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Saving Lives Through the National Black Spot Programme

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

13th May 2003

The Federal Government will spend $45 million in 2003-04 through the National Black Spot Programme to eliminate crash sites and sections of road with a poor safety history, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Senator Ron Boswell, said today.

"The Black Spot Programme is one of our most effective weapons against road trauma and is estimated to prevent about 500 serious crashes a year," Senator Boswell said.

"Each state and territory receives an annual Black Spot Programme allocation based on their population and proportion of casualty crashes.

"Given that about 60 per cent of fatalities and 50 per cent of serious injuries occur on rural roads, half the funds are reserved for reducing road trauma in rural areas.

"A consultative panel in each state and territory considers nominations for black spot works and provides me with recommendations about the projects that will have the greatest safety impact. Each panel includes representatives from state government road and transport agencies, local government and community and road user groups.

"Widespread community consultation and participation have been instrumental to the success of the Black Spot Programme so far," Senator Boswell said.

The Government reintroduced the Black Spot Programme in July 1996. It was extended for four years in the 2002-03 Budget at a cost of $180 million.

The programme is an integral part of the National Road Safety Strategy, endorsed by all Australian transport ministers. The Strategy aims to reduce the national road fatality rate by 40 per cent by 2010.

The details of the Black Spot Programme funding allocations are attached.

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Black Spot Programme Funding Allocations


2002-03$m 2003-04$m 2004-05$m 2005-06$m Total$m
New South Wales 14.3 14.3 14.3 14.3 57.2
Victoria 10.4 10.4 10.4 10.4 41.7
Queensland 8.9 8.9 8.9 8.9 35.7
Western Australia 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 19.9
South Australia 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 14.0
Tasmania 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 4.5
Northern Territory 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 2.7
ACT 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 2.4
Administration and evaluation 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 2.0
Total 45.0 45.0 45.0 45.0 180.0

Figures may not add to totals due to rounding.