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Barrier Assessment

Run-off-road crashes are one of the most common types of crashes in urban environments. Installing high performance safety barriers can create a safer roadside environment for road workers, pedestrians, bicycle riders, motorcyclists and drivers by preventing errant vehicles from leaving the roadway and instead directing the vehicle towards the traffic lane.

The Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel uses a structured system to assess products proposed for deployment in Australia and New Zealand. Products are evaluated in accordance with the Safe Design of Structures Code of Practice published by Safe Work Australia, and the Safety in Design requirements of the Work Health and Safety Acts enacted by Australian State governments.

The objectives of the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Process are to ensure the safety barriers permitted on our roads:

  • support road safety objectives
  • minimise risk to errant vehicle occupants, vulnerable road users (motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians) and road workers
  • control impacting vehicle behaviour and manage hazards created by impact
  • use quality standards for materials and manufacturing
  • are accompanied by comprehensive documentation and guidance on their use

The assessment process streamlines operations for road agencies and ensures they meet their due diligence obligations.

Participating Agencies

The following road agencies participate in the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel meetings:

The following Road Agencies receive the documentation of safety barrier product assessments:

  • Roads ACT, Australian Capital Territory
  • Department of State Growth, Tasmania
  • Department of Construction & Infrastructure, Northern Territory.

Constitutional arrangements mean that New Zealand and each Australian state government is responsible for managing safety barriers within its jurisdiction.

Each participating road agency will issue acceptance documents for products. The Austroads Acceptance Conditions are used as the basis for individual acceptance documents issued by each agency.


Permanent – A road safety barrier that is installed permanently and is not considered to be of a temporary nature (refer temporary).

Temporary – A road safety barrier that is installed in association with adjacent ongoing and continuous works, short term emergencies or similar situations. This type of safety barrier must be removed upon completion of the works or emergency.

Assessment Process

The Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Submission Information Pack details the process. Companies submitting products should use the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Submission Information Pack as a template.

Product submissions must be received eight weeks prior to an ASBAP meeting.

2017 Meeting Schedule

22 & 23 February 2017
24 & 25 May 2017
23 & 24 August 2017
29 & 30 November 2017

Please note:

  • Dates are subject to change. Contact the ASBAP Secretariat for confirmation of dates.
  • Product submissions must be received 8 weeks prior to ASBAP meeting.


The Secretariat
Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel
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Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Information Pack 2017 | 803 Kb PDF

Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Submission Template 2017 | 122 Kb Zipped XLSM

Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel 2017 Meeting Schedule | 22 Kb PDF

2017 Industry Forum Presentation | 1 Mb PDF

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