Roads & Traffic

AusRAP Road Safety Ratings

The Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) is an initiative of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), which is the national association of Australia's State and Territory Motoring Clubs. AusRAP is a sister program to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), which crash-tests new cars and awards them stars for safety.

AusRAP produces maps showing the risk of road crashes that cause deaths and life-threatening injuries and rates roads for safety. It highlights improvements that could be made to roads to reduce the likelihood of crashes - and to make those that do happen survivable.

The aim of AusRAP is to provide a uniform safety rating for roads across Australia. This will generate information for the public and give road engineers and planners vital benchmarking information to show them how well, or badly, their roads are performing compared with others, both in their own and other countries.

AusRAP's objectives are to:

  • reduce deaths and injuries on Australia's roads by systematically assessing risk and identifying safety shortcomings that can be addressed with practical road-improvement measures; and
  • put risk assessment at the heart of strategic decisions on road improvements, crash protection and standards of road management.

AusRAP works in partnership with government and non-government organisations to:

  • inspect national and state highways and develop Star Ratings and SRIPs;
  • track road safety performance through risk maps so that funding agencies can assess the benefits of their investments; and
  • explain the benefits of safer road infrastructure to the community by describing why some roads are safer than others.

AusRAP uses four complementary methods - or protocols - for assessing the safety of roads: Risk Mapping, Performance Tracking, Star Ratings and SRIPs. Risk Maps use detailed crash data to illustrate the actual number of deaths and injuries on a road network. Performance Tracking enables the use of Star Ratings and Risk Maps to track road safety performance and establish policy positions. Star Ratings provide a simple and objective measure of the level of safety provided by a road's design. SRIPs draw on proven road improvement options to generate affordable and economically sound infrastructure options for saving lives.

The aim is to achieve a minimum of 3 stars across the entire national highway network.

Click here to download a copy of the most recent AusRAP Star Rating Australia's National Network of Highways report.