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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:

  1. Benefit-focused – maximise the investment on Queensland's road and transport network to achieve economic, social and environmental benefits
  2. Collaborative – achieve maximum efficiencies through collaboration and innovation in network planning, program development and delivery
  3. Capability development – improve technical skills through training, technology and knowledge transfer
  4. Safe and efficient road and transport network – optimise road safety on Queensland’s road and transport network.

Memorandum of Agreement

The Alliance operates under a Memorandum of Agreement, the current (fourth) iteration being the Roads and Transport Alliance Agreement 2018–2023. 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.

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/Regional 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 generally include senior civil engineering and/or program management officers of both Transport and Main Roads District and council members.

Both the Board and RRTGs are supported in their operations by the Roads and Transport Alliance Project Team. This team is made up of officers from the LGAQ Infrastructure, Economics and Regional Development team and the Transport and Main Roads Government Partnerships team. RTAPT is jointly led by the LGAQ Manager, Advocacy, Infrastructure, Economics and Regional Development, and the Transport and Main Roads Executive Director, Government Partnerships.

Access RRTG operating documents

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 4-year works program – 2 years fixed, 2 years indicative—this is consistent with the department's statewide 4-year program development cycle. Projects eligible for RRTG works program consideration include local roads of regional significance, marine infrastructure, airport infrastructure, 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
  • operational efficiencies through improved project coordination, scheduling and delivery
  • 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
  • access to funding for capability improvement projects that align with core Alliance functions through the Statewide Capability Development Fund (SCDF).

Annual progress reports

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

Last updated
27 September 2022