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Deliver national transport, development and safety objectives through road funding programmes

Key strategy Performance indicators Achievement
Deliver national transport, development and safety objectives through road funding programmes.
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
National transport, development and safety goals evident in planning and implementing roads programmes. Substantially achieved

Key achievements

Efforts in 2002-03 to work towards improving national transport, and contribute both to transport safety and transport accessibility and sustainability in Australia, were focused through:

  • implementing the Commonwealth's road funding programmes
  • improving the development and safety goals in the delivery of its road funding programmes including the National Black Spot Programme (see p. 47) for a more detailed report) and the Safety and Urgent Minor Works component of the National Highway Programme.

The funding programmes that contribute to transport accessibility and sustainability are:

  • National Highway and Roads of National Importance Programme and its Safety and Urgent Minor Works component
  • Roads to Recovery Programme.

National Highway and Roads of National Importance Programme

The Australian Government spent $980.7 million in 2002-03 on the National Highway and Roads of National Importance programmes. Some of the key funding overseen by the department included $68.9 million on the Western Sydney Orbital, $43.9 million to convert the Bruce Highway to four lanes between Yandina and Cooroy in Queensland and $10.3 million to widen Portrush Road in Adelaide.

The National Highway Programme also provided $297.4 million funding to maintain national highway infrastructure. The national highway continues to provide a high standard of travel for motorists. Information provided by state and territory governments on 'smooth traffic exposure' on the national highway shows that more than 96 per cent of traffic on the national highway experiences smooth travel exposure. Smooth travel exposure is a measure of the roughness of and, therefore, the condition and safety of a road.

The Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics evaluation of the programme estimated that Black Spot treatments have prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1500 serious crashes in the first three years of operation.

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Roads to Recovery Programme

The Roads to Recovery Programme provided $202.2 million during 2002-03 to councils for road works. A review undertaken by the department and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) found that 23 per cent of the works undertaken as part of the Roads to Recovery Programme had a safety emphasis with transport efficiency and economic development also common emphases.

The programme also has provided economic stimulation to local economies across Australia and generated employment, particularly in rural and regional areas.

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