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Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme

The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme (HVSPP) is an Australian Government initiative established under the Nation Building (National Land Transport) Act 2009 (the Act) to improve safety and productivity outcomes of heavy vehicle operations across Australia.

Heavy vehicles are involved in many serious accidents across Australia annually - “during the 12 months to September 2011, 230 people died from 204 fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles or buses” 1 and there is significant evidence linking such accidents with fatigue2. Drivers are also required to comply with heavy vehicle driver fatigue-related legislation which ensures that regular and effective rest breaks are taken during long journeys.

The size of the heavy vehicle road freight task was 503 billion tonne kilometres in 20083, according to the National Transport Commission (NTC), and this is expected to reach 1,540 billion tonne kilometres by 20504. NTC argues that “improved productivity is the key to reducing the effect of the growing freight task on road safety, the environment and the amenity of our communities”.

To reduce the number of accidents involving heavy vehicles (and the associated trauma and economic cost) and to improve the productivity of heavy vehicle operations, funding has been applied through the HVSPP to projects that directly improve conditions for heavy vehicle drivers.

The first two rounds of the HVSPP provided $70 million in the period 2008-09 to 2011-12. The Government will provide a further $250 million to extend the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program from 2012-13 to 2018-19.

Round Three Projects - 2012-13 and 2013-14

HVSPP Round Three provides funds to states and territories under six categories:

  • Rest Area projects: which improve the provision of heavy vehicle rest areas on key interstate routes;
  • Parking/Decoupling Bay projects: which provide heavy vehicle parking/decoupling areas and facilities in outer urban/regional areas;
  • Technology Trial projects: which include the trial technologies to improve heavy vehicle safety and/or productivity;
  • Road Enhancement projects: which enhance the capacity and/or safety of roads (including bridges) to allow access by high productivity vehicles to more of the road network;
  • Demonstration projects: which facilitate innovation to improve heavy vehicle safety and productivity projects; and
  • Livestock Transport Industry projects: which improve heavy vehicle safety and productivity for specific livestock transport operations.

The HVSPP Round Three Guidelines outline the administration arrangements and key considerations for selecting projects to be funded by the Programme. [PDFPDF: 135 KB] [docReader icon]

Round Three Projects

The third round of funding worth $50 million over 2012-13 and 2013-14 is now fully allocated. Details of the Round Three projects in the states and territories can be found on the links below:

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

Round Two Projects

The second round of funding worth $40 million over 2010-11 and 2011-12 is now fully allocated. Details of Round Two projects can be found on the links below.

Round One Projects

The first round of funding worth $30 million over 2008-09 and 2009-10 is now fully allocated. Details of Round One projects can be found on the links 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.

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] [docReader icon]

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”.


1 BITRE: ‘Fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles, Australia quarterly bulletin Jul-Sep 2011.
2 Driver fatigue is a significant cause of crashes, estimated to contribute to 20-30% of fatal crashes (Australian Transport Council 2011) as reported in the Austroads Report ‘ A Proposed Heavy Vehicle rest Area Needs and Prioritisation Methodology’ – May 2012.
3 National Transport Commission (NTC) Australia (Modular B-Triples: Fact Sheet, May 2012).
4 Ibid.

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Last Updated: 17 January, 2014