Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI)

The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program funds initiatives that will deliver tangible improvements in road user, road and heavy vehicle safety. It is administered by the NHVR on behalf of the Commonwealth Government and has provided more than $28 million for 117 grants over 6 years.

Successful projects closely align with the theme of ‘safer drivers, vehicles and road use’ outlined in the National Road Safety Strategy, as well as the goals of the ongoing Heavy Vehicle National Law review.

For any enquiries, please contact HVSI@nhvr.gov.au

Round 6 projects

Round 6 funding: 2021-22

ORGANISATION PROJECT NAME PROJECT DESCRIPTION
NTI Ltd Spilt Milk: A National Crash Reduction Program for the Dairy Industry Development and delivery of a targeted educational training program for drivers, fleet managers and maintenance providers across the dairy transport supply chain in roll over prevention.
Hire and Rental Industry Association Ltd Load Restraint Systems and e-learning for Mobile Plant Series of Engineered load restraint systems to provide to the Hire and Rental Industry as a means of addressing the securing of Mobile Plant in transit including development and delivery of remote delivery training (e-learning) to support the load restraint systems and maximise understanding and industry take up.
Metro Tasmania Intelligent Transport Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Improve the safety of Tasmanian roads by reducing pedestrian fatalities, at fault collisions and enhancing driver performance through the installation of Mobileye advanced driver assistance technologies.
The Flinders Ranges Council Heavy Vehicle Network Route Assessment Development of a Route Assessment and Risk Analysis of Flinders Ranges Council local and heavy vehicle road network.
Jalavica Pty Ltd T/A Advantia Transport Consulting Impact of Safety Chains on Coupling Separation Field testing to evaluate the safety performance of safety chains at the point of coupling failure and trailer separation.
Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association Incorporated Heavy Vehicle Rollover Prevention Program Development of a comprehensive and free online industry training program aimed at preventing heavy vehicle rollovers and crashes within the Australian bulk carrier industry to prevent loss of life or serious injury in our transport operations.
The Crane Industry Council of Australia Implementation of an Articulated Mobile Crane Driver Education Course Education course specifically for Articulated mobile cranes which have unique characteristics that can make controlling the vehicle on the road difficult without specific education. This specific road safety related education is not currently available in the regulatory space and therefore an industry-based initiative is needed to solve this deficiency.
Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds Foundation Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds Delivery of targeted initiatives to support improved mental health and individual wellbeing for truck drivers, distribution, and warehouse staff nationally through targeted safety campaigns, initiatives, and resources.
Turf Growers Association of NSW Turf Transport Safety Guidelines Deployment of a certified load restraint and mass management system to provide to the turf industry and its stakeholders. These systems will then be presented in awareness session to members of the turf industry.
Truck Industry Council Improving Safety of On-Road Heavy Vehicles by Increasing Axle Loadings When Fitted with Next Generation Wide Load Base Tyres - Stage 2 Stage 2 testing of the 385/XXR22.5 Super Single Tyre under the same time, same test conditions and same parameters as the Stage 1 tyres. The super single tyre is currently used on steer axles for loadings above 6.5 tonnes and triaxle trailer groups at Concessional Mass Loadings (CML).
Trucking Support Agency of Australia Video Marketing Initiative Deliver important heavy vehicle and road safety priorities by effectively promoting positive safety behaviours and aiding in a more ‘educational approach’ using video, social media, and grassroots communication at truck shows across the country.
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia Safety Through Education Improve the comprehension of Best Practice Load Restraint and Best Practice Tyre Management of heavy vehicle safety by utilising HVIA’s online Learning Management System (LMS) to provide training resources to all heavy vehicle operators, in a simple, educational, and intuitive way.
Australian Road Research Board (Electronic Stability Maintenance) National Truck Rollover Risk Map Development of a national truck rollover risk map that reduces the risk of rollover by identifying and eliminating high risk locations on our road freight network and creating safer roads for our truck drivers.
National Road Safety Partnership Program Heavy Vehicle Toolbox Talk Packages Development of heavy vehicle evidence-based Toolbox Talks (TBT) based on a topic prioritisation process guided and peer reviewed by a diversity of industry leaders who are all part of the NRSPP Heavy Vehicle Toolbox Talk Working Group (HVTWG).
Australian Forest Contractors Association Forestry Code of Practice: Gap Analysis System Development of an Industry wide Gap Analysis System (GAS). The GAS will streamline the identification of areas of improvement for industry participants to meet both the LHC and the Master Code, maximising their compliance and reducing transport risk.
Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW CoR Training and Awareness for Waste Workers CoR Training and awareness directly to the Waste and Recycling Industry through workshops and toolbox talks.
Deakin University Truck Wise Stage 2 Development of an extended suite of virtual reality educational experiences aimed at providing increased awareness around light and heavy vehicle interactions for younger drivers.
Concrete Pumping Association of Australia Improving Safety Performance for Concrete Pump Trucks Data analysis and research to evaluate and understand crash risk and using that information to develop standards for safe vehicle roads and equipment, provide education and information and seek innovation.
ARTSA Institute Safety of Couplings on High Productivity Vehicles Bringing together industry expertise to investigate dynamic loads on the couplings on heavy HPFV and PBS combinations vehicles. The project is required to fill a gap in knowledge and provide evidence to update relevant Standards and rules.
OzHelp Foundation Ltd Health in Gear Comprehensive health and wellbeing program which includes an on-road presence, online support, and information (via the website and 1800 IN GEAR phone number), together with counselling services to be piloted across ACT and NSW.
Cleary Brothers (Bombo) Pty Ltd Trucks and Teens Education program for sharing the road with heavy vehicles, targeting young drivers in the school setting, incorporating heavy vehicle drivers and on-site heavy vehicles.
WIM Technologies National Overloading Awareness Campaign Multi-faceted promotional campaign across print, digital and social media targeted specifically at the transport and logistics industry which raises awareness of the importance of correct loading of heavy vehicles
Roadwizard Pty Ltd Navigating Drivers Home Safety Initiative Truck navigational App putting trucks on the right routes, easy access to pertinent information, based on truck dimensions finding rest stops, truck parking, petrol stations, food, etc. introducing a digital HV pre-check.
National Road Safety Partnership Program Construction Logistics and Community Safety Australia (CLOCS-A) Establish a national voluntary code of practice that draws adapting Transport for London's world's best-practice Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) to Australia.
Australian Logistics Council Increasing Awareness and Understanding of the Master Code in the Supply Chain Increase the level of awareness and understanding of the Master Code and CoR roles and responsibilities leading to improved safety for the drivers of heavy vehicles, workers in the supply chain and the communities they serve.
National Bulk Tanker Association Improving the Emergency Response Performance of the Bulk Tanker Dangerous Goods Sector Addressing Bulk Tanker Dangerous Goods incidents in Australia, determining the nature of those incidents are and the emergency response regulations that apply to consignors and prime contractors and how education and awareness could improve safety outcomes for operators, the emergency response sector and the community.
Grain Producers SA Limited Agricultural Vehicle Notice and Portal Training to Industry Stakeholders Comprehensive evidence-based industry research study into the behaviour of South Australian primary producers in accessing public roads. The findings will inform a report and implementation strategy to be activated in collaboration with NHVR and industry to deliver road safety outcomes whilst maintaining primary producer productivity.
Orange City Council and Cabonne Shire Council Power Nap - Don't Ignore the Early Warning Signs of Driver Fatigue Intervention strategy delivering Power nap and Driver Fatigue Awareness Day, a behavioural change campaign. To improve safety and reduce stress and anxiety in Heavy Vehicle drivers.

Previous projects

Round 5 funding: 2020-21

Organisation Project name Project description
Australian Fertiliser Services Association CoR and SMS Training to Industry Stakeholders Conduct CoR and SMS training to enhance stakeholder understanding and compliance under Heavy Vehicle National Law.
Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association Managing Effluent in the Livestock Supply Chain – an Industry Code of Practice Awareness Campaign Develop and deliver an awareness campaign to enable stakeholders to better understand how to manage effluent for the Livestock Supply Chain Industry Code of Practice.
Australian Road Research Board Testing of Electronic Stability Technologies on Long Combination Vehicles Test electronic stability technologies on long-combination heavy vehicles to enable change to scheme rules.
Bus and Coach Association (NSW) Bus and Coach Breakdown Advisory Develop guidance materials on how to address bus breakdowns to enhance the safety of bus and coach passengers, drivers and other road users.
Grain Trade Australia Practical Steps to CoR Compliance for Australian Grain Industry Participants Develop a program to educate the grain industry’s small-to-medium enterprise sector about CoR obligations under Heavy Vehicle National Law.
Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds Foundation Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds Improve the mental health of heavy vehicle drivers, warehouse and distribution centre staff nationally.
Hire and Rental Industry Association (HRIA) HRIA Face to Face CoR and Load Restraint Training Deliver CoR awareness and load restraint training to hire and rental industry stakeholders in metropolitan and regional areas.
Lindsay Australia Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Prevention Program Develop a risk assessment and prevention toolkit to mitigate and reduce MSD injuries to heavy vehicle road transport drivers.
Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers CoR and SMS Training to Industry Stakeholders Educate remote livestock transport industry stakeholders about Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and Safety Management Systems (SMS).
NHVR National Camera Safety Network Test new Mobile Camera Technologies to facilitate the monitoring and interception of high risk operators, vehicles and journeys.
NHVR Sharing the Road with Heavy Vehicles Sharing the Road with Heavy Vehicles creates a national educational and awareness campaign that targets learner drivers, P-platers and other young drivers.
NTI Ltd Driving a National Culture of Strategy Develop content and tools which will assist transport operators effect change and build a robust safety culture.
Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils Load Restraint Public Education Campaign Develop and implement a load restraint public education campaign targeting local transport companies and farmers.
Queensland Trucking Association Driving Heart Health Raise awareness on heavy vehicle driver health and wellbeing and conduct physical health assessments to help improve heavy vehicle driver health and enhance road safety.
Safe Freight Networks Australia Gippsland and Green Triangle Safe Freight Networks Expand on the existing Safe Freight Networks program, a local collective approach to road safety in the Gippsland and Green Triangle regions.
Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd Road Design for Heavy Vehicles – Technical Training Develop and deliver a pilot training program to provide road designers, engineers and road safety experts with practical heavy vehicle experience.
South Australian Road Transport Heavy Vehicle Simulator Purchase an HVSim to provide general heavy vehicle skills training, including driving on high risk routes in South Australia, fatigue management and research.
South Australian Wine Industry Association To Develop a Wine Industry Code of Practice and Promote it via a National Education Program Develop a Registered Industry Code of Practice for the Australian wine industry and deliver training on the code to stakeholders across the country.
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Implementing Resources, Training and Education for the Tasmanian Agricultural and Horticultural Industry Code of Practice Develop guidance materials for the proposed Tasmanian Agricultural and Horticultural Industry Code of Practice and deliver a series of education workshops to introduce the Code and guidance materials.
Transafe WA A Safety Truck Resource Servicing WA and NT Convert a heavy vehicle into a mobile classroom to educate people across WA and NT about the importance of heavy vehicles and how to safely share the road with them.
Transit Systems West Services Pty Ltd Heavy Vehicle Bus Driver Resilience Program Improve bus driver resilience and management capability to enhance wellbeing and community safety.
Transport Workers Union Queensland Transport Industry Mental Health Initiative Expand the Transport Industry Mental Health Initiative pilot project to provide mental health support to truck and bus drivers.
Truck Industry Council Improving Safety of On-Road Heavy Vehicles by Increasing Axle Loadings When Fitted with Next Generation Wide Load Base Tyres Test three different tyre types under the same loading conditions to demonstrate pavement wear outcomes.
Victorian Transport Association Integrating Mental Health Makes Good Business Sense Deliver long-term change in the transport and logistics industry by increasing awareness of mental health issues and providing prevention strategies.
Wodonga Institute of TAFE Multi-media Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB) Project Educate transport operators and drivers about the benefits of voluntary early adoption and limitations of Electronic Stability Control and Advanced Emergency Braking safety technologies.
Women in Trucking Australia Ltd Welcome to OUR World Road Safety Campaign Develop and deliver a national road safety campaign focussing on a female heavy vehicle driver's perspective from behind the wheel.

Round 4 funding: 2019-20

Project

Applicant

Description

4 Points of Contact

Shift Training Pty Ltd

Train 900 new heavy vehicle drivers about key heavy vehicle road safety issues, and evaluate the adequacy of the training to deliver enhanced driver competency and road safety.

Chain of Responsibility and Safety Management System Training

Livestock Bulk and Rural Carriers Association

Educate remotely located livestock transport industry stakeholders about Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and Safety Management Systems (SMS).

Chain of Responsibility Workshops

GrainGrowers

Educate growers in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland about their CoR obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

Crane Industry Road Safety Liaison Officer

The Crane Industry Council of Australia

Employ a Liaison Officer for 12 months to liaise and collaborate with the NHVR and local governments and industry across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland to enhance road safety.

Fatigue Management and Chain of Responsibility Education

Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW

To educate waste and recycling industry stakeholders across New South Wales and ACT about fatigue management and CoR obligations under the HVNL.

Female Heavy Vehicle Driver Road Safety Campaign

Women in Trucking Australia

Develop and promote a road safety campaign featuring Australian female heavy vehicle drivers.

Forestry Professional Ownership and Driver Wellbeing Program

Australian Forest Contractors Association

Provide fundamental behavioural change information and tools for those within the forest industry who are at the highest risk of causing loss of life or serious injury through heavy vehicle crashes.

Guide for Heavy Vehicle Replacement Spare Parts

Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association

Develop a guide to and raise awareness of the safety implications when choosing heavy vehicle replacement spare parts.

Heavy Vehicle Safety and Safe Container Loading Practices Awareness Campaign

Container Transport Alliance Australia

Raise awareness of the impacts on heavy vehicle safety of inappropriately loaded, poorly restrained and/or unevenly weight distributed shipping containers, and promote best practice to stakeholders.

Livestock Loading in Saleyards Industry Code of Practice

Australian Livestock Markets Association

Develop and register a saleyards livestock loading industry code of practice. 

Mental and Physical Safety of Heavy Vehicle Drivers (MaPS) on our Roads

Injury Matters

Enhance heavy vehicle safety by improving the mental and physical wellbeing of heavy vehicle drivers.

National Compliance Information System

NHVR and state and territory governments

Install a fourth tranche of automatic number plate recognition road safety cameras to enable collecting, accessing, analysing and sharing heavy vehicle related compliance and enforcement data on the movement and operation of heavy vehicles across Australia. 

New Heavy Vehicle Driver and Caravaner Road Safety Education and Awareness

Whiteline Television Pty Ltd

Develop a series of videos that provide practical and tailored advice on key road safety issues for inexperienced heavy vehicle drivers and caravaners.

Primary Producers Heavy Vehicle Inspection Education and Readiness Program

Grain Producers SA Limited

Educate South Australian primary producers about heavy vehicle standards and their obligations under the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual.

Safer Travel Together – Heavy vehicle and bicycle user awareness campaign

Brisbane City Council

Develop an education and awareness campaign that aims to reduce the risk of incidents involving heavy vehicles and bicycle riders, and encourages safe practices and behaviours.

Sharing the Road with Oversize Overmass Vehicles

NHVR

Develop an education and awareness campaign about what road users should do when they encounter a heavy vehicle carrying an oversize overmass load.

Trailer Coupling Improvements Coles

Investigate the rate and cause of transport carrier coupling failures with a view to providing recommendations on:

  • turntable design improvements
  • turntable coupling equipment retrofits
  • tertiary controls interlocking vehicle operational systems with turntable coupling effectiveness
  • heavy vehicle licence assessment training on the importance of coupling effectiveness.

Transport Assistance Package for Owner-Drivers

OzHelp Foundation

Develop and pilot an industry-specific health promotion and assistance program targeting owner drivers.

Truck Fire Prevention Strategy

Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association

Develop and promote guidance material on causes of truck fires and measures that can be taken to reduce or prevent their occurrence.

Video Marketing Initiative

Trucking Support Agency of Australia

Create a series of short videos and attend truck shows to inform heavy vehicle drivers and owner drivers about safety issues and promote positive safety behaviours.

Waste and Recycling Industry Code of Practice for Load Management

Waste Recycling Industry Association (QLD)

Develop and promote a Waste and Recycling Industry Code of Practice for Load Management and deliver education sessions addressing the code’s content.

Working for a Healthier Tomorrow

Northern Territory Road Transport Association

Gather evidence on the impact on heavy vehicle drivers of being the first responder at a road accident site, and trial the delivery of five Stop the Bleed training workshops for heavy vehicle drivers.

Round 3 funding: 2018-19

Project

Applicant

Description

Chain of Responsibility 101 for Saleyards

Australian Livestock Markets Association

Develop a Chain of Responsibility 101 user guide/handbook to provide guidance to saleyard and livestock transport stakeholders about CoR obligations under the HVNL.

Chain of Responsibility Awareness Campaign

Grain Producers SA Limited

Develop a program to educate and train primary producers in South Australia about CoR obligations under the HVNL.

Chain of Responsibility Awareness Campaign

National Farmers’ Federation

Develop online guidance material to assist farmers with about CoR obligations under the HVNL.

Construction Logistics and Community Safety: Bringing the UK's World Best Practice to Australia

Australian Road Research Board

Develop a nationally consistent plan to deliver safer interactions between construction vehicles and vulnerable road users.

Crane Industry Road Safety Liaison Officer

The Crane Industry Council of Australia

Employ a Liaison Officer for a 12-month period to liaise and collaborate with the NHVR and local governments and industry across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland to enhance road safety.

DriveAbout: Sharing the Road with Trucks

Ambrose Business Solutions

Modify the existing DriveAbout app to ensure it delivers comprehensive advice to drivers about safely sharing the road with trucks.

Fatigue Management and Chain of Responsibility

Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW

Educate waste and recycling industry stakeholders about fatigue management and CoR obligations under the HVNL.

Truck Wise - Virtual Reality Interaction Campaign

Greater Bendigo City Council

Design and deliver an education and behaviour change campaign targeting passenger car drivers and their encounters with heavy vehicles.

Heavy Vehicle Combination Brake Calculator Web-based App

Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association

Develop a web-based brake calculator app to assist operators, engineers and other relevant entities in predicting compliance of heavy vehicles with Australian braking performance requirements. 

Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports

Queensland Trucking Association and Port of Brisbane

Investigate the feasibility of using two safety measures to improve road safety around Australian ports and share the learnings for broader industry benefit.

Industry-Government Partnership to Construct and Operate a Roadside Livestock Effluent Disposal Facility for Heavy Vehicles

Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association

Establish Australia's first roadside effluent disposal facility for livestock carriers and use captured effluent for purposes such as irrigation, soil composting, worm farms and energy generation.

Joint Business and Transport Industry Chain of Responsibility Education

Western Roads Federation

Deliver six joint industry/business events in Western Australia and the Northern Territory to educate business groups about CoR obligations under the HVNL.

National Compliance Information System

NHVR and State and Territory Governments

Install a third tranche of automatic number plate recognition road safety cameras with the aim of collecting, accessing, analysing and sharing heavy vehicle related compliance and enforcement data on the movement and operation of heavy vehicles across Australia. 

Practical Steps to Chain of Responsibility Compliance

Grain Trade Australia Limited

Develop a program to educate the grain industry’s small to medium enterprise sector about CoR obligations under the HVNL.

Safe Systems: Transport Chain of Responsibility in Tasmanian Supply Chains

Tasmanian Transport Association

Investigate the CoR provisions of the HVNL and the Master Industry Code of Practice, and the control/influence these regulatory frameworks have on three separate Tasmanian transport company supply chains.

Safety Truck Resource Servicing Western Australia and Northern Territory

Transafe WA

Convert a heavy vehicle into a mobile classroom to tour and educate people in Western Australia and Northern Territory about the importance of heavy vehicles and how to safely share the road with them.

Truckies Top Ten Tips for Sharing the Roads With Trucks Video

Whiteline Television Pty Ltd

Develop a website and series of videos to educate car drivers about safely sharing the roads with trucks.

Round 2 funding: 2017-18

Project

Applicant

Description

Bus Fire Evacuation Protocol and Advisory

Bus Industry Confederation

Develop a Bus Fire Evacuation Protocol Advisory and training videos to better train bus drivers on how to reduce risks associated with bus fires.

Crane Industry Road Safety Liaison Officer

The Crane Industry Council of Australia

Employ a Liaison Officer for a 12-month period to liaise and collaborate with the NHVR and local governments and industry across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland to enhance road safety.

Forestry Logistics Safety Program

Australian Forest Contractors Association

Develop and deliver a campaign to educate forestry transport stakeholders about truck rollover and load restraint risks, and CoR obligations.

Green Reflector Markings of Informal Truck Bays – Newell Highway

TRUCKRIGHT

Collaborate with the NHVR and road managers to identify, mark and promote informal truck bays along the Newell Highway in New South Wales.

Heavy Vehicle Adverse Environment Operations Forum

South Gippsland Shire Council

Determine whether variable messaging signage and speed monitoring influence drivers to slow down in heavy fog conditions.

Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line

NHVR and industry stakeholders

Provide a confidential platform for industry and stakeholders to alert the NHVR to safety concerns involving heavy vehicles.

Master Registered Code of Practice

Australian Logistics Council and Australian Trucking Association

Develop a Master Registered Code of Practice that identifies compliance and safety risks and best practice response measures for the heavy vehicle industry as a whole (addressing speed, fatigue, mass, dimension, loading and vehicle standards/maintenance activities.

National Compliance Information System

NHVR and state and territory governments

Install a second tranche of automatic number plate recognition road safety cameras with the aim of collecting, accessing, analysing and sharing heavy vehicle related compliance and enforcement data on the movement and operation of heavy vehicles across Australia. 

Rest Stop Safety Campaign

Caravan Industry Association of Australia

Inform caravan and recreational vehicle travellers about the appropriate use of rest stops and risks associated with disruptive behaviour to foster a safer environment for all road users.

Safe Freight Networks

Safe Freight Networks Australia

Identify 20 communities across Australia that experience significant heavy vehicle road safety issues and establish Safe Freight Networks in those communities to address local safety issues.

Sharing the Road Safely with Oversize Overmass Agricultural Vehicles

National Farmers Federation

Develop and deliver a campaign to educate road users about how to safely share the road with oversize overmass agricultural vehicles.

Standard School Bus Light Systems

Bus Industry Confederation

Develop a School Bus Lights and Signage Standard for potential adoption across Australian jurisdictions.

User-Pay Pilot of a Livestock Loading and Unloading Parallel Access Landing (PAL) Frame

Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association

Investigate the feasibility of user-pay loading and unloading infrastructure to enhance safety when transporting livestock.