Road Management Act, regulations & codes

The purpose of the Road Management Act 2004 is to establish a coordinated management system for public roads that will promote safe and efficient state and local public road networks and the responsible use of our roads.

The Minister for Roads and Road Safety is responsible for the Road Management Act 2004 and a number of other Acts, including those listed below. VicRoads is responsible for administering all or parts of those Acts and the Regulations made under those Acts.

The latest versions of these Acts and Regulations are available from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website under Victorian Law Today.

Follow these instructions on how to locate the relevant Act or Regulation

  1. Visit Victorian Law Today (External link)
  2. Select ‘Acts’ or ‘Statutory Rules’
  3. Type in the search field the name of the Act or Regulation
  4. Then select ‘Start Search’
  5. You can now select either the PDF or Word document to review or download

Note:  Alternatively, at Victorian Law Today (External link) select ‘Acts’ or ’Statutory Rules’ and then select the relevant letter of the alphabet (e.g. ‘R’ for Road Management Act 2004).  Then select the relevant Act or Regulation from the displayed list.

Road Management Act 2004

Also see below for What Regulations have been made under the Road Management Act?

How does the Road Management Act affect key stakeholder groups?

VicRoads has prepared the following 'fact sheets' to provide a brief overview of the main implications of the Road Management Act 2004 for key stakeholder groups.

What Regulations have been made under the Road Management Act?

The following Regulations have been made under the Road Management Act 2004 and are now in operation.

Please note

  • The Road Management (Works and Infrastructure) Regulations 2015 came into operation on 20 June 2015 and replaced the previous Road Management (Works and Infrastructure) Regulations 2005, which were revoked on 20 June 2015.  
  • The Road Management (General) Regulations 2016 came into operation on 18 March 2016 and replaced the previous Road Management (General) Regulations 2005, which were revoked on 18 March 2016.
The making Road Management (General) Regulations 2016 required a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), which was advertised inviting public comments and submissions between November and December 2015. Eleven submissions were received, which generally supported the proposed regulations. 


After consideration of the submissions, a decision was made by the Minister for Roads and Road Safety that the proposed regulations should be made, save for minor and technical amendments for the purposes of drafting consistency and clarity. An amendment was also made to require public notification when a road authority determines, after completing a periodic review of its road management plan, that it will not amend that plan.

Read the Notice of Decision

Codes of practice under the Road Management Act

Codes of Practice have been developed to provide practical guidance for road authorities and works and infrastructure managers, in the performance of their functions and duties under the Act.

Other Acts & regulations

Road Safety Act 1986

Accident Towing Services Act 2007

Melbourne City Link Act 1995

EastLink Project Act 2004


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