Road signs in Australia

Road signs in Australia are regulated by each state's government, but are standardized overall throughout the country. In 1999, the National Transport Commission, or NTC, created the first set of Rules of the Road for Australia.[1] By regulation all signs must use the Highway Gothic typeface.

Signage on the Western Freeway in Melbourne.

Regulatory signs

[2] Regulatory signs inform drivers of traffic laws and regulations. Road users must obey all instructions on regulatory signs or risk getting a fine and points deducted from their licence. Local councils may have local restrictions relating to parking times, which would be shown on or near the sign.

Warning signs

Warning signs let drivers know that road changes are coming up on the drive. These can be permanent or temporary traffic hazards and obstacles.

Guide and information signs

Guide and information signs give directions and information for scenic tourist routes and destinations such as rest stops and fuel stations. They also provide additional traffic information to guide driving.

Freeway signs

Route markers

Hazard markers

Hazard markers indicate the direction to take when approaching the obstacle or driving past the hazard. Drivers must obey these signs.

Roadwork signs

Roadwork signs to keep you informed of changing conditions and to keep road workers safe.

Retired signs

New versions of the pedestrian-related warning signs use a fluorescent green background.


  1. Rules of the Road for Australia
  2. "Regulatory signs". Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
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