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5 February 2024

Federal Government Seeks Innovative Road Safety Ideas

ITS Australia


In January, the Federal Government’s Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator the Hon Carol Brown announced that applications are now open for three more focus areas of the Australian Government’s National Road Safety Action Grants Program.

This is an important announcement, as despite ambitious national targets to reduce Australia’s road toll by half by 2030 and attaining zero road deaths by 2050, the national road toll hit a 5-year high of 1,253 in 2023. These alarming figures underpin the importance of innovation – and leveraging the knowledge, skills and experience of our ITS sector to pitch new ideas that can put the nations road safety targets back on track.

ITS Australia is interested in partnering with any of our members that may have a project or idea that can form the basis of a joint funding application. We’ll bring our extensive knowledge as well as expertise in policy engagement and managing collaborative projects to support suitable applications.

Through the Office of Road Safety, the Australian Government has committed $43.6 million from 2022-23 over four years to the National Road Safety Action Grants Program, which will provide non-infrastructure grants to deliver the implementation of the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30 and National Road Safety Action Plan 2023-25.

The three focus areas open for grant applications in this round are First Nations Road Safety, Technology and Innovation, and Research and Data:

First Nations Road Safety

First Nations peoples bear a higher burden of road trauma, and are nearly three times more likely to die in road crashes than other Australians. In line with governments’ commitment to the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, the Australian Government will create partnerships with First Nations peoples, communities and organisations to jointly develop culturally appropriate countermeasures to close the gap for First Nations peoples by improving road safety outcomes.

Technology and Innovation

The road safety environment is evolving. New and emerging technologies, such as Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) have the potential to improve transport safety, productivity, accessibility and sustainability. Other developments, such as the emergence and rapid take-up of personal mobility devices such as e-scooters introduce alternate ways to travel, and increase options for multi-modal transport. However, these advancements are also increasing the complexity of the road safety landscape, particularly in how they use and interact with the road and other road users.

Research and Data

Research is vital to progress the development of new approaches, to pilot and trial real-world new concepts, test innovative ideas and develop best practice models and guidelines. There is also a critical need to improve national road safety data, and strengthen the evidence base for decisions on the most efficient and effective ways to deliver better road safety outcomes.

The Program is open to a range of organisations including not-for-profit and research, as well as local, state and territory governments. Applications for these streams close at 11.59pm on Sunday, 31 March 2024.

If you’re interested in discussing opportunities with us, contact our Policy Manager, Stacey Ryan at

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