A road is a narrow strip of land cleared of vegetation and often improved by the importation and compaction of rock and/or other material. Roads are constructed primarily to allow vehicles to easily travel from one point to another.

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Queensland Local Government Act 2009

Section 59(2) of the Queensland Local Government Act 2009 defines a road as -

  • an area of land that is dedicated to public use as a road; or
  • an area of land that is developed for, has as one of its main uses, the driving or riding of motor vehicles; and is open to, or used by, the public; or
  • a footpath or bicycle path; or
  • a bridge, culvert, ferry, ford, punt, tunnel or viaduct.

Victorian Road Management Act 2004

Section 3 of the Victorian Road Management Act 2004 defines a road as –

  • any public highway;
  • any ancillary area;
  • any land declared to be a road under section 11 of Road Management Act 2004 or forming part of a public highway or ancillary area.

Schedule 10 of the Act lists Councils' powers over roads. These powers are listed below:


Austroads defines a road as a "link in the network which exists to carry traffic reasonably efficiently. on which severe traffic restraint is inappropriate (included 'arterials', 'main roads' and other traffic routes).

Road Classifications


The following people have indicated (via the Local Government Collaboration Topics Survey) that they have an interest and/or expertise in the topic of 'roads' and are willing to collaborate with their peers at other councils to identify challenges and resources relating to the topic and to look for ways to work together to overcome any challenges that are identified.

Related Pages

External Links & References

  1. Glossary of Austroads Terms
  2. MAV Road Definitions Page
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Rural Roads Wiki
  5. Google Search
  6. Knowledge Whittlesea
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