Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New funding round puts heavy vehicle safety front and centre

Media Release

DC432/2017

15 December 2017

  • $98 million made available under Round Six of Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program
  • Program designed to improve heavy vehicle safety and freight efficiency
  • Applications are open from 15 December 2017 until 30 March 2018

Many of Australia's key freight routes will soon be safer and more efficient with applications now open for Round Six of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the program had improved economic productivity by funding road infrastructure upgrades to ensure freight vehicles have access to safe, reliable and efficient roads.

“Under the sixth round the Australian Government is providing state, territory and local governments with access to almost $100 million to help fund upgrades that will benefit heavy vehicle operators and the Australian community,” Mr Chester said.

“Better roads and heavy vehicle infrastructure means better productivity and reduced road trauma.

“Round six follows the almost $200 million provided by the Australian Government over the previous two rounds to help fund over 135 projects across the national road network.

“Successful projects under round five included the construction of extended acceleration lanes from exiting rest areas, major intersection upgrades, sealing and road widening works and road realignments designed to improve vehicle cornering and safety on problematic bends.

“I encourage applicants to discuss priorities with local communities and relevant stakeholders early in the process to ensure their views are considered in the development of proposals.”

The Australian Government will provide up to $5 million to cover 50 per cent of the total cost of each project. Funding will be matched through a combination of local, state/territory government and private sector arrangements.

Applications for Round Six will be open for 15 weeks, from today until Friday 30 March 2018.

The Guidelines for completing HVSPP applications and more information about the assessment process, critical dates, and key departmental contacts, are available at: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx