The Regional Roads and Transport Group (RRTG) is the primary decision making body of the Roads and Transport Alliance (Alliance). RRTGs are based on existing relationships taking into consideration economic, social, environmental and geographic characteristics of a region, which serves to influence the planning and management of the regional road network and the services provided by that network.
RRTGs, with the support of a Technical Committee, are responsible for planning, prioritising and managing investment on a specific road network, known as the “Local Roads of Regional Significance” (LRRS), though are also able to address the investment needs of other transport infrastructure identified as significant to the region.
RRTGs are able to influence investment decisions on other road networks and have a coordinating role in the areas of asset management, joint purchasing, resource sharing and workforce capability improvement on behalf of Local Government and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The Roads and Transport Alliance operates under an iterative Memorandum of Agreement. RRTGs operate under the Roads and Transport Alliance Operational Guidelines. These Guidelines provide information in relation to the responsibilities of a RRTG, its membership, chairperson, observers, decision-making and meetings. The Guidelines also state that RRTGs shall establish a constitution or set of rules to formalise the governance and issue resolution arrangements of the RRTG.
Regional Roads and Transport Groups (RRTGs) are responsible for, but not limited to:
- Managing the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) funding program and its investment on the regional transport network
- Determining the local roads of regional significance (LRRS) network and notifying the Roads and Transport Alliance Board of changes to the network
- Determining and approving the long-term investment strategies for the region’s LRRS network
- Ensuring local governments’ commitment to the transport network in real terms is maintained and any additional state funding over and above this commitment is matched with local government funds
- Ensuring that the rolling four-year works program is submitted annually to the appropriate TMR district office by February of each year
- Planning and reporting improvement in the capacity and coordination in four key road stewardship capabilities: asset management, program development, road safety and joint purchasing and resource sharing (JP&RS)
- Ensuring the annual TIDS funding allocation is spent and fully acquitted in accordance with the TIDS Policy and Roads and Transport Alliance Operational Guidelines.
RRTGs are strongly encouraged and supported by the Roads and Transport Alliance Board to broaden the scope and responsibilities of the Group where deemed appropriate, beneficial and a priority for their region.