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Department of Transport and Main Roads

National training framework for temporary traffic management

Austroads, in collaboration with road authorities, industry stakeholders, and the training sector is leading a national training initiative, the National Training Framework for Temporary Traffic Management, designed to standardise temporary traffic management practices across Australia. 

Our commitment to the safety of all people at roadwork sites including road workers, traffic management staff and road users will be delivered by ensuring quality training is provided to temporary traffic management workers. 

We are considering the implications of the introduction of the national training framework for temporary traffic management and what this would mean for Queensland. We are fortunate here in Queensland that we have had a long history of comprehensive training framework.

Implementing the national framework will have different impacts and opportunities for everyone involved in the temporary traffic management industry. A comprehensive consultation process has been undertaken to understand what adoption would mean and to chart a path forward collaboratively with industry.

This consultation has now closed

We’ve encouraged feedback from everyone involved in the temporary traffic management industry. We’ve requested responses to the survey, and engaged with industry via face-to-face and online consultation.

The consultation period is now closed, and responses are being considered. We would like to acknowledge and thank those who have contributed to the consultation.

About the proposed national training framework

The national training framework objectives are to:

  • ensure trainers are qualified and have the necessary skills to deliver effective training that provides positive vocational outcomes. The training being delivered will be assessed and monitored ensuring materials are up-to-date, accurate, and consistently delivered.
  • ensure all trainees receive the same quality and level of training, regardless of location or trainer reducing the likelihood of accidents and injuries in the workplace.
  • improve the standard of temporary traffic management in Australia and consistency of application, which assists road users to recognise and understand temporary traffic management, thereby improving behaviour and safety.
  • provide a well-governed training system that promotes a positive safety culture and career pathways for temporary traffic management workers.
  • facilitate mobility through recognition of qualifications and training enabling individuals to work in other jurisdictions without having to repeat training. Recognition of training will enable the flow of talent and skills across borders, creating a more diverse and competitive workforce, that can lead to increased investment and economic growth. 

Changes to training 

A graduated learning approach across various temporary traffic management roles will be introduced. This ensures individuals progress through a structured learning journey, gradually building their expertise as they advance in their careers. This approach enhances safety and fosters professionalism within the industry. The framework provides a well-defined career path for those entering the field, offering clarity and motivation for individuals seeking long-term prospects in traffic management.

Designed under the Vocational Education and Training framework, 8 national training programs have been developed based on skill sets and units of competency.

Temporary traffic management skill sets

Temporary Traffic Management Category 1 Temporary Traffic Management Category 2 Temporary Traffic Management Category 3
Traffic Controller RIISS00058 - Traffic Controller - Urban Streets and Low Volume Rural Roads (TC1) RIISS00059 - Traffic Controller - High Volume Roads (TC2) Not applicable
Traffic Management Implementer RIISS00060 - Traffic Management Implementer - Urban Streets and Low Volume Rural Roads (TMI1) RIISS00061 - Traffic Management Implementer for High Volume Roads (TMI2)  RIISS00062 - Traffic Management Implementer for Motorways and Freeways (TMI3)
Traffic Management Designer RIISS00063 - Traffic Management Designer for Urban Street and Low Volume Rural Roads (TMD1) RIIS00064 - Traffic Management Designer for High Volume Roads (TMD2) RIISS00065 - Traffic Management Designer for Motorways and Freeways (TMD3)

Standardising the delivery of temporary traffic management training is expected to help ensure that organisations are providing high-quality training programs that meet industry and government objectives effectively and efficiently. 

The framework incorporates a balanced blend of classroom and practical on-the-job learning, which is necessary for a full and complete understanding of what is required in the role. The new framework also allows for cross-jurisdictional recognition. This means that individuals who successfully complete the training requirements in one state or territory can have their training recognised in other participating states or territories.

This harmonisation ensures the skills acquired are transferable and valuable nationwide. Overall, the proposed framework represents a significant step forward in standardising, enhancing, and unifying the training landscape for traffic management professionals across Australia. 

Queensland's current training

We currently develop training material that aligns with technical standards. We work with industry to review and update content regularly to ensure it continues to reflect best practice and operational needs.

In 2015, minimum training requirements were introduced into the Queensland Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (2009), compelling traffic management designers, traffic management implementers and traffic controllers to undertake training courses developed and issued under licence agreement to approved training providers. There are currently 24 training organisations approved to deliver this training. 

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Last updated 18 April 2024