reviver locations nation-wide and to support the establishment of new sites.
Round 1 of the Driver Reviver Site Upgrades program has now been finalised, with 22 organisations sharing in nearly $700,000 in grant funding to purchase portable electronic variable message signs for 34 Driver Reviver sites around Australia. These signs will be used to promote awareness for operational Driver Reviver sites and will be made available for other road safety messaging when not required at the Driver Reviver sites.
A second round of the Driver Reviver Site Upgrades is expected to open in late 2020, with further funding available for broader on-site upgrades, which will prioritise bushfire-affected sites and fitting out new sites to expand the program.
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.
Digital Road Safety Passport
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.
Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety ratings
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.