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.