Road signs in Australia

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Signage on the M8 Western Freeway heading towards the M80 Metropolitan Ring Road in Melbourne.

Road signs in Australia are regulated by each state's government, but are standardised overall throughout the country. In 1999, the National Transport Commission, or NTC, created the first set of Rules of the Road for Australia.[1] Official road signs by standard must use the AS1744 series fonts, based on the USA's Highway Gothic typeface.

Regulatory signs[edit]

[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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Route markers[edit]

Please note that some plates have reduced due to the changing to alphanumeric plates in several states. Queensland has been partially alphanumeric, replacing all but around one metroad (because it is not applicable as M) with M roads, while New South Wales also had metroads but they were all replaced with straight alphanumeric plates along with national roads. Victoria is alphanumeric but partially alphanumeric in the metropolitan area of Melbourne.

Hazard markers[edit]

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

Roadwork signs[edit]

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

Retired signs[edit]

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.