|RTA Official FAQ (2007)
The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) is a New
South Wales Government agency responsible for major road
infrastructure, licensing of drivers, and registration of
motor vehicles. The RTA directly manages State roads and
provides funding to local councils for regional and local
roads. In addition, with assistance from the Federal
Government, the RTA also manages the NSW national highway
The organisation [was] the result of an
amalgamation of the Department of Main Roads (DMR),
Department of Motor Transport (DMT) and the Traffic
Authority (TA) that occurred in January 1989.
a.. Manages 4787 bridges and 17,623 km of State Roads
including 3105 km of National Highways.
b.. employs 6900 staff in more than 180 offices
throughout NSW, including 129 Motor Registries Offices.
RTA's NSW is divided up into 6 regions, and these are
described in general terms below.
a.. Sydney region encompasses the area of Sydney and the
b.. Hunter Region encompasses the Hunter Valley, Central
Coast and the southern portion of the Mid-North Coast
c.. Northern Region extends from about Taree to the QLD
border, and goes as far inland as Tamworth
d.. Southern Region encompasses the land south east of
the ACT and Wollongong/Illawarra
e.. South West Region encompasses essentially the land
west of the ACT to the SA border, extending from the
Murray up to around West Wyalong
f.. The RTA is also responsible for drivers licences in
New South Wales. Additionally the RTA has made photo
cards for identification of non-drivers.
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