Road Traffic Controllers manually direct road traffic and pedestrian flows on, near, or adjacent to roads during road closures or part road closures due to construction, maintenance or roadside works; public events; or emergency responses using signs and devices to ensure the safety of workers, motorists and pedestrians.

Specialisations: Events Traffic Controller.

You can work as a Road Traffic Controller without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Sets up, manages and removes temporary traffic control schemes/signs
  • Directs vehicular and pedestrian traffic around construction zones, accidents or other road disruptions; ensuring the safety of emergency response teams, construction workers and the general public.
  • Handles a Stop-Slow sign, or manages other similar traffic control signs and devices, to direct traffic.
  • Communicates with other road traffic personnel, construction workers and emergency response teams via radio, to provide and receive updates on traffic conditions.
  • Completes site checks and monitors traffic behaviour and/or flow to ensure safety is maintained at all times.
  • Takes instructions from crew leaders, foremen, managers, inspectors, auditors or officials.

All Other Miscellaneous Labourers

  • $1,224 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Road Traffic Controllers

  • 10,300 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 48% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 24% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Road Traffic Controllers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 8,000 in 2011 to 10,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Many Road Traffic Controllers work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Construction; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (48%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
  • Gender: 24% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety58.1
Construction21.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing9.6
Administrative and Support Services6.1
Other Industries4.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateRoad Traffic ControllersAll Jobs Average
NSW34.531.6
VIC19.125.6
QLD28.620.0
SA4.17.0
WA11.510.8
TAS1.12.0
NT0.61.0
ACT0.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketRoad Traffic ControllersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.8-5.05.0
20-2410.3-9.39.3
25-3418.9-22.922.9
35-4416.4-22.022.0
45-5424.3-21.621.6
55-5912.4-9.09.0
60-6410.5-6.06.0
65 and Over5.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationRoad Traffic ControllersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV27.1-21.121.1
Year 1220.4-18.118.1
Year 118.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below32.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Road Traffic Controller without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as a Road Traffic Controller.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • traffic control licence
  • forklift licence

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Employers look for Labourers who are reliable, have a good work ethic and can work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    47% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Public safety and security

    42% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. English language

    36% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Psychology

    28% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  5. Law and government

    25% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    100% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  2. Spend time standing

    96% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  3. Contact with the public

    89% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  4. Very hot or cold temperatures

    88% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  5. Exposure to contaminants

    88% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

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