National Road Safety Action Grants Program

National Road Safety Action Grants Program

  • Applications are open until 31 March 2024.
  • Grants generally range from $20,000 up to $1.5 million depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity. Smaller or larger grant amounts will also be considered, including amounts over $1.5 million where warranted, through a case-by-case assessment.

Australia has committed to achieving the goal of zero road fatalities and severe injuries by 2050, commonly known as Vision Zero. The National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30 is dedicated to the Safe System approach, aiming to enhance all facets of our road transport system through advancements under three key themes: Safe Roads, Safe Vehicles, and Safe Road Use.

The National Road Safety Action Grants Program (NRSAGP) plays a pivotal role in this endeavour. $37.6 million has been assigned for allocation to projects or activities through this Program. It provides non-infrastructure grants to facilitate the Australian Government's implementation of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2023-25 priorities across five key focus areas:
1. Community Education and Awareness, which encompasses workplace road safety
2. Vulnerable Road Users
3. First Nations road safety
4. Technology and Innovation
5. Research and Data

Key Requirements

Applications for the initial two focus areas, namely Community Education and Awareness (which includes workplace road safety) and Vulnerable Road Users, had concluded.

Applications are now open for the remaining three focus areas: First Nations Road Safety, Technology and Innovation, and Research and Data funding streams. The program invites a diverse range of organisations, including not-for-profit and research entities, as well as local, state, and territory governments. Grant activity must be completed by 31 January 2026.

Stream 3 – First Nations Road Users

Funding for this key area of activity is available exclusively to First Nations community-controlled organisations.

This funding stream is designed to finance projects delivering tailored solutions for First Nations communities, emphasising culturally relevant messaging. Potential activities include enhancing access to culturally appropriate road safety education, facilitating young driver training initiatives, providing assistance for First Nations individuals to acquire a driver’s license, organising community group activities aimed at improving road safety outcomes, and conducting education campaigns featuring pertinent road safety messages.

Stream 4 – Technology and Innovation

This funding stream aims to:

  • investigate and research the effectiveness of emerging road and vehicle safety technologies.
  • finance projects that introduce new road safety technologies, innovations, or initiatives.

Stream 5 – Research and Data

This funding stream aims to:

  • finance projects for the extension or enhancement of national road safety research and data capabilities.
  • compile new or analyse existing data to detect emerging trends in fatal or serious injury crash causation, crash types, involved vehicle types, or other innovative data applications contributing to a national reduction in fatalities or serious injuries.
  • investigate and conduct research on fatal and serious injury road crash causation, as well as prevention methods, with the ultimate goal of reducing fatalities and serious injuries.

What is eligible for funding?

For your grant activity to meet eligibility criteria, it must:

  • Directly align with the objectives and intended outcomes detailed in Key Requirements. Eligible activities may encompass, but are not confined to:
    • research and data collection
    • innovative approaches aimed at exploring the implementation of a Safe System approach to reducing road fatalities and serious injuries
    • investigation of mechanisms to enhance road design for improved safety
    • innovative solutions geared towards the protection of vulnerable road users
    • compilation of evidence-based best practices to inform future road design
  • You must confirm eligible contributions from either your organisation or other entities. The type of contribution is not prescribed, but it should constitute at least 30% of the total activity cost.
  • Acknowledge that data and research acquired through the activity will be made accessible to the Australian Government.

Grant funds must be allocated exclusively to eligible expenses incurred in connection with eligible grant activities. It’s important to note that not all expenses associated with your grant activity may qualify for grant funding. The Program Delegate holds the ultimate authority in determining the eligibility of expenditures and can provide guidance on eligible expenses when necessary.

Eligible expenditure items encompass the following:

  • staff salaries and associated on-costs that can be directly linked to the execution of the grant activity, in accordance with the terms outlined in the grant agreement
  • travel and accommodation costs directly linked to the grant activity, as specified in the grant agreement.
  • assets, as defined in the terms and conditions of the grant agreement, that can be reasonably attributed to achieving the deliverables outlined in the grant agreement. This may encompass items such as IT equipment or specialised software
  • expenses related to data acquisition, supporting evidence, and fulfilment of reporting requirements
  • evaluation expenses incurred to assess the outcomes achieved through the funded grant activity
  • the portion of operating and administrative costs directly associated with the grant activity, as stipulated in the grant agreement. This includes expenses like telephone usage, postage, stationery, and printing

The recipient of the grant is limited to utilising the allocated funds exclusively for activities defined in the grant details section of the grant agreement. Generally, administrative expenses should not surpass 10% of the total grant amount, unless the grantee can substantiate the necessity for higher administrative costs.

To qualify as eligible, expenses must be incurred for the grant activity within the specified timeframe, spanning from the commencement date to the conclusion or completion date of the grant activity.

What companies are eligible for funding?

To be eligible, the following criteria must be met:

  • a valid Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) purposes
  • have an account with a financial institution in Australia

Additionally, both the applicant and the proposed activity must be situated within Australia and fall into one of the following legal entity categories:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a company incorporated by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee representing a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • a partnership
  • participation in a joint (consortia) proposal with a lead organisation
  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation – Publicly Funded Research Organisation (PFRO), research that is funded by the public through recognised Australian research institutions
  • an Australian local government body
  • an Australian state or territory government body
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006

To proceed with your application, please ensure the following:

  • Provide evidence from your Board, Chief Executive Officer, or equivalent (if no Board exists) affirming support for the grant activity, confirming your ability to complete it, and ensuring the financial capacity to cover costs not included in the grant.
  • Submit a completed Accountant Declaration form confirming both your capability to fund your share of the grant activity costs and the financial stability of your organization throughout the grant activity period.

Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?

Entitlement. Applications are assessed against eligibility criteria.

How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?

By engaging an accredited government grants consultant, such as Avant Group.

As part of your engagement with Avant Group, your account manager will assess the required documents and will provide the following as needed to support your grant submission.

Grant application writeup including a detailed presentation illustrating how the grant funding will contribute to your project, how the funding will contribute to the project’s budget, a project milestone plan, delivery timeline, impact on employment if applicable and a breakdown of the management and leadership team for the project

How can I get help with my application? Or know if I’m likely to win funding?

Avant Group offers a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility for funding and will assess your likelihood of a successful grant application.