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1The Department’s responsibilities

  • develop and coordinate traffic signal operations development (known as personality development) for traffic signal controllers
  • purchase traffic signal controllers
  • commission, operate and maintain all traffic signals in Tasmania
  • undertake minor modification works to existing traffic signal assets where agreed.

We will also provide advice regarding new traffic signal installations and make sure proponents have appropriate support throughout the process.

2General information

The proponent must fully fund the cost of new traffic signal installations. Funding may include contributions under the Black Spot Program or other government programs.

We will monitor traffic signal installations through a series of quality assurance procedures (known as Hold Points) outlined in Standard Section 730, which include:

  • design acceptance
  • Commissioner for Transport approval
  • works permits (if works impact a State road)
  • pre-purchase of signal hardware
  • inspection of signal hardware installation via a site acceptance process
  • receipt of required documentation prior to commissioning
  • commissioning and handover of signals.

Hold Points must be formally signed off by the Department before proceeding to the next step in the traffic signalisation process. The process outlines which steps are to be undertaken by proponents and the Department, including the hold points.

3Documentation requirements

Proponents must make formal application to the Department regarding each proposed scheme. We will ensure all documentation addresses relevant standards and guidelines referred to below and make a recommendation to the Commissioner for Transport on the proposal.

Proponents are responsible for ensuring they refer to the latest version of all documentation published by the Department. Traffic signal related documents are published below.

All designs must be based on an engineering survey.

All designs and works must comply with the relevant Departmental specifications and applicable standard drawings.

All plans and phasing calculations must be submitted for review using the Department’s templates. Plans must include:

  • signal plan, including:
    • all signal hardware
    • all underground infrastructure (electrical and communications conduits, pits, poles, signal controller location, etc.)
    • point(s) of connection to the TasNetworks supply.
  • operational plan, including:
    • phasing diagrams
    • signal group arrangement
    • vehicle detection systems
    • any site specific operation notes.
  • civil works and traffic facilities plan, including:
    • kerb alignments, access ramp locations, traffic islands, pedestrian footpaths
    • design vehicle turn paths
    • pavement markings
    • traffic signs.

The following documentation is required in order for us to consider a design for a new traffic signal installation:

  • Evidence that Austroads warrants have been met
  • Detailed design/site plans
  • Phasing Calculations (Phase and Pedestrian time settings)
  • Communications strategy
  • Landowner consent (if proponent is not landowner), and
  • Traffic modelling (SIDRA analysis), at the discretion of the Department’s Traffic Systems Team.


To make sure that the process can be adequately supported, the first point of contact for proposed works and estimated timeframes shall be via the Traffic Systems Team by email to

Upon receipt of relevant documentation to, we will provide comment on proponent proposals for new traffic signal installations within 20 business days.

Following acceptance of the proposal by the Traffic Systems Team, we will make a recommendation to the Commissioner for Transport on the proposal.

Personality development and testing will be completed within the proponent’s contract period so commissioning is not held up.

We require seven calendar days to test a built site while lamps remain non-operational.

5Traffic Signal Detectors - Intersection Works & Reseals

This guide will assist road workers reinstall traffic signal detectors under the road surface. It is specific to road reseals and civil works (e.g. patching, kerbing and trenching) within a 100 metre radius of traffic signalised intersections

6Proponent’s responsibilities

The proponent must follow and adhere to all Hold Points in Standard Section 730.

The proponent will be required to negotiate a suitable point of power supply with TasNetworks at the agreed traffic control position. Any new electrical connections must be in the Department’s name to enable handover to occur.

The proponent is responsible for conducting all due diligence, for example Dial Before You Dig, organising all related permits, lodging Electrical Works Request (EWR) with TasNetworks.

The proponent must develop and deliver an appropriate communications strategy to notify impacted stakeholders of the new signals. Depending on the situation, this may include – but not be limited to – print or other advertising, direct mail, social media, or on-site signage. The strategy should include communication around the commencement of works and commissioning.

Any construction contracts entered into must link practical completion to commissioning and include a defects liability/maintenance period with a minimum term of twelve months. Any costs associated with defects during the warranty period are the responsibility of the proponent.



All installations must use type approved traffic signal equipment and hardware and be approved by the Department’s Traffic Systems Team prior to purchase. Refer to the published Traffic Signals Inventory List for material and supplier details.

8Site acceptance and commissioning

The proponent’s contractor must provide access to its worksite for the Department to conduct site acceptance activities.

We will not commission signals until all appropriate documentation is received from the proponent and testing has been completed.

Upon commissioning, ownership of all traffic signal infrastructure will transfer to the Department. Infrastructure includes traffic signals, electrical components, wiring and any associated Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

The Department accepts responsibility of daily operation of all traffic signals and any associated systems as guided by the Traffic Signals Operational Strategy.

Response to any feedback arising from the new installation or modifications will be the responsibility of the road owner.


For enquiries, assistance, or to initiate the process, please email: