The Regional Australia Level Crossing Safety Program (RALCSP) is an Australian Government initiative providing $180.1 million in funding from 2022–23 to 2026–27 to improve safety around railway crossings in regional areas.
The RALCSP supports collaboration between governments, industry and the public by implementing a holistic and coordinated approach towards improving safety around railway crossings through:
- the Regional Level Crossing Upgrade Fund— providing investment in lower-cost safety protections
- delivering education and awareness activities to promote safe behaviours around regional railway crossings
- improvements to data and risk assessments of railway crossings (Data Improvement Project grant)
- research and trials to test and promote the adoption of low cost, innovative safety solutions for railway crossings (Research and Innovation Project grant).
The RALCSP aligns with the objectives of the National Level Crossing Safety Strategy 2023–32 (NLCSS), an initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory Infrastructure and Transport Ministers.
Regional Level Crossing Upgrade Fund
The Australian Government has committed $160 million over 4 years for the Regional Level Crossing Upgrade Fund (RLCUF).
Up to $40 million is available each year from 2023–24 to 2026–27 to make railway crossings safer in regional areas, with the Australian Government funding up to 50 per cent of the cost of delivering upgrades.
Projects will be focused on supporting lower-cost, high priority upgrades. Fit-for-purpose treatments may include, but not limited to, treatments such as signage, boom gates, flashing lights / lighting upgrades and rumble strips to alert motorists and pedestrians approaching regional railway crossings.
Applications can only be made by a state or territory government. Collaboration and co-funding from councils or private organisations is strongly encouraged.
Two funding rounds are scheduled to be held, with submissions closing:
- Round 1—29 September 2023
- Round 2—27 September 2024.
A review of unspent funds will be undertaken in early 2025 following the second intake.
Data Improvement Projects
The Australian Government has committed $1.7 million for the Regional Level Crossing Data Improvement Project.
Funding is available for the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator to improve data and risk assessments of railway crossings through enhancements to the National Level Crossing Portal, enabling road and railway infrastructure managers to better target protections and prioritise crossings for upgrade.
Research and Innovation Projects
The Australia Government has committed $4.66 million from 2023–24 to 2025–26 for the Level Crossing Research and Innovation Projects.
Grants will support research and trial of new technology and approaches to improve railway crossing safety, particularly lower-cost technology and those suited to regional areas.