Safe Local Roads and Streets Program

The TAC,  in partnership with the Department of Transport and Planning, have developed the Safe Local Roads and Streets program to support the development and delivery of road safety infrastructure projects on local roads.

This $200 million program is designed to integrate local governments’ priorities with a Safe System approach.

The program will run from July 2023 to June 2027. Over this time, we’ll work with all Victorian local governments to plan, design and deliver $200 million of safety improvements on the highest-risk local roads, intersections and precincts, such as schools.

To launch the program, we’re seeking interested local governments to participate in the following initiatives:

  • initial planning and project development with up to ten local governments
  • establishment of a Safe Local Roads and Streets Program Reference Group.

Through these initiatives, we’ll build a clear understanding of local governments’ needs, kick-start the delivery of safety improvements on local roads, and develop tools to help all Victorian local governments build capacity in Safe System planning and delivery.

How to get involved - local governments

Local governments interested in being included in the initial round of planning and project development must complete and submit the expression of interest form by 5 pm on Friday 19 May 2023.

Local governments may nominate their organisation for membership in the Safe Local Roads and Streets Reference Group by completing and submitting the nomination form by 5 pm on Friday 19 May 2023.

Why we're making local roads safer

The Victorian Government has committed to the vision of no lives lost or serious injuries on our roads by 2050. We all have a part to play in achieving these targets.

Currently, local governments own 87% of Victoria’s road network, and 40% of serious injury claims and 41% of TAC claims of life costs occur as a result of crashes on roads owned and managed by local governments.

We know that it isn’t always easy for local government to access funding to plan or deliver the safety improvements needed to reduce road trauma on local roads. Each council across Victoria has varying capability, capacity and barriers to improve road safety outcomes.

By building local governments’ capacities to plan, fund and deliver road safety improvements on local roads, the Safe Local Roads and Streets Program will provide an important contribution to reducing road trauma for all Victorians.