Applications have opened for one of the Australian Government’s grant programs that fund non-infrastructure road safety projects and programs across the country.
Announced in the 2023-24 Budget, the Australian government committed $43.6 million to the National Road Safety Action Grants Program over four years from 2022-23 to 2025-26.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator the Honourable Carol Brown, said, “This program forms part of the Australian Government’s efforts to achieve Vision Zero – no deaths on Australia’s roads by 2050, as even one road death is one too many.”
Three funding streams of the project – First Nations Road Safety, Technology and Innovation, and Research and Data are now open.
The First Nations Road Safety funding stream aims to fund projects that will deliver local solutions for Indigenous Australian communities, and also support culturally relevant road safety messaging.
The Technology and Innovation funding stream aims to examine and conduct research into the effectiveness of new road and vehicle safety technologies, as well as projects which focus on new road safety technologies, innovations or initiatives.
The Research and Data funding stream aims to develop or extend national road safety research and data capabilities, collate data to identify emerging trends in crash causation, as well as research into crash prevention methods to reduce fatalities and serious injuries.
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and with programs like this, we can work together to make a big difference on our roads – so I encourage road safety related organisations and other interested groups to apply for these funding streams,” Senator Brown said.
The program is open to a range of organisations including not-for-profit and research, as well as local, state and territory governments. Applications are open until Monday 31 March 2024.