Road Safety

Federal Black Spot Program

The aim of the Black Spot Program is to reduce crashes and fatalities on Australian roads by identifying and rectifying the troublesome road conditions.

Each year, road fatalities and crashes impose a major cost to Australians. The Black Spot Program targets road locations where crashes are continuously occurring or have a high potential to occur and rectify the situation by putting in place measures such as traffic signals, roundabouts, road widening, etc.

The Federal Government has changed the program’s eligibility criteria for 2015-16 and 2016-17 aimed to assist communities to compete for this additional funding. Under the new criteria, the minimum Benefit Cost Ratio for proposals has been reduced from 2:1 to 1:1. In addition, the minimum crash history of sites has been reduced from 3 to 2 casualty crashes per kilometre over five years or 0.13 casualty crashes per kilometre each year over five years. The criteria has also been amended to allow more funding for the proactive treatment of unsafe roads. Consultative Panels will be able to allocate up to 40% of funding to sites on the basis of a road safety audit. The government has also guaranteed that at least 50% of funding provided over the next two years will be dedicated to fixing roads in regional Australia.

From here the Black Spot Consultative Panel reviews the applications and determines which have a greater importance.

For more information on the Black Spot Program, click here

National Heavy Vehicle Regulations

The Northern Territory Government has decided it will not be adopting the fatigue  management aspects of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) until it can be clearly demonstrated the laws are workable in remote Australia and the benefits can be proven.

Although not adopting them, the NT will recognise the HVNL Fatigue Management options and will continue to recognise the Western Australian Fatigue Management system for those operators crossing borders.

This approach will allow operators to opt into the system that best suits their business needs without compromising safety.

For more information go to the Northern Territory Government website here and the Australian Government website here

Guidelines for Road Safety Around Schools

What are the guidelines?

These guidelines are produced for the express purpose of enhancing the safety of children travelling to, from and around schools by:

  • providing information on many of the major road safety issues involved
  • providing information on how best to maintain or improve road safety for children travelling to and from schools as well as advising where further assistance might be obtained
  • providing answers to commonly asked questions about road safety issues around schools.

Who are they for?

The guidelines have been designed to be used by local road authorities, teachers and school staff, school councils, school road safety committee members, school occupational health and safety committee members and other interested community members. Interested parties are guided through a range of education, encouragement, environmental and engineering strategies that can contribute towards a safer school transport environment.

The guidelines are made up of the following parts:

  1. Background, roles and responsibilities
  2. Road Safety Problems and solutions
  3. Remote communities
  4. Resources for schools
  5. Useful resources and references

For a copy of the guidelines click:

Guidelines for Road Safety Around Schools (2.7 MiB)