Department of Transport and Main Roads

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), is a department of the Queensland Government. TMR was formed in April 2009 by merging Queensland Transport and the Department of Main Roads.[1] TMR manages Queensland's 33,000 km state road network, which includes 3,100 bridges.

Department of Transport and Main Roads
Department overview
FormedApril 2009 (2009-04)
Preceding agencies
Minister responsible
Department executive
Queensland roads

TMR employs more than 10,000 people,[1] and provides customer service centres, marine operation bases and regional and divisional offices. The department works with Queensland Rail, port authorities, other state and federal government departments, local governments, industry, and the community.

Following the 2012 state election, Premier Campbell Newman appointed one Minister for the whole department. In 2015, Labor headed by Annastacia Palaszczuk won the state election. Jackie Trad was appointed Minister for Transport and Mark Bailey Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports. Bailey gained the Transport portfolio from Trad after the 2017 state election and the department once again reported to a single minister.


Because Queensland driver licences were susceptible to fraud the department initiated a smartcard driver licence project in 2003.[2][3] The project has suffered from long delays and cost overruns. The transition to the new cards commenced in late 2010, and the new cards will replace laminated licences as they come up for renewal, expected to be within 6 years.[4]

The Here For Life campaign was launched in 2009 and has been credited as being a great success in motorcycle rider safety.[5]


The current Director-General of the Department of Transport and Main Roads is Neil Scales.

Organisational structureEdit

The department is split into five operational divisions: Policy, Planning and Investment; Customer Services, Safety and Regulation; Infrastructure Management and Delivery; Corporate; Translink.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Who we are" (PDF). Department of Transport and Main Roads. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 January 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  2. ^ Queensland Smart Card Driver Licence Proposal
  3. ^ Daniel Hurst (21 June 2011). "Smartcard planning not so smart: Auditor-General". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  4. ^ About Queensland driver licences
  5. ^ Joel Whelan (6 July 2011). "Motorcyclists praise rider safety campaign". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 July 2011.

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