Event Traffic Marshal Scheme
If you are planning a special event that involves a temporary lane or road closure, the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ (TMR) Special Event Traffic Marshal scheme allows volunteers to conduct limited traffic control activities in situations where accredited Traffic Controllers may not be required for basic and low risk traffic duties.
Prior to the scheme being introduced, volunteers could not legally control traffic. Event Marshals could only direct pedestrians at an event as directed by an accredited Traffic Controller, TMR or acting under the direction of police officers.
Now, the scheme allows appropriately trained volunteers to act as Event Traffic Marshals (ETM) in low speed, low traffic environments to support special events in a safe way.
When can an ETM be used instead of an accredited Traffic Controller?
ETMs are only authorised to undertake basic and low risk traffic duties at permitted special events where a risk assessment has been conducted by an accredited Traffic Management Designer and outlined in a Traffic Guidance Scheme (TGS).
As a general rule, events being held on road/s that meet the following traffic environment criteria are eligible to be considered for review by a Traffic Management Designer:
- a speed limit/environment of 60 km/h or less
- no more than 200 vehicles per hour (highest volume during event in progress)
- maximum of one lane for each direction of traffic (ETMs cannot undertake stop/go)
- not at a signalised intersection
- no railway crossing within closed area.
If your special event does not meet the traffic environment criteria, or if a Traffic Management Designer does not approve the use of ETMs, you instead must use accredited Traffic Controllers. You can find a list of accredited Traffic Management organisations on the TMR website.
How to apply to Council to use ETMs at your event
If your special event meets the ETM traffic environment criteria, you will need to request a Traffic Management Designer to complete a TGS, that includes a risk assessment and traffic management plan for your event. You can find a list of qualified traffic management designers on the TMR website.
You will then need to follow Council’s temporary lane or road closure application process, where you will upload required documentation including your event TGS as completed by your Traffic Management Designer.
For more information on Council’s temporary lane or road closure application process, phone Council's Congestion Reduction Unit, Temporary Road Closure Team, on 3403 9769.
How to apply to become an ETM
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer ETM, visit the TMR website and follow the application steps.
To learn more about TMR’s ETM Scheme, how to become an ETM and event organiser responsibilities, visit the TMR website and download their resources.
TMR resources for event organisers:
- Special Event Traffic Marshal Scheme Overview fact sheet - includes scheme background, benefits, ETM requirements, and the difference between ETMs and accredited traffic controllers
- Information for Traffic Management Designers fact sheet - includes road environments where ETMs can be used and an example TGS
- Information for event organisers fact sheet - includes event organiser and ETM responsibilities, equipment and additional resources.
TMR resources for ETMs:
- How to become an ETM at a Special Event fact sheet – includes criteria for becoming an ETM, required documentation and duties
- ETM Special Event approved procedure - includes roles and responsibilities, competency criteria, clothing and equipment, and operation instructions
- ETM pre-assessment material – to be read before completing the assessment questions
- ETM assessment – includes 20 assessment questions to be completed and submitted to TMR
- Notice of engagement form – issued by an event organiser to an ETM to be signed by both parties and submitted to TMR.
The above resources are not owned by Brisbane City Council, and are subject to change at TMR’s discretion. Visit TMR’s website for full details and updates.