NSW Safer Roads Program and the Australian Government Black Spot Programme

The NSW Safer Roads Program and the Australian Government Black Spot Programme target road locations where crashes occur. Councils can seek funding for treatment of black spots and other targeted treatments from either the Australian Government Black Spot Programme or the Safer Roads Program.

NSW Safer Roads Program

The Safer Roads Program, which includes the NSW State Black Spot Program, is a targeted infrastructure treatment program. The Safer Roads Program aims to reduce the number of casualty crashes and reduce the severity of injuries when a crash does occur. These objectives are achieved by implementing low cost engineering treatments and countermeasures. The Program is split into several sub-programs, all targeting high severity crash types, locations and/or vulnerable road users.

The Program comprises the following nine targeted sub programs:

  • Run-off Road and Head-on
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Local Government Road Safety
  • Route Safety Reviews
  • Motorcycle Safety
  • Intersection Safety
  • Fatal Crash Response
  • State Black Spot
  • Cycling Safety

Australian Government Black Spot Programme

The Australian Government is committed to reducing crashes on Australian roads. By funding initiatives 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.

The Australian Government has extended the program until 30 June 2018.

Roads and Maritime Services administer (on behalf of the Australian Government) the Australian Government Black Spot Programme in NSW.  This includes:

  • Reviewing all NSW Black Spot nominations received against the eligibility criteria
  • Undertaking an economic assessment of the proposed treatment
  • Preparing a summary of the nominations received to present to the NSW Black Spot Consultative Panel for consideration
  • RMS advises other road authorities within NSW of project approval and the process for delivery and payment for works completed. This includes management of any variation requests.

Nominations for the Australian Government Black Spot Programme will be automatically considered for the NSW Safer Roads Program. Other road authorities do not need to re-submit their nomination again, but will need to indicate their willingness to contribute to the funding of their project.

Links

For further information on the Australian Government Black Spot Programme see Black Spot Programme on the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.

Documents and Forms

Proforma for changes to approved scope and withdrawals

Proforma for changes to approved scope and withdrawals

Project completed form to be sent to Roads and Maritime Services when project is completed for payment of funds

Nomination form for councils - including the Benefit Cost Ratio spreadsheet used for 2016/17 nominations

Nomination form for councils - includes Benefit Cost Ratio spreadsheet used for 2015/16 nominations

Nomination form for councils - includes Benefit Cost Ratio spreadsheet used for 2014/15 nominations

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