Black Spot Program
About the program
As part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian Government has committed an additional $50 million per year from 2019-20 to the Black Spot Program. The Government will provide $1.1 billion to the Black Spot Program from the 2013-2014 financial year to the 2023-24 financial year, with an on-going commitment of $110 million each year following.
Road crashes are a major cost to Australians every year. Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the program reduces the risk of crashes. Programs of this sort are very effective, saving the community many times the cost of the relatively minor road improvements that are implemented.
Nominations for Black Spot locations are invited from state and territory governments, local councils, community groups and associations, road user groups, industry and individuals. On receipt of a completed Black Spot nomination form, the relevant state and territory transport agency will examine the nominated site’s eligibility, and may undertake an economic assessment of a treatment proposal.
A Black Spot consultative panel, chaired by a Member of Parliament or Senator appointed by the responsible Minister, has been established in each state and territory. Consultative panels consist of representatives drawn from community and road user groups, industry, Australian and local government, and state road and transport agencies. All nominations are referred to the appropriate consultative panel, which generally meets annually to recommend projects for consideration and approval by the responsible Minister.
The Black Spot Program makes an important contribution in reducing the national road toll under the National Road Safety Strategy.