Implement traffic management plan

This unit covers the competency required to implement a traffic management plans in the civil construction industry. It includes: planning and preparing; setting out, monitoring and closing down the traffic guidance scheme; and cleaning up.


These traffic management plans include those for public and private roads, parking areas and restricted access construction sites. This unit is appropriate for those working in a operational roles, at worksites within:

Civil construction


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan and prepare

1.1. Access, interpret and apply compliance documentation relevant to implement a traffic management plans

1.2. Obtain, confirm and apply work instructions relevant to the allotted task

1.3. Obtain, confirm and apply safety requirements from the site safety plan and organisational policies and procedures to the allotted task

1.4. Identify, obtain and implement signage and devices requirements from the project traffic management plan

1.5. Select tools and equipment to carry out tasks that are consistent with the requirements of the job, check them for serviceability and rectify or report any faults

1.6. Identify, confirm and apply environmental protection requirements from the project environmental management plan to the allotted task

1.7. Check the designated traffic controllers' training and qualifications for currency as per legislation

1.8. Advise traffic controllers of the traffic flow requirements for the site

2. Set out the traffic guidance scheme

2.1. Select traffic guidance scheme to suit site conditions, traffic volumes and work activities

2.2. Determine and ensure adherence to work schedule, maximum traffic delays, signals and site communications

2.3. Ensure signs and devices are correctly positioned on the approaches to the work area in accordance with the traffic management plan

2.4. Ensure that signs and devices are positioned and displayed on each approach according to Road Authority requirements and the traffic management plan

2.5. Ensure signs and devices are positioned laterally and displayed in accordance with Road Authority requirements

2.6. Ensure traffic is controlled effectively to protect the work crew placing traffic control devices around the work area

3. Monitor traffic guidance scheme

3.1. Ensure traffic flow is monitored and effectiveness of guidance scheme determined

3.2. Monitor work activities and provide guidance to adjust scheme

3.3. Apply process for dealing with traffic controllers when they fail to adhere to the approved procedures

3.4. Apply procedures to deal with offending motorists

4. Close down traffic guidance scheme

4.1. Ensure traffic is controlled to protect work crew removing traffic control devices from the work area

4.2. Ensure signs are removed in sequence to provide maximum warning during removal of traffic control devices

4.3. Ensure guidance scheme details are recorded to organisational and or Road Authority requirements

4.4. Ensure incidents are reported as required by the organisation and/or Road Authority

5. Clean up

5.1. Ensure work area is cleared in accordance with the project environmental management plan

5.2. Ensure tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturers' recommendations and standard work practices

Required Skills

Required skills

Specific skills are required to achieve the performance criteria in this unit, particularly for the application in the various circumstances in which this unit may be applied. This includes the ability to carry out the following as required to implement a traffic management plan:

apply legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures

Required knowledge

Specific knowledge is required to achieve the Performance Criteria of this unit, particularly its application in a variety of circumstances in which the unit may be used. This includes knowledge of the following, as required to implement a traffic management plan:

site and equipment safety requirements

state and territory traffic management legislation

requirements set down by the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices

potential hazards

traffic controlling

traffic management plans

basic signalling

signs and devices

radio operations

equipment types, characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations

operational, maintenance and basic diagnostic procedures

site isolation and traffic control responsibilities and authorities

processes for the calculation of travel speed

quality requirements

civil construction terminology

JSAs/Safe work method statement

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to worksite operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:

knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions for implementing of traffic management plans

implementation of requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient implementing of traffic management plans, which are to include:

complying with State/Territory regulations on three separate live traffic projects, and

one project controlling site construction vehicles

working with others to undertake and complete the traffic management plans that meet all of the required outcomes

consistent timely implementation of traffic management plans that safely, effectively and efficiently meets the required outcomes

Context of and specific resources for assessment

This unit must be assessed in the context of the work environment. Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated environment provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of workplace performance, including task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.

The assessment environment should not disadvantage the participant. For example, language, literacy and numeracy demands of assessment should not be greater than those required on the job.

Customisation of assessment and delivery environment to sensitively accommodate cultural diversity.

Aboriginal people and other people from a non English speaking background may have second language issues.

Assessment of this competency requires typical resources normally used in the work environment. Selection and use of resources for particular worksites may differ due to site circumstances.

Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities.

Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required.

Method of assessment

This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency. The assessment strategy for this unit must verify required knowledge and skill and practical application using more than one of the following assessment methods:

written and/or oral assessment of the candidate's required knowledge

observed, documented and/or first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:

implementation of appropriate requirement, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient achievement of required outcomes

consistently achieving the required outcomes

first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:

working with others to implement traffic management plans

Guidance information for assessment

Consult the SkillsDMC User Guide for further information on assessment including access and equity issues.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Relevant compliance documentation

may include:

legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures

manufacturer's guidelines and specifications

Australian standards

code of practice

Employment and workplace relations legislation

Equal Employment Opportunity and Disability Discrimination legislation

Work instructions may be received via verbal or written and graphical instructions, signage, work schedules/plans/specifications, work bulletins, charts and hand drawings, memos, maps, materials safety data sheets (MSDS) and diagrams or sketches and may include:


quality requirements

operational details

safe work procedures or equivalent

regulatory/legislative requirements

manufacturers' specifications and instructions

organisation work specifications and requirements

instructions issued by authorised organisational or external personnel

relevant Australian standards

Safety requirements may include:

those included in compliance documentation

personal protective equipment

safe operating procedures, including recognising and preventing hazards associated with:

uneven/unstable terrain




trip hazards

dirt mounds

overhead services

underground services


surrounding buildings









hazardous materials

recently filled trenches

other machines


restricted access barriers

traffic control

working in proximity to others

worksite visitors and the public

safe parking practices, including:

ensuring access ways are clear

equipment/machinery is away from overhangs and refuelling sites

safe distance from excavations

secured from unauthorised access or movement

emergency procedures

Signage and devices are to include

temporary warning signs

regulatory and traffic cones

Signage and devices may include:

vehicle mounted signs and flashing lights

guide signs

warning signs


hazard markers

portable traffic signals


arrow boards

Tools and equipment are to include:

high visibility vests






stop-slow bats





warning lights and beacons

arrow boards

signalling devices

Environmental include the requirements of the organisational/ project environmental management plan, and may include:

waste management

water quality protection

noise, vibration, dust management

clean-up management

Conditions may include:

varying terrain

all weather conditions

varying road surfaces

all vehicle types

rural, urban or residential localities

all times of day

varying traffic volumes

varying road types

congested urban environments

low traffic rural areas

off-road un-trafficked areas


parking sites

pedestrian areas

civil construction site

road where civil construction work is conducted

Communications is to include:

verbal instructions

fault reporting

Communications may include:

2-way radio

hand signals

mobile phone

site specific instructions

written instructions

instructions related to job/task


Occupational Health and Safety

Competency Field

Refer to Unit Sector(s).


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

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