Barrier Assessment Transitioning to MASH Guidelines

The eligibility criteria for product submissions to the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel has changed, effective 23 April 2018. Stan Robb, Chair of the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel (ASBAP), has written to industry advising of the change. The application documentation has been updated to reflect the changes. Read more about the change and timeframes.

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 Panel also takes guidance from AS/NZS 3845 in relation to testing protocols and other information.

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.

From time to time the Panel may also issue Technical Advice notes which are designed to assist safety barrier system designers, installers and managers to ensure that such systems are deployed safely and effectively.

The Panel meets quarterly to assess products.  Given the commercial sensitivity of product information, meetings are not open to those outside the participating jurisdictions.

2018 Meeting Schedule

28 & 29 November 2018

2019 Meeting Schedule

27 & 28 February 2019
29 & 30 May 2019
28 & 29 August 2019
27 & 28 November 2019

Note:  dates are subject to change, please contact the ASBAP Secretariat for confirmation.


Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel Secretariat
Tel +61 2 8837 0501 


Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Information Pack 2018 | PDF

Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Submission Template 2018 | Zipped XLSM

2018 Transition to Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) guidelines |  PDF

2018 Industry Forum Presentation | PDF

2018 Industry Forum Q&A | PDF

As you are aware, the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel is moving to a digitised submission process, early 2019.

In preparation for the change in the way submission documentation is lodged and retained by the Panel, there will be a suspension on the receipt of submissions from 19 November 2018 until 14 January 2019. This suspension will not change the dates that submissions are considered by the Panel however, it will ensure that all submissions post the November Panel meeting are submitted and assessed via the digitised solution.  Further advice and instructions for submissions post 14 January 2019 will be provided in due course.