The Australian Government has responded to road safety experts and stakeholders by creating the National Road Safety Action Grants Program (NRSAGP). The program, announced in last week’s Budget, will receive $43.6 million over four years starting from 2022-23. It supports the Vision Zero commitment and aligns with the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 and National Road Safety Action Plan 2023-25.
The NRSAGP aims to fund initiatives in areas such as data collection, community education, First Nations road safety, vulnerable road users, technology, innovation, and research.
The Action Plan, endorsed by transport ministers and the Australian Local Government Association, focuses on over 70 actions and nine priority areas. Its implementation will contribute to achieving Vision Zero and can be found here.
The Government is investing $18.9 million over three years starting from 2023-24 to improve road safety data quality and accessibility. Additionally, $16.5 million is allocated to the Car Safety Ratings Program for enhanced testing protocols and safety evaluations.
Continuing their support for safer cycling, the government is partnering with the Amy Gillett Foundation through the Safer Cycling for Safer Roads program.
The Road Safety Program has already completed 1,400 projects, and the Australian Government will invest over $976 million in new infrastructure upgrades and treatments in the years 2023-24 and 2024-25.
Ongoing commitments include $500 million for the Roads to Recovery Program, $110 million annually for the Black Spot Program, $85 million per year for the Bridges Renewal Program, $65 million per year for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, and $18.9 million for transport research organizations and innovation projects.
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