Seven projects aimed at reducing road trauma in Australia will have a share of $3.3 million in funding over four years.
The funding will come from the Federal Government’s Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund (RSAEF).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said one death or one crash on our roads is one too many.
“The Federal Government places great priority on road safety and that’s why we are taking strong action to bring down the number of deaths and serious injuries from road crashes in Australia over the coming decade,” Mr. McCormack said.
“The Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund plays a key role in supporting road safety action by strengthening communication in local communities.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the Federal Government is also supporting proven programs such as the Driver Reviver program through this funding.
“The funding will help deliver and expand the Driver Reviver program by recruiting more volunteers and promoting the Driver Reviver locations around the country to combat fatigue,” Mr. Buchholz said.
An open grant round of the Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund closed on 15 November and successful applicants are expected to be announced by the end of the year.
Election commitments for the Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund:
- Delivery and expansion of the Driver Reviver Program – $1.2M, over four years
- Safety awareness programs by the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, for drivers of recreational vehicles, such as caravans, campervans and motorhomes, on how to interact with road users -$1M, over four years
- Initiative for the Australiasian College of Road Safety to establish a self‑sustaining International Outreach Chapter in Asia to work with international organisations and Asian governments on improving road safety and health outcomes in the region – $400,000, over two years
- Sponsorship of Fatality Free Friday, an Australia-wide event that is recognised as Australia’s only national community based road safety program – $200,000 over four years
- A Road Worker Safety Campaign by the Traffic Management Association of Australia. To deliver national awareness campaigns to road users about operating safely around road workers who have been identified as a high-risk group on both urban and regional roads – 200,000 over four years
- $200,ooo to support the Australasian Road Safety Conference, to provide financial certainty for the key road safety conference for the Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific region.
- $100,000 to support National Road Safety Week, an initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group that aims to highlight the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it.