Our industry has people working on or near traffic every day. Safe and effective traffic management is critical to ensure the safety of our workers, the safety of the travelling public and the productivity of our works. Too many people in our industry are killed or seriously injured in Australia every year through interaction with vehicles. All of these are avoidable.
Traffic Management should be the first consideration when planning works and considered early in the tender or quoting process.
From 1 January 2021, all temporary traffic management practices across Tasmania must be conducted in accordance with the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management and applicable Australian Standards.
The Austroads Board undertook a project to refine traffic management at road works, by developing and simplifying guidance documents, and improving training and consistency across Australia. The project aimed to standardise the approach to temporary traffic management across Australia and in New Zealand.
The project resulted in the release of the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management in December 2019 and an update of the current Australian Standard 1742.3 – Manual of uniform traffic control devices, Part 3: Traffic control for works on roads. The updated standard set out to improve the ability of road agencies, contractors, traffic management practitioners and industry to meet their Work Health and Safety (WH&S) requirements and achieve better safety outcomes at road works sites.
The Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (the AGTTM) was released in December 2019, detailing contemporary traffic management practice for application at road worksites across Australia and New Zealand. The AGTTM was adopted in Tasmania on 1 January 2021 and can be found on the Austroads website.
In addition to implementation of the AGTTM, organisations must comply with:
The Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management: Part 8, Section 2 details a road categorisation system for the purpose of applying temporary traffic management practices. These categories determine several requirements under the guide including temporary traffic management design practices and training.
The Department of State Growth (the Department) has worked with all Tasmanian Councils to collect road category information for Local Government roads. This information has been collated for industry use.
Most roads on the Tasmanian road network fall under the Category 1 criteria. A list of Tasmanian state and local roads that fall outside of this criteria can be accessed by clicking on the Tasmanian State Road Hierarchy link below.
Traffic control at work sites is provided to maintain a safe workplace for workers and safely guide road users through work sites. It is essential for safety that the credibility of traffic control at worksites is maintained.