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Department of Transport and Main Roads

Austroads Safety Hardware Training and Accreditation Scheme (ASHTAS)

A national training and accreditation scheme has been developed for people who design, install and maintain road safety barriers on Australia and New Zealand’s road network to ensure safety and compliance with jurisdiction's and manufacturer's specifications requirements.

Discussions and agreement on ASHTAS was reached in 2018 by Austroads with key industry representatives. Since then, significant preparatory work has been undertaken and continues.  

View the ASHTAS factsheet for further information.

What are the upcoming changes that I need to be aware of?

 As part of ASHTAS adoption by Queensland, new mandatory training requirements will be coming into place for those involved with designing, installing and maintaining road safety barriers.   

Road safety barrier practitioners in Queensland should voluntarily undertake the ASHTAS Operative training course which is now available. Completion of the Operative course will be a prerequisite for participating in the Installer course and any future courses that are to be created.  

The Installer course is currently under development. The Designer and other courses are yet to be developed.  

Once the Installer and Designer courses become available from Austroads, a mandated date for completion of these courses for individuals involved in those activities and who wish to be accredited to undertake these roles will be advised.  At this point, we expect that to be 1 July 2024 so practitioners should undertake the available operative training now.

ASHTAS accreditation will be mandated by Transport and Main Roads for all practitioners involved in the design, installation and maintenance of road safety barrier systems on Queensland roads.

Training Courses

  • Operative course
    Entry-level course providing safety and operational awareness for individuals involved in the installation and maintenance of road safety barrier systems.

  • Installer course - under development
    The next stage of training provides the elements of systems and the practice of system installation.

  • Designer course - under development 
    Training for barrier designers and practitioners covering the theory of barrier design practices and fundamentals.

Contact Lantra for Approved Training Providers and course costs.

Last updated 06 September 2023