2026 Road Safety Action Plan

Someone is killed or hospitalised every

46
minutes

because of a crash on NSW roads

The Plan

NSW's road safety targets

Ambitious but achievable trauma reduction targets help to guide our investment – and reflect the NSW Government commitment to make NSW roads the safest in the country.

2030

Halve deaths and reduce serious injuries by 30% from 2018-2020 levels by 2030.

2050

NSW has set an aspirational target of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads by 2050.

The road trauma challenge in NSW

The Safe System

safe system diagram

Priority areas

Taking action to save lives, over the next five years the NSW Government will deliver across five priority areas:

1

Creating safer country roads and urban places

2

Enhancing road safety in local communities

3

Increasing the safety of light vehicles, heavy vehicles and protective equipment

4

Making safer choices on our roads

5

Ensuring the safety of vulnerable and other at-risk road users

A strong evidence base

Road safety is a shared responsibility

Community Road Safety Fund

The Community Road Safety Fund was established in 2013 as a legal requirement to ensure fines from camera detected speeding, red-light and mobile phone use offences are only used for road safety purposes. The NSW Government also allocates additional funds to deliver targeted road safety programs and help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads. 

We are committed to working towards the goal of zero trauma on the transport network by 2056 set by Future Transport 2056. The Community Road Safety Fund allows us to continue to deliver the commitments in the 2026 Road Safety Action Plan and improve safety for our community.  

Since the Fund started in 2013 over 1,400 lives have been saved. In this time we have delivered programs that are saving lives and preventing serious injuries, including: 

  • The world’s first mobile phone detection cameras 
  • Delivery of life-saving infrastructure safety treatments across the road network 
  • Testing and rating of child restraints 
  • High visibility police operations 
  • Road safety education for children and young people 
  • Road safety advertising campaigns 
  • School crossing supervisors and flashing lights at schools 
  • The Driver Licensing Access Program  
  • Drink and drug driving reforms 
  • New and used car safety ratings and vehicle research 
  • Road safety delivery through partnerships including local governments as well as advocates and ambassadors to promote safety initiatives. 

 

road with car