Australian Government Black Spot Programme and the NSW Government Safer Roads Program

Councils can seek funding for treatment of black spots and other targeted treatments from either the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme or the NSW Government’s Safer Roads Program.

Updates and announcements

Nominations for the 2020/21 round of Australian Government Black Spot Programme and NSW Safer Roads Program are now open until 31 July 2019 and must be submitted through the Safer Roads Program Management System (Online Portal). Nominations will automatically be considered for both Programs where criteria for both Programs are met.

The Safer Roads Program will have increased funding for council nominated projects in 2020/21 compared to previous years. The Safer Roads Program will allow for project submissions which meet the following criteria: 2 casualty crashes in 5 years (discrete lengths <3km long) and 0.13 casualty crashes/km/year (lengths 3km or longer).

Note: The current criteria for the Australian Government Black Spot Programme remains in 2020/21 as 3 casualty crashes in 5 years (<3km) and 0.2 casualty crashes/km/yr (>3km).

Australian Government Black Spot Programme

The Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme targets specific road locations where crashes are occurring by funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts to reduce the risk of further crashes occurring. The Black Spot Programme makes an important contribution in reducing the national road toll under the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan.

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 $1.0 billion to the Black Spot Program from the 2013-2014 financial year to the 2022-2023 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.

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 safety treatment
  • Preparing a summary of the nominations received to present to the NSW Black Spot Consultative Panel for consideration
  • Roads and Maritime 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 Government’s Safer Roads Program. Since 2017/18, the Australian Black Spot Programme has contributed 100% funding to local government projects due to the available allocation for state road projects in the Safer Roads Program.

NSW Government Safer Roads Program

The NSW Safer Roads Program delivers on key initiatives of the NSW Road Safety Plan 2021, the Saving Lives on Country Roads initiative and Liveable and Safe Urban Communities initiative, targeting a 30% reduction of fatalities and serious injuries on the NSW road network by 2021 (based on 2008-10 levels). The Safer Roads Program is designed to improve roads and roadsides with a higher crash risk and incidence of high severity crash types in line with the internationally recognised Safe System approach.

This is achieved by consistently implementing low cost engineering treatments and countermeasures over lengths or areas with a high crash risk rather than locations with crash history. The Program is split into several sub-programs, all targeting high severity crash types, locations and/or vulnerable road users. The criteria for each sub-program is available within project nominations in the Online Portal via the link ‘Subprogram Eligibility Criteria’ under Safety Benefit Options > Safety Benefits Results.

The sub-programs include:

  • state black spot
  • high risk curves
  • fatigue
  • safe systems pedestrian safety
  • local government road safety
  • motorcycle safety
  • intersection safety
  • cycling safety
  • fatal crash response
  • route safetyr review
  • vehicle activated signage

Online management system

All nominations for the 2020/21 road safety programs are to be submitted through the Safer Roads Program Management System (Online Portal) through these links:

To create or update a user account, please email your full name, council LGA, RMS region and desired access level (see below) to SRP.Support@transport.nsw.gov.au and allow up to 3 business days for a response.

A PDF copy of the User Guide is available via a link within the Online Portal and basic training for council users is conducted annually in April as part of the AGBSP/SRP Council Workshops held within each RMS region. 

Who can make a submission?

Nominations can be created, updated and maintained by Council Users/Managers and RMS Users/Managers. Only Council Manager accounts or RMS Manager accounts can submit nominations for review, therefore each council needs at least one Council Manager account.

Any individual or member of the public, including private organisations or peak body associations can also make a nomination by using the official Black Spot Nomination form. This information will be forwarded for assessment to the relevant road authority.

Nominations for 2019/20 road safety programs closed on 31 July 2018. Nominations for 2020/21 road safety programs will close on 31 July 2019.

Links

For further information on the Australian Government Black Spot Programme visit the Black Spot Programme.

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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