Safety Barrier Products - assessment information

Austroads safety barrier assessment

Run-off-road crashes are one of the most common types of crashes in urban environments. Installing high performance safety barriers can create a safer roadside environment for road workers, pedestrians, bicycle riders, motorcyclists and drivers by preventing errant vehicles from leaving the roadway and instead directing the vehicle towards the traffic lane.

The Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel uses a structured system to assess products proposed for deployment in Australia and New Zealand. Products are evaluated in accordance with the Safe Design of Structures Code of Practice published by Safe Work Australia, and the Safety in Design requirements of the Work Health and Safety Acts enacted by Australian State governments.

The objectives of the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment process are to ensure the safety barriers permitted on our roads:

  • Support road safety objectives
  • Minimise risk to errant vehicle occupants, vulnerable road users (motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians) and road workers
  • Control impacting vehicle behaviour and manage hazards created by impacts
  • Use quality standards for materials and manufacturing
  • Are accompanied by comprehensive documentation and guidance on their use.

The assessment process streamlines operations for road agencies and ensures they meet their due diligence obligations.

Participating agencies

The following road agencies participate in the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel meetings:

  • Roads and Maritime Services, New South Wales
  • New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia
  • VicRoads, Victoria
  • Main Roads Western Australia.

The following Road Agencies receive the documentation of safety barrier product assessments:

  • Roads ACT, Australian Capital Territory
  • Department of State Growth, Tasmania
  • Department of Construction & Infrastructure, Northern Territory.

Constitutional arrangements mean that New Zealand and each Australian state government is responsible for managing safety barriers within its jurisdiction.

Each participating road agency will issue acceptance documents for products. The Austroads Acceptance Conditions are used as the basis for individual acceptance documents issued by each agency.

Assessment process

The Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Information Pack details the process.

Companies submitting products should use the Safety Barrier Assessment Submission (Word, 205KB) as a template.


The Secretariat
Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel
Roads and Maritime Services | Road Design Engineering
PO Box 3035


Austroads safety barrier assessment information pack

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