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Designing a risk-based safety assurance regime that assesses the safety of applicant vehicles against agreed safety criteria.

Safety assurance system for automated vehicles

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Automated vehicles that do not require human driver input into the driving task for at least part of the journey are expected to arrive on our roads from around 2020.

Currently there is no explicit regulation covering these automated driving functions. The purpose of this project is to develop a safety assurance system to support the safe, commercial deployment and operation of automated vehicles at all levels of automation.

Next steps

In November 2017, the Transport and Infrastructure Council approved the development of a safety assurance system for automated road vehicles based on mandatory self-certification in the interim period. The policy paper provides further information and summarises the responses we received from consultation.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is working with the Commonwealth government and the states and territories to implement the safety assurance system by 2020. The next stage of work will be the development of a Regulation Impact Statement on legislative options in 2018.


In November 2016 the Transport and Infrastructure Council directed the NTC to develop a national performance-based assurance regime designed to ensure the safe operation of automated vehicles.

This will form a key component of an end-to-end regulatory framework to support the safe commercial deployment and operation of automated vehicles.

The NTC published a discussion paper, Regulatory options to assure automated vehicle safety in Australia, in June 2017. We received 26 public submissions.

For more information, see Automated vehicles in Australia.

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Project Manager James Williams
Last Updated: 13/11/2017