Safety at Road Worksites

Working on roads and roadsides poses significant risks to workers and motorists with changed roadway conditions, disrupted traffic flow, limited working space, and movement of construction and public vehicles in close proximity to workers and worksites.

Worksite Safety

The Austroads Board recognised that safety at roadworks was a significant issue for road agencies and industry. It was acknowledged that improvements are required to manage the risks associated with providing the optimal level of safety for employees and contractors working in or near traffic, combined with the need to provide a safe road environment for all road users.

Safety at road worksites is a strategically important issue for Austroads member agencies and industry.  The Austroads Board has endorsed a four-part project to facilitate the introduction of a harmonised approach to temporary traffic control at road worksites across Australia.

The Safety at Road Worksites project (BN2019) will undertake four modules of work:

ModuleDescriptionCompletion Date
Module 1 The development of a Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management Parts that will deliver a nationally harmonised approach to temporary traffic management guidance and practice in Australia. Dec 2019
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Traffic Management Planning
Part 3: Static Worksites
Part 4: Mobile Worksites
Part 5: Short Term Low Impact Worksites
Part 6: Guide for Field Staff
Part 7: Traffic Controller Instructions
Part 8: Processes and Procedures
Part 9: Sample Layouts
Part 10: Supporting Guidance
Module 2 The redevelopment and adoption of nationally harmonised Traffic Controller Training that will achieve a consistently high standard of traffic management practice and support a nationally mobile industry. The new material and modules would allow the adoption of practices similar to that already adopted by New Zealand. Dec 2019
Module 3 Investigation into a Registration Scheme for Traffic Controllers in partnership with industry to ensure that practitioners are trained by approved Registered Training Organisations and that certification can be readily accessible by a mobile industry. Initial Scoping report due in early 2019
Module 4

The continued progression by industry of a National Pre-Qualification Scheme for the Traffic Management industry.

Initial Scoping report due in early 2019

Modules 3 and 4 have been proposed by industry partners and will be developed with Austroads support and ongoing governance.


Feedback now open on Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management Part 7 | 13 February 2019

Comments now open for temporary traffic management roles and related training | 30 November 2018

Feedback now open on Guide to Temporary Traffic Management Parts 2 and 8 | 29 March 2018

Feedback sought on Guide to Temporary Traffic Management Practice | 20 February 2018

Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management Practice | 18 April 2017


Dr Dan Sullivan
Project Manager
Safety at Road Worksites Project


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