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 Former 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

Changes to Black Spot Programme for safer regional roads

Media Release


18 June 2014

The Australian Government is delivering on its promise to broaden the eligibility criteria of the national Black Spot Programme to make it easier for regional communities to compete for a record $200 million in additional funding for vital road safety projects.

In 2015-16 and 2016-17 the Australian Government will almost triple its investment in the Black Spot Programme to $160 million a year.

At least 50 per cent of the funding in this period will be dedicated to fixing roads in regional Australia, where more than 60 per cent of road deaths and 35 per cent of serious injuries occur.

In addition to this, the minimum required benefit cost ratio for funded projects will be reduced from 2:1 to 1:1, making more projects eligible.

The crash history requirement for black spots will also be reduced from three to two casualty crashes in five years.

These changes are being introduced to ensure we build economically productive infrastructure across regional Australia whilst also delivering genuine road safety solutions to the communities that need it most.

Re-focusing the programme's criteria will also help to address the increased risks motorists face on regional roads with the per capita risk of death or hospitalisation following a crash in a rural area significantly higher than urban areas.

Black Spot Programme Consultative Panels are already established in each state and territory to independently consider and prioritise nominated sites for funding.

Panels can direct up to 40 per cent of programme funding to fixing Black Spots that do not meet the crash history criterion, provided they have undergone an independent safety audit.

The Australian Government's record $500 million investment in the Black Spot Programme will help save lives, boost productivity and create new local jobs throughout Australia.

Where there is a known crash history, anyone can nominate a black spot in their area for funding.

Nomination forms for Black Spot Projects are available at: