Temporary Traffic Management Accreditation program

We introduced a new Temporary Traffic Management Accreditation (Accreditation) program on 1 February 2022  to maintain high levels of safety and compliance at road worksites. 

The new Accreditation program replaces the previous temporary traffic management prequalification scheme on 1 February 2023 and includes new road categories and traffic management roles. 

New traffic management companies will need to apply for Accreditation before they can start working on roads managed by DoT. Prequalified traffic management companies have been given temporary Accreditation until 31 January 2023, giving them 12 months to formally apply for Accreditation.

Only companies with Accreditation will be able to work on roads managed by the Department of Transport (DoT), apply for DoT issued MoA permits and tender for VicRoads works from 1 February 2023.

It is one of the initiatives being delivered under the Traffic Management Reform (TMR) program to create a consistent approach to traffic management across Victoria in line with national guidelines and approaches.

How the new Accreditation program works

Accreditation is being introduced to align with the updated Road Management Act 2004 (Code of Practice for Worksite Safety – Traffic Management) and to maintain high levels of safety for traffic management workers, road users and local communities. Accreditation boosts industry standards and establishes clear categories of roads based on risk and traffic volume, ensuring only companies with suitable experience are accredited. 

All prequalified traffic management companies have until 1 February 2023 to transition to accreditation. We are expecting a high volume of applications over the next few months so it may take more than eight weeks to assess them. Please apply by October 2022 to make sure you have accreditation by 1 February 2023 when the prequalification scheme ends. 

A company’s accreditation is valid for two years once approved. During this time, traffic management companies must inform DoT of any changes of circumstances, including change of company name or ownership.  It is the responsibility of the company to ensure they renew their accreditation well in advance of the expiry date.

DoT may also downgrade, suspend or cancel a company’s accreditation after issuing a formal notice of non-compliance and giving the company an opportunity to respond.  

Roles for Accreditation 

There are two traffic management roles that companies can apply for when working on a DoT managed road – traffic management design and traffic management implementation.

Companies can apply for accreditation in either or both roles, as long as they have evidence of the different training, experience and road network knowledge required to perform each role.

Traffic Management Design role

This role designs and prepares temporary traffic management plans with responsibility for:

  • Designing, drafting, reviewing and/or making modifications to Traffic Management Plans (TMP), including site audits/inspections and the worksite hazard assessment.

Traffic Management Implementation role

This role assesses the worksite and implements traffic management plans with responsibility for:

  • Setting out, implementing and monitoring TMPs.
  • Controlling traffic, through an accredited traffic controller.

New road categories

There are three temporary traffic management road categories to reflect the varying complexity and scaled risk profile to make sure only those companies with suitable training, experience and a good safety record will be accredited to manage traffic on the DoT (VicRoads) road network across Victoria.

These categories are:

Category 1 roads: most urban and lower volume rural roads with a posted speed limit of ≤ 60 km/h. Characteristics range from roads with or without a centreline, sealed and unsealed, with a single lane (one lane in each direction), including instances where there is an overtaking lane available for an otherwise single lane road.

Category 2 roads: high-volume, excluding freeways. Characteristics include signalised intersections, multi-lane or divided roads, and major urban roads. These are mostly arterial roads and include complex environments, such as two-lane roundabouts.

Category 3 roads: high volume, high speed multi-lane freeways with a divided carriageway, including on-ramps and off-ramps.

A company may apply for Accreditation in any or all three temporary traffic management road categories.   

Who can apply for Accreditation?

Prequalified traffic management companies can apply for Accreditation under any of the three road categories. 

New companies can only apply for Accreditation to work on category 1 roads. They must demonstrate relevant experience working on category 1 roads and high levels of competency before they can apply to work on category 2 and 3 roads. This graduated approach allows companies time to demonstrate requirements to meet full Accreditation. 

The Map of Declared Roads on the VicRoads website provides a colour-coded representation of the road categories:

Road Category Map of declared road reference
Category 1 
  • Grey - Declared Roads
  • Orange - Non-Arterial State Road 
Category 2 
  • Red - Arterial Road (named Highway)
  • Black - Arterial Road
Category 3 
  • Blue - Freeway (Tollway)
  • Green - Freeway

How to apply

To apply for apply for Accreditation, download the Accreditation application form [PDF 332 Kb] and email it to [email protected] with the required supporting documentation and information when completed.

The following information and documents are needed to complete the Accreditation application:

  • company details, directors, senior managers and financial information
  • insurance certificates
  • coinvest registration
  • demonstrated work experience (including referees) in relevant roles and road categories
  • Quality Assurance and Occupational Health and Safety (including third-party accreditation of these management systems)

Information provided as part of the application process will be verified with coordinating road authorities or other relevant stakeholders. Applicants will have the opportunity to correct any mistakes but if details are found to be false or misleading, applications will be rejected immediately. 

Download the Temporary Traffic Management Accredited Company Guidelines [PDF 3 Mb] for more details about the new Accreditation program and the information needed for applications. It covers Accreditation roles, road categories, Accreditation assessment requirements and criteria, company responsibilities and the Department of Transport’s non-compliance procedures.

Traffic management companies should allow up to eight weeks for Accreditation applications to be assessed once they have been received by DoT. It’s recommended that prequalified traffic management companies submit any application by October 2022 to transition to the new accreditation program by 1 February 2023. 

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