The Importance of Road Marking Standards in Australia

White markings on an asphalt road surface, Image by CJJ Services

The importance of following road markings goes beyond road maintenance. They are high priority road safety installations that reduce accidents and carnage for motorists and pedestrians alike.

Australia has its own set of standards in delineation that are made up of guidance systems in the form of painted road markings to help motorists travel safely from point A to point B. Proper execution of delineation not only on the road but also in school properties, parking spaces, and warehouses plays a major role in establishing safety at all times.


In this article, we have enumerated some basic road marking standards that are followed in Australia:

  • Fixing road markings to meet the Australian road safety standards has excellent potential to save lives. The use of the latest road marking technologies means safer roads for motorists.
  • An important element of road markings is its reflective feature. Excellent reflective quality of the paint used in road markings greatly assist in safe driving at night.
  • It is important to fix road markings due to our ageing population. Australia is experiencing a rise in older drivers with less than perfect visual acuity and capabilities. With this in mind, it is important to ensure that painted lines on roads, parking spaces, and other driving areas are properly installed..


What are the types of road marking common in Australian roads and highways?

  • Painted arrows tell motorists convey clear direction on which to take by traffic in each lane.
  • Dividing lines tells you that you can cross any type of dividing line when turning right at an intersection.
  • Broken white diving lines means that a lane may be crossed to overtake if the road ahead is clear of vehicles.
  • Double white unbroken or continuous lines means that you cannot overtake or cross these lines.
  • Edge lines are road marking lines used to keep traffic soft road edges and are also used to breakdown lanes.

To learn more about road marking standards in Australia or if you wish to request a quote for our road marking services, simply reach us on 0411 581 642 or 0403 282 984 today.