Black Spot Programs


(Closed on Friday 16 October 2020)

Black Spot Programs are a vital part of the State's commitment to improving road safety and reducing road crashes and trauma on South Australian roads.

Black Spot Programs directly target improvements to the safety of roads with proven crash history or high-risk locations.

These programs are very effective in reducing the risk of crashes and saving the community many times the cost of the relatively minor road improvements that are implemented.

The list of projects for South Australia funded under the 2020-21 Australian Government Black Spot Program can be found here.

Black Spot Programs

The Australian Government Infrastructure Investment Black Spot Program is funded by the Australian Government.  In recognition of its success the Australian Government has now extended the program until 30 June 2022. Funding is subject to annual approval by the Australian Government Minister for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

The Australian Government Infrastructure Investment Black Spot Program encourages local government and community organisations to submit nominations for South Australian to the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (the Department). For 2021-22 nominations, please refer to the updated criteria.

The South Australian Black Spot Consultative Panel is now calling for project nominations of infrastructure investment projects for 2021-2022 aimed at significantly reducing serious road casualties on South Australian roads.

Key dates
Mon 13 July 2020 Call for 2021-22 nominations open
Fri 16 Oct 2020 Call for 2021-22 nominations close
Oct 2020 to Jan 2021 Assessment and prioritisation of nominations
Feb 2021 SA Consultative Black Spot Panel recommends Australian Government 2021-22 Black Spot Program to the Australian Government Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
TBA Approval of the 2021-22 Australian Government Black Spot Program by Australian Government Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
Apr/May 2021 The Department recommends 2021-22 State Funded (Black Spot) Program to the South Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport     
TBA Approval of the 2021-22 State Funded (Black Spot) Program by Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government
30 Jun 2021 Last day to submit claims for the 2020-2021 Projects

Things to consider before you nominate:

  • Identify the problem you believe is associated with this site,
  • Have you contacted and consulted with the local road authority?
  • Determine if there have been 3 or more casualty crashes at this site within the last 5 years (2015-2019). A casualty crash is defined as either a fatal or injury crash. It excludes vehicle property damage only crashes.

Note- Black Spot Projects do not include red light or speed cameras, vegetation control or maintenance concerns.

Do you want to nominate a Black Spot?

Please use the nomination form and guidelines on this page or contact your relevant road authority:

This year you will need to apply online using SmartyGrants.

Who can nominate?

State and local road authorities, community groups, associations, road user groups, industry and individuals are encouraged to submit a nomination either direct or through the relevant road authority.

How to apply for funding

1. Read Criteria and Guidelines

2. Fill and submit Nomination Forms

If for some reason you can not use SmartyGrants please email

For reactive projects, the 'Benefit Cost Ratio' (BCR) is required for nominations, based on crash history. There are two methods which can be used to calculate the BCR, this is the BITRE methodology or the Austroads crash type method. Either of the method can be used to determine the highest benefit. *Ensure that the Macros are enabled before using either of these spreadsheets.

Note that the latest BCR spreadsheet must be used, as it adopts crash cost methods derived from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) and updated crash type costs for Austroads method. This will also make the BCR method consistent with those used in other Department for Infrastructure and Transport road safety programs.

These templates, forms and supporting information must be used to prepare nominations. Submit all information using the online application form to the contact provided in the “Black Spot Contacts” section.

Incomplete or late nominations will not be considered.

3. Additional information/resources for use in submitting nominations

Note that the crash data is confidential and is SAPOL data that has been given to the Department and Councils for Crash Analysis purposes only. This data or the user name/password is not to be distributed. The crash data is often still preliminary and may change as investigations are undertaken.

The Department and Councils - Please contact to be sent the user name and password. This user name and password is the same as for the 2020-21 Nomination Call.

4. How are Black Spot programs approved?

The South Australian Consultative Black Spot Panel assesses and endorses recommended nominations for the Australian Government funded Black Spot Program for consideration and approval by the Australian Government.

The Panel Chair is Mr Tony Pasin MP, Federal Member for Barker.

Other Panel members include: Representative for the South Australian Minister for Road Safety; Representatives from the Local Government Association; Royal Automobile Association of South Australia; Bicycle SA; South Australian Freight Council; South Australian Road Transport Association; the Traffic Management Association of Australia; the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and the Department.

Eligible projects not successful under the Australian Government program will be considered for funding under the State Funded Program (funded by the South Australian Government) through the Department. For Council projects, work under the State Funded Program requires the Council to contribute a minimum payment of one-third of the total project cost.

To reflect the specific inherent risks at level crossings, nominations for level crossing related projects will be assessed independently of road nominations. A Road Safety Audit report is not mandatory for level crossing nominations.

Program Administration

The Department is responsible for assessing nominated projects, recommending projects for approval by the Australian Government and State Ministers and administering both Black Spot programs.

Once projects are approved and underway, the following templates and forms under 'Administration Forms' must be used.

Councils receiving Black Spot funding are required to enter into a funding deed with the Department.

Administration Forms

Other reporting requirements as per Funding Deed or other requirements – i.e. project physical & financial status shall be provided to the Department's contact.

Black Spot Contacts

For information about Black Spot programs and project nominations, please contact:

Amit Dua
Senior Road Safety Engineer
Department for Infrastructure and Transport 
GPO Box 1533, Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8343 2416  

For information about Level Crossing related projects, please contact:

Anne-Marie Egges
Project Officer
Department for Infrastructure and Transport
GPO Box 1533, Adelaide SA 5001

Approved Black Spot Programs for 2020-21

Approved Black Spot Programs for 2019-20

Please refer to the attached link for the latest list of prequalified auditors and assessors for Road Safety Audits and Restricted Access Vehicle Routes Assessments.

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