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Traffic management at special events

Event Traffic Management Design Guidelines - Transitional Guideline

For events with Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) and Traffic Guidance Schemes (TGSs) certified by a Traffic Management Designer prior to 1 December 2021, the version and applicable parts of the Queensland Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and Queensland Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (QGTTM) that were applicable at that point in time are still considered to be applicable until 1 December 2022.

This applies only where:

  • The event is as per the definition of an 'event' in Section 2.1 of the Event Traffic Management Design Guidelines.
  • The event would not require a new TMP or TGS to be developed if the standards had not changed; that is, the event is unchanged from previous years.
  • The event does not impact upon any roads that are classed as Category 3 roads (generally high speed, high volume roads) as defined on the QGTTM webpage. These road categories will be incorporated into QGTTM Part 8 as part of the March 2022 publication update.

The legal support for this is detailed in the Event Traffic Management Design Guideline Transitional Guideline (following)


If you are organising a special event in Queensland, such as a sporting or community event, you should first refer to the Queensland Government's Events in Queensland handbook - Best practice guidelines for event delivery in Queensland. This outlines the guiding principles for event organisers interacting with the Queensland Government to enable them to successfully plan and manage an event. For information about managing events in Queensland and access to this guide, please visit Help with running special events.

Depending on the size, location and impact of your event, you may identify several stakeholders such as local council, landowners and Queensland government agencies which you may need to contact to discuss your event and requirements.

To run a special event in Queensland, organisers must obtain written approval from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the public or private authorities responsible for the roads the event will use.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has published guidelines on traffic control measures and devices used to warn, instruct and guide road users for all types of events. Read the Event traffic management design guidelines for information.

The department's supplement to Austroads' Guide to Traffic Management, the Traffic and Road Use Management (TRUM) manual Volume 1 Part 9 Traffic Operations also provides relevant information at Section 6.2-1: Special events affecting roads in Queensland: A guide to securing approvals.

The following information will assist you with an application for an event that uses, or significantly impacts on adjoining state-controlled roads.

Planning for traffic impacts

If you anticipate your event will have an impact on traffic, you will be required to engage a Traffic Management Designer to develop a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) and supporting Traffic Guidance Scheme (TGS). QPS, local council and Transport and Main Roads offices will advise accordingly.

More information about Traffic Management Designers is available in the Information for traffic management designers factsheet.

A list of individuals currently qualified to provide traffic management design services can be found below:
TMD qualified individuals

Community events

For community events in low risk road environments (typically on low speed and low volume roads), such as ANZAC Day Marches in regional communities, traffic is often controlled by the QPS, sometimes with the assistance of the State Emergency Service (SES), operating under direction of the QPS.

Transport and Main Roads has established an Event Traffic Marshal (ETM) scheme which enables volunteers to be engaged by Event Organisers to undertake basic traffic control tasks. The scheme provides sporting, community and special interest groups with an alternative low cost option in circumstances where accredited Traffic Controllers may not be required for basic and low risk duties.

For more information about the Event Traffic Marshal role and the Event Organiser responsibilities, please visit the Event traffic marshals page.

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Last updated
22 February 2022