Road Management Act

 The Victorian Government passed the Road Management Act 2004 (Vic) on 11 May 2004.

The primary objective of the Act is to establish a coordinated management system that will promote safe and efficient road networks at state and local levels and the responsible use of road reserves for other legitimate purposes.

The Act establishes:

  • a coordinating road authority with co-ordination functions
  • a responsible road authority with operational functions.

VicRoads is the coordinating road authority for: 

  • freeways (shown in green in the Melway Street Directory)
  • arterial roads (shown in black in the Melway Street Directory).

Frankston City Council is the coordinating road authority for:

  • municipal roads (all roads listed in the Public Road Register).

VicRoads is the responsible authority for the whole road reserve if the road is a freeway, and if the road is an arterial road, for the part of the roadway used by through traffic, the central median and for the roadside in a non-urban area.

If an arterial road, Frankston City Council is the responsibility authority for:

  • any part of the roadway not used by through traffic
  • for the median strip between the roadway and the service road
  • for any pathway, other than a pathway on a freeway road reserve
  • for the roadside in an urban area (defined by 50kph zone or street lights or abutting development).

If a municipal road or an ancillary area to that road, Frankston City Council is the responsible authority.

In relation to road-related infrastructure, the responsible road authority is generally the same as for the roadway or pathway to which the road-related infrastructure relates.

As part of our requirements in the Act, we must keep a register of public roads.

Learn more about the Public Road Register.