Regional Road Transfer and Road Classification Review


About the program

The Regional Road Transfer and Road Classification Review is made up of two separate initiatives being delivered as one program:

Regional Road Transfer
Road Classification Review

In February 2019, the NSW Government announced that up to 15,000 kilometres of council-owned Regional Roads would be transferred to NSW State Government management as part of a broader package of support for local councils to better manage and maintain the rural road network.

The Regional Road Transfer initiative applies only to Regional Roads, in which the road management responsibility is transferred from a council to the State but the road remains classified as a Regional Road. Only regional councils outside of Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong were eligible to put forward applications for transfer under this initiative, as defined by Restart NSW boundaries.


Also announced in February 2019, the Road Classification Review covers all administrative classifications of roads in NSW (State Roads, Local Roads and Regional Roads), with an aim to better align the function a road performs in the NSW transport network, and how it is funded and managed.

The Road Classification Review ensures the road classification framework is still fit for purpose and that roads across NSW are appropriately classified.

All NSW councils were eligible to make submissions for reclassification.


State, Regional and Local roads are used to describe the administrative classification of roads in NSW. The Road Classification Review ensures assignment of the road category to ensure it accurately reflects the usage and function of the road in relation to the broader road network.

The NSW Government appointed an Independent Panel, chaired by Ms Wendy Machin, to carry out the program; including completing a review of the road classification framework currently in use, consulting with stakeholders and assessing applications for the Priority and Full rounds of the program.

The Independent Panel members are:

  • Ms Wendy Machin (Chair)
  • Mr Peter Duncan AM
  • Ms Jillian Kilby
  • Mr Peter Tegart
  • Mr John Roydhouse
  • Mr Michael Kilgariff.

On this page you can view the Information Paper which details the scope, purpose and principles of the review, the Terms of Reference for the Independent Panel and find out more about the Panel members.


Full Round

Applications for the Full Round of the program were open between Monday 27 September and Monday 28 February 2022. The application period was extended from the original closing date of 24 December 2021 due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and local government election period at the start of December 2021.

Council submissions that were not successful in the Priority round could be resubmitted to be considered in the Full Round.

The Independent Panel received a high volume of submissions and would like to thank all applicants for taking the time to submit proposals for reclassification or transfer.

The Panel has reviewed each application against the eligibility requirements, program outcomes, objectives and strategic principles and is preparing the final report to be presented to the Government for consideration by late 2022.

The Independent Panel’s report will contain recommendations on road transfers and reclassifications as well as areas of road maintenance policy.

The NSW Government will announce the outcomes of the Full Round following their consideration of the final report and the recommendations of the Panel. Timeframes for this are to be confirmed.

For any enquiries contact roadreview@transport.nsw.gov.au.


Priority Round

In late 2020, the Independent Panel conducted a short Priority Round to capture a small group of urgent cases and network adjustments for road reclassification and/or transfer, and to test the process and framework for the Full Round to be conducted later.

The Independent Panel assessed the applications received in the Priority Round and delivered an Interim Report and recommendation of priority road transfers to the NSW Government for consideration.

In September 2021, the NSW Government announced the priority roads to be transferred and/or reclassified and published the Panel’s Interim Report.

The Priority Round recommendations accepted by the NSW Government included the transfer of 391 kilometres of priority Regional Roads across eight Local Government Areas to state management and recommendations for 353.7 kilometres of roads to be reclassified based on 39 applications.

Transport for NSW is currently working on the implementation of the reclassifications and transfers from the Priority Round in consultation with councils.


Consultation

In July and August 2020, the Independent Panel held a series of consultation sessions with councils across NSW, with 91% of councils participating in at least one session.

The findings from those sessions is now available in the Panel's Consultation Report, which can be downloaded from the Resources tab at the right-hand side of the page.

The Panel also invited ongoing feedback, questions and suggestions throughout their work .

Updated 27 September 2022.


About the program

The Regional Road Transfer and Road Classification Review is made up of two separate initiatives being delivered as one program:

Regional Road Transfer
Road Classification Review

In February 2019, the NSW Government announced that up to 15,000 kilometres of council-owned Regional Roads would be transferred to NSW State Government management as part of a broader package of support for local councils to better manage and maintain the rural road network.

The Regional Road Transfer initiative applies only to Regional Roads, in which the road management responsibility is transferred from a council to the State but the road remains classified as a Regional Road. Only regional councils outside of Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong were eligible to put forward applications for transfer under this initiative, as defined by Restart NSW boundaries.


Also announced in February 2019, the Road Classification Review covers all administrative classifications of roads in NSW (State Roads, Local Roads and Regional Roads), with an aim to better align the function a road performs in the NSW transport network, and how it is funded and managed.

The Road Classification Review ensures the road classification framework is still fit for purpose and that roads across NSW are appropriately classified.

All NSW councils were eligible to make submissions for reclassification.


State, Regional and Local roads are used to describe the administrative classification of roads in NSW. The Road Classification Review ensures assignment of the road category to ensure it accurately reflects the usage and function of the road in relation to the broader road network.

The NSW Government appointed an Independent Panel, chaired by Ms Wendy Machin, to carry out the program; including completing a review of the road classification framework currently in use, consulting with stakeholders and assessing applications for the Priority and Full rounds of the program.

The Independent Panel members are:

  • Ms Wendy Machin (Chair)
  • Mr Peter Duncan AM
  • Ms Jillian Kilby
  • Mr Peter Tegart
  • Mr John Roydhouse
  • Mr Michael Kilgariff.

On this page you can view the Information Paper which details the scope, purpose and principles of the review, the Terms of Reference for the Independent Panel and find out more about the Panel members.


Full Round

Applications for the Full Round of the program were open between Monday 27 September and Monday 28 February 2022. The application period was extended from the original closing date of 24 December 2021 due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and local government election period at the start of December 2021.

Council submissions that were not successful in the Priority round could be resubmitted to be considered in the Full Round.

The Independent Panel received a high volume of submissions and would like to thank all applicants for taking the time to submit proposals for reclassification or transfer.

The Panel has reviewed each application against the eligibility requirements, program outcomes, objectives and strategic principles and is preparing the final report to be presented to the Government for consideration by late 2022.

The Independent Panel’s report will contain recommendations on road transfers and reclassifications as well as areas of road maintenance policy.

The NSW Government will announce the outcomes of the Full Round following their consideration of the final report and the recommendations of the Panel. Timeframes for this are to be confirmed.

For any enquiries contact roadreview@transport.nsw.gov.au.


Priority Round

In late 2020, the Independent Panel conducted a short Priority Round to capture a small group of urgent cases and network adjustments for road reclassification and/or transfer, and to test the process and framework for the Full Round to be conducted later.

The Independent Panel assessed the applications received in the Priority Round and delivered an Interim Report and recommendation of priority road transfers to the NSW Government for consideration.

In September 2021, the NSW Government announced the priority roads to be transferred and/or reclassified and published the Panel’s Interim Report.

The Priority Round recommendations accepted by the NSW Government included the transfer of 391 kilometres of priority Regional Roads across eight Local Government Areas to state management and recommendations for 353.7 kilometres of roads to be reclassified based on 39 applications.

Transport for NSW is currently working on the implementation of the reclassifications and transfers from the Priority Round in consultation with councils.


Consultation

In July and August 2020, the Independent Panel held a series of consultation sessions with councils across NSW, with 91% of councils participating in at least one session.

The findings from those sessions is now available in the Panel's Consultation Report, which can be downloaded from the Resources tab at the right-hand side of the page.

The Panel also invited ongoing feedback, questions and suggestions throughout their work .

Updated 27 September 2022.
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This nomination form is closed.

    Please read this information before proceeding to submit:

    • This form is step 1 of a two-stage submission process. This step asks you to nominate all roads both priority and non-priority planned to be submitted for either reclassification or transfer.
    • This form should be used to indicate an overview of the roads intended to be submitted for either reclassification or transfer by your organisation. This submission does not commit council to any course of action but is an initial expression of the intention to submit only.
    • All recommendations of the Independent Panel are subject to review and decision by the NSW Government.
    • A further stage of the submission process will then collect detailed information in relation to priority and non-priority roads. Supporting information requested by the Independent Panel may be provided to NSW State Government agencies for verification.
    • A submission for reclassification should be made where the submission is making a case that the classification of the road has changed in line with the criteria for characteristics and function of the road outlined in the Information Paper, available at nswroads.work/roadreview.
    • For helpful definitions, including of what constitutes priority and non-priority submissions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions available at nswroads.work/roadreview.
    • A submission for transfer should be made where the road is currently classified as Regional Road and continues to fill that function in line with the criteria outlined in the Information Paper, but where council wishes to propose transfer of the road to State management.
    • Where a road is proposed for reclassification to the Regional Road category and for subsequent transfer, please indicate where prompted.
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    For questions regarding the Road Classification Review and Transfer program, contact the Independent Panel Secretariat roadreview@transport.nsw.gov.au.

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