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Roadside memorials

When touched by tragedy, family and friends may find a roadside memorial can help to comfort and heal, while also serving as a timely reminder to the community to drive carefully.

The department can provide support to family and friends by helping everyone understand the requirements to install a roadside memorial at a safe location next to a state-controlled road. Please contact your local council for information about roadside memorials on the local road network.

Please while a permit is not required for the installation of roadside memorials, an easy-to-use information form needs to be completed and submitted to the department. Further information on this form is available below.

Our foremost concern is to ensure that all road users are provided with a safe environment. We also want to ensure that family, friends and road users are safe while a roadside memorial is installed and visited. 

Description of roadside memorial

A roadside memorial is a physical token/object denoting a memory of a person(s) killed on or near a state-controlled road.

One suggested memorial is a white cross, no larger than the dimensions outlined below. The department will consider other memorials on a case-by-case basis.

By following the guidelines, the memorials can be easily maintained and will cause minimum distraction to other road users. A name and date may be recorded on the memorial and flowers may also be attached.

At all times, please take care when attending roadside memorial. Family and friends are urged to park their vehicles safely and clear of the road.

Installation guidelines

These guidelines will assist in the installation of a memorial.

It is essential that a roadside memorial does not interfere with traffic on a state-controlled road or the road’s operation, to ensure everyone’s ongoing safety.

Roadside memorials should be contained within the following dimensions:

  • height 750mm 
  • width 500mm
  • depth 400mm (below ground level).

In the interest of the safety of other road users and the safety of persons installing memorials, there are a number of locations where the placement of memorials is restricted. Examples of locations where memorials are not permitted include:

  • motorways and freeways
  • traffic islands
  • medians
  • roundabouts
  • where they may interfere with any traffic control devices.

Further details will be provided by departmental offices listed in this brochure.

Information form required for installation

While a permit is not required for the installation of roadside memorials, you will need to complete the below information form and submit it to the department for our records.

Hard copies of these forms are available from your nearest departmental office or in the brochure. Contact details are also outlined in the brochure.

Last updated
24 August 2017