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The landscape of traffic management in Victoria is undergoing substantial changes, primarily due to new regulations introduced by Austroads that aim to enhance the safety and proficiency of traffic controllers in Victoria. This article delves into the changes around training requirements, and their implications for professionals engaged in traffic management activities.

The Transformation in Traffic Management Training

In 2022, Austroads announced the introduction of eight advanced skill sets for traffic management, making a significant step in elevating traffic safety and training methods for traffic controllers. Starting March 2024, certain traditional ‘Units of Competency’ will no longer be valid, mandating comprehensive training for all traffic controllers and traffic management implementers in order to maintain their accreditation. This shift emphasises a move towards a more hands-on, practical approach to training, with an increased emphasis on real-life application and extended learning hours for obtaining certification.

Adjusting to the New Framework

At Multiskills, we are proactively adjusting our curriculum to align with these new standards, ensuring that our training programs reflect the heightened focus on practical, on-site assessments in actual traffic conditions. This approach aligns with a broader commitment to enhancing the capabilities and safety awareness of individuals working within Victoria’s traffic management sector. Our primary objective is to equip traffic management professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate the complex and evolving traffic management environment.

Implications for Traffic Management Professionals

The Department of Transport and Planning has clarified that the revised training guidelines predominantly affect traffic management companies and their personnel. However, a specialised training package is being formulated for roles that involve intermittent, minimal impact operations on the road network, such as those in the utilities, surveying, and event management industries. In the interim, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are authorised to provide specific training modules to individuals not currently employed in a traditional traffic management role. This transitional strategy aims to uphold traffic safety standards on the road network while transitioning to the new training protocols.

“If you are not employed as a dedicated Traffic Controller for a Traffic Control company, you don’t need to comply with the revised Traffic Control Framework for now.”

Looking Forward

As we navigate through this period of transition, it is crucial for all professionals involved in traffic management to remain informed and aware of the upcoming changes. Multiskills is dedicated to offering support and guidance throughout this process of change, with further updates as the new training specifications become more defined.

The ongoing evolution of traffic management training in Victoria requires a commitment to flexibility and continuous education within the industry. By actively engaging with the new training standards and protocols, traffic management personnel can make sure their practices are both safe and effective. As we move into this new era of enhanced traffic safety and skill development, we should embrace the opportunities for growth and improvement in the sector.

Stay tuned for further developments on this important topic, and explore our Traffic Management course designed for individuals operating outside the conventional traffic management employment pathways.




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