Regional Road Transfer and Road Classification Review

Priority submissions round now completed

In late 2020, the Independent Panel conducted a short priority round to capture a small group of urgent cases and network adjustments, and to test the process and framework for the full round to be conducted at a later date.

The Independent Panel has assessed the applications received in the priority round and has delivered an interim report and recommendation of priority road transfers to the NSW Government for consideration.

Background for the Priority Submissions round

Applications to the priority round of the Road Classification Review and Transfer are now closed.

The Priority Submissions round was a closed round. Councils that made an eligible priority claim in the nomination phase were provided with a link to the SmartyGrants application platform via email. Councils with no eligible priority claims were advised by email and are invited to provide their submissions in the full round.

The priority round is a limited round intended to capture a small group of urgent cases, and to test the process and framework for the full round to be conducted in 2021. For more information about the priority framework and submission process, please refer to the Priority Guidelines in the Resources section of this page.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the TfNSW support staff on roadreview@transport.nsw.gov.au.

Further information is provided in a series of FAQs available in the side bar.

Your Say

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 is keen to collect your feedback and suggestions, which can be provided directly to roadreview@transport.nsw.gov.au or through the Q&A button on this page.


Background

In February 2019, the NSW Government announced the initiation of a Road Classification Review to ensure the road classification framework is still fit for purpose and that roads across NSW are appropriately classified. Future Transport 2056 identifies the NSW Road Classification Review (Classification Review) as a key initiative to make adjustments to the classification policy framework and update the road network to align with the ‘Hub and Spoke’ Transport Network Model and the ‘Movement and Place’ Framework.

Also in February 2019, the Government announced that up to 15,000 kilometres of council owned roads would be returned to State management as part of a broader package of support for local councils to better manage and maintain the rural road network.

Combining the transfer of council owned regional roads with the Classification Review will ensure equity and transparency in all changes and support the development of an integrated road transport network.

An Independent Panel, chaired by Ms Wendy Machin, has been established to make recommendations for consideration by the NSW Government. 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 Terms of Reference for the Independent Panel, find out more about the Panel members, ask them a question and submit your nominations for priority and non-priority reclassifications and transfers.

Priority submissions round now completed

In late 2020, the Independent Panel conducted a short priority round to capture a small group of urgent cases and network adjustments, and to test the process and framework for the full round to be conducted at a later date.

The Independent Panel has assessed the applications received in the priority round and has delivered an interim report and recommendation of priority road transfers to the NSW Government for consideration.

Background for the Priority Submissions round

Applications to the priority round of the Road Classification Review and Transfer are now closed.

The Priority Submissions round was a closed round. Councils that made an eligible priority claim in the nomination phase were provided with a link to the SmartyGrants application platform via email. Councils with no eligible priority claims were advised by email and are invited to provide their submissions in the full round.

The priority round is a limited round intended to capture a small group of urgent cases, and to test the process and framework for the full round to be conducted in 2021. For more information about the priority framework and submission process, please refer to the Priority Guidelines in the Resources section of this page.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the TfNSW support staff on roadreview@transport.nsw.gov.au.

Further information is provided in a series of FAQs available in the side bar.

Your Say

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 is keen to collect your feedback and suggestions, which can be provided directly to roadreview@transport.nsw.gov.au or through the Q&A button on this page.


Background

In February 2019, the NSW Government announced the initiation of a Road Classification Review to ensure the road classification framework is still fit for purpose and that roads across NSW are appropriately classified. Future Transport 2056 identifies the NSW Road Classification Review (Classification Review) as a key initiative to make adjustments to the classification policy framework and update the road network to align with the ‘Hub and Spoke’ Transport Network Model and the ‘Movement and Place’ Framework.

Also in February 2019, the Government announced that up to 15,000 kilometres of council owned roads would be returned to State management as part of a broader package of support for local councils to better manage and maintain the rural road network.

Combining the transfer of council owned regional roads with the Classification Review will ensure equity and transparency in all changes and support the development of an integrated road transport network.

An Independent Panel, chaired by Ms Wendy Machin, has been established to make recommendations for consideration by the NSW Government. 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 Terms of Reference for the Independent Panel, find out more about the Panel members, ask them a question and submit your nominations for priority and non-priority reclassifications and transfers.

Questions to the Panel

Have a question about the Classification Review and Transfer and can't find the answer in the FAQS? 

Ask a question here. 

Questions will be triaged by the Panel Secretariat and responded to within five business days. If appropriate, questions and answers will be published in the FAQs section of this web portal. 

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  • Is there a limit on how many roads can be nominated for reclassification and/or transfer? I have nominated a number of roads within the same nomination but the current nomination will not let me add another road. Do I submit the current nomination and then restart another one?

    Anthony Magarry asked 11 months ago

    Hi Anthony,

    Thanks for your question.

    The form will allow you to submit nominations for 10 roads at a time. When you have reached that maximum, please begin a new form. There is no ceiling on the number of nominations you can make.

    Kind regards,

    Freda

    TfNSW support team

  • One matter not discussed with the Panel. Traffic light operations is undertaken by T4NSW. At the moment these are often on classified road which are also regional roads and therefore funded by T4NSW. In our view, all traffic lights should be funded and operated by T4NSW regardless of classification to ensure coordination. Has the panel taken into account the unintended consequence of reclassifying a road back to regional unclassified from regional classified and the potential cost shift to LG? We will include our views within our submission.

    WSharpe asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    We will pass this on to the Independent Panel for consideration and response. Where appropriate, further information will be added to the project website to be accessible for all councils.

    Kind regards,

    TfNSW support team

  • Where can I find the list of "3 F's " that was illustrated on the screen this morning's Regional Road Transfer and NSW Road Classification Review Meeting?

    Rolly asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Rolly,

    Thank you for your question.

    The presentation delivered by the Independent Panel at the start of each consultation session will be distributed to all participants shortly after the conclusion of the session.

    If you haven't received a copy of the presentation within 24 hours, please contact us on roadreview@transport.nsw.gov.au.

    Kind regards,

    Freda

    TfNSW support team

  • Council Submissions I note that submissions are due in August 2020 for those Councils that wish to supplement information provided during the consultation sessions. Is there any preference from the Panel with regard format or will this advice be given as part of the consultation session? Thanks

    Peter Murray asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Peter,

    Thank you for your question.

    In coming weeks, the Independent Panel will provide further information about making a submission for reclassification or transfer. Detailed submissions will be requested with plenty of guidance on what should be provided.

    The Panel will also give a brief summary of the type of information they will be looking for as an introduction to all consultation sessions. We encourage you to sign up for a session and put your questions directly to the Panel.

    Kind regards,

    TfNSW support team

  • Will the consultation sessions be held live or will they be remote?

    George Cowan asked about 1 year ago

    Hi George,

    Thanks for your question. This period of consultation will be undertaken through videoconference using Microsoft Teams. While the Independent Panel was disappointed not to be travelling to the regions for face to face meetings at this stage, it was not known at the time of planning how long the restrictions due to Covid-19 would last.

    The Panel will work to use the technology to best advantage. If you have any individual needs or any concerns, or have not received an invitation to a consultation session, please contact the Transport support team through 'Ask a Question', or directly on roadreview@transport.nsw.gov.au.

    Kind regards,

    Freda

    Road Classification Review and Transfer - TfNSW support team