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The Roads and Transport Alliance

What is the Roads and Transport Alliance?

The Roads and Transport Alliance is a cooperative governance arrangement between the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) and local governments to invest in and regionally manage the Queensland transport network. Established in 2002, the Roads and Transport Alliance was formed to jointly address shared road and transport challenges and deliver improved value from all available resources.

The objectives of the Roads and Transport Alliance are to:

  • maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits of our joint investments
  • achieve maximum efficiencies through collaboration and innovation in network planning, program development and delivery
  • improve technical skills through training, technology and knowledge transfer
  • optimise safety
  • maximise the investment on the Queensland transport network.

Memorandum of Agreement

The Alliance operates under a Memorandum of Agreement, the current (third) iteration being the Roads and Transport Alliance Agreement 2013–2018. The agreement outlines the principles and governance arrangements for the operation of the Alliance and formalises the cooperation required to achieve the most effective outcomes across shared state and local government transport interests.

View the Roads and Transport Alliance Memorandum of Agreement.

View the March 2016 Addendum to the Agreement.

Governance framework

The Roads and Transport Alliance Board sets the strategic direction for the Alliance and comprises senior executive officers of both the LGAQ and the department.

Regional Roads and Transport Groups (RRTGs) are comprised of local government elected representatives and a Department of Transport and Main Roads District Director. RRTGs work collaboratively to regionally plan for and prioritise investment on road and transport infrastructure, including allocating funding to the highest priority projects and identifying opportunities for financial efficiencies. There are currently 17 RRTGs in Queensland.

Each RRTG is supported by a Technical Committee. The Technical Committee is responsible for local knowledge sharing and providing technical expertise and advice to RRTGs. These committees are generally comprised of an engineer or senior manager from each local government, or an engineering consultant engaged by the local government, and a senior technical officer for each department district represented on the RRTG.

Both the Board and RRTGs are supported in their operations by the Roads and Transport Alliance Project Team. This team is made up of staff members from the LGAQ and from the department’s Local Government Partnerships team.

Funding

The Roads and Transport Alliance is underpinned by the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS). Established under the Transport Infrastructure Act (2004) in the mid-1990s, TIDS enables the department to provide funding for local government road and transport-related initiatives which support state government objectives. 

Each RRTG receives an annual allocation of TIDS funds determined by the Roads and Transport Alliance Board. RRTGs are required to allocate their TIDS funding to the highest priority road and transport projects in their region, and to match TIDS funding 50:50 (at a minimum).

RRTGs have decision-making authority over their TIDS allocation and develop a two-year fixed/two-year indicative continuous works program—this is consistent with the department's statewide four-year program development cycle. Projects eligible for RRTG works program consideration include local roads of regional significance, active transport infrastructure and safe school travel infrastructure.

Benefits of Alliance membership

The benefits of Alliance membership for councils include:

  • decision-making authority over funding within the region
  • less duplication of resources and effort
  • a structured forum through meetings to discuss broader road and transport issues across councils and council boundaries
  • improved road stewardship and workforce capability and capacity through training, technology adoption and knowledge transfer. 

Annual progress reports 

The Alliance publishes an annual progress report, generally in October. Progress reports are available below:

Last updated
24 August 2017