UPDATE May 2017
The Government has approved an extension to funding for Keys2drive, providing $20 million over four years, including the Australian Automobile Association’s $4 million contribution to the programme, for the provision of free lessons for approximately 200,000 young Australians and their parents or supervising driver. This programme continues to set up a foundation of good driving habits for tomorrow’s motorists.
The Australian Government is looking forward to partnering with the Australian Automobile Association in delivering an expanded, more effective Keys2Drive program.
In the 2017-18 budget, the Australian Government also announced continued funding of the Black Spot Programme with $684.5 million from 2013-14 to 2020-21 so it can continue to deliver safety improvements to sections of road with a poor crash history.
Our commitment to the Roads to Recovery Programme has been maintained, with $4.4 billion from 2013-14 to 2020-21 committed to the construction, repair and upgrade of local roads.
The Government’s Infrastructure Investment Programme will continue to improve the safety of our roads, with a contribution of more than $3.9 billion to safety projects. Projects such as the Bruce Highway Safety Package, which includes wide centre-line treatments that have been shown to reduce head-on collisions by up to 50 per cent, will contribute to a safer road network.
In addition to these commitments, the Government is also conducting research on roadside drug testing and options to reduce the impact of mobile phone distraction on road crashes. Both drug-impaired driving and mobile phone use while driving have been identified by senior police and State and Territory Road Safety Ministers as priority areas to address.
The research projects will form part of an inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy, which will be led by an independent reference group.
I am passionate about road safety and I refuse to accept that human lives are the price we have to pay for a modern road network. Funding these important road safety initiatives will continue to build on this Government’s legacy to ensure Australia remains one of the safest road systems in the world.
Previous information – 23 March 2017
The Australian Government is committed to road safety.
The Australian Government established the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 with the states and territories in May 2011, setting out a comprehensive 10-year agenda for road safety improvement.
The Australian Government works in partnership with state and territory governments to achieve the targets set under the National Road Safety Strategy, adopting the Safe System approach.
In relation to the Keys2Drive program, it was the Coalition Government that extended funding over the past twelve months to allow for a proper evaluation of the program. The application for additional funding over four years has been submitted to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
The Keys2Drive program will be considered as part of the standard Budget process and an announcement will be made by the Government in due course.
The Government is delivering improved safety through targeted infrastructure programmes including the Black Spot ($624.5 million), Roads to Recovery ($3.98 billion), Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity ($288 million), and Bridges Renewal ($360 million) programmes. The Government also redirected $4 million per year from Labor’s botched Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), to implement practical measures to improve safety. The Government also provides an additional $2.2 million to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) to continue its independent car safety ratings programme.