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Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme

The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme (HVSPP) is an Australian Government initiative to improve productivity and safety outcomes of heavy vehicle operations across Australia, through funding infrastructure projects.

The Australian Government has committed $200 million in new funding over five years from 2014-15. 

The specific HVSPP objectives are to:

  • Increase productivity of heavy vehicles by enhancing the capacity of existing roads and improving connections to freight networks; and
  • Improve the safety environment for heavy vehicles.

State, Territory and Local Governments are eligible to apply. The programme will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of the total project cost.

Proponents are encouraged to consult with industry and community more broadly on potential projects to ensure community views and industry priorities are considered in the development of proposals.

Projects will be selected as part of a competitive, merit based process.

Payments to all successful projects (including Councils) will be made through National Partnership Agreements to state/territory governments.

The first three rounds of the HVSPP provided $120 million in funding from 2008-09, with over $90 million in funding approved for projects under round four.

Round Five

The Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects has launched round five of the HVSPP. Round five is open to all state, territory and local governments, with up to $107 million in funding available.

Proposals will be called for from 2 December 2015 with the closing date being 10 February 2016.

Details on the programme parameters, how to apply and funding conditions are contained in the Programme Criteria. Proposal Forms will be available from 2 December 2015.

To receive a proposal form, register your interest with the Department by sending an email with your contact details to HVSPP@infrastructure.gov.au.

Round Four

The Deputy Prime Minister has announced the following successful proposals:

Eligible projects include:

  • upgrades to existing road infrastructure;
  • upgraded and new de-coupling areas;
  • technology enhancements;
  • developing new rest areas and upgrades to existing rest areas; and
  • demonstration projects.

Round Four was focused on projects that were well developed, with planning and approvals well advanced so construction can begin in the 2014-15 financial year.

Round Three Projects

The third round of funding worth $50 million is fully allocated. Details of the successful Round Three projects in the states and territories can be found on the links below:

 A list of all successful Round Three projects can be found on the link below:

Review of Round One and Two Projects

Funding of $70 million was provided for heavy vehicle safety and productivity projects over the four years from 2008-09 to 2011-12. Details of the completed rounds 1 and 2 projects can be seen on the Completed Infrastructure Projects webpage.

The Department contracted Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to conduct a review of the effectiveness of the HVSPP (Rounds 1 and 2). The review is complete and the report has been tabled in both houses of Parliament. [PDFPDF: 11912 KB]

The report concludes that:

  • “the HVSPP’s improved provision of rest areas allowing for increased stops by truck operators to more effectively manage fatigue will lead to a further reduction in heavy vehicle-related accidents on these routes”; and
  • “the availability of decoupling bays and the upgrading of the heavy vehicle network will result in the increased use of B-double vehicle configurations, and other HML vehicles, ... and subsequently lead to improved productivity outcomes”.


Last Updated: 24 November, 2015