Road Safety Program
The Australian Government's $2 billion Road Safety Program is part of the ongoing commitment to improving road safety for all Australians and reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. The funding supports the fast roll out of lifesaving road safety treatments on rural and regional roads and greater protection for vulnerable road users, like cyclists and pedestrians, in urban areas. This program will provide an estimated 35% reduction in fatal and serious injuries to help reduce the $30 billion annual cost of road trauma on the economy. As a condition of funding, states and territories will be required to provide road safety data.
The Road Safety Program will see safety improvements on state highways and arterial roads, through the application of safety treatments including shoulder sealing and the installation of rumble strips, to support the safe return of vehicles from the shoulder into the travel lane; physical barriers to prevent run off road crashes; and median treatments to prevent head-on vehicle collisions.
This program builds on the Government's existing funding and initiatives to improve road safety and drive down deaths and serious injuries on our roads, including the $500 million targeted road safety upgrades announced as part of the infrastructure stimulus package in June 2020.
The national Office of Road Safety is supporting the Government's road safety agenda, including by working closely with states, territories and local governments to develop the new National Road Safety Strategy for the decade 2021–30.