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We review and maintain the Australian Road Rules (ARRs) to ensure they remain contemporary and aligned with agreed policy.

Australian Road Rules maintenance

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The Australian Road Rules (ARRs) are periodically reviewed to improve transport productivity, transport system safety and regulatory efficiency by ensuring that the ARRs remain contemporary and aligned with agreed policy.

Next steps

We commenced work on the 13th amendment package in November 2018. The consultation period for this amendment package will remain open until the 23rd of September 2019  We expect to make recommendations to ministers in November 2019. 

The 12th amendment package was approved by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in November 2017. The updated ARRs will:

  • improve consistency in rules for pedestrians and cyclists
  • clarify when to give change of direction signals
  • move load restraint obligations into the law
  • introduce nationally-consistent rules relating to motorcycle lane-filtering and approved motorcycle helmets along with other technical amendments.

The updates will apply to the Australian Road Rules model law and will need to be adopted by states and territories into their own laws to take effect.


As an independent statutory body, the NTC develops national regulatory and operational reform and implementation strategies for Australian roads. Our focus is on leading activities where we can make a real difference nationally.

In 1999, the NTC developed the first set of model road rules, forming the platform for state and territory road rules across Australia - marking a milestone in road safety policy and legislation.

Nationally consistent road rules and licensing standards makes it easier for drivers to know and understand their responsibilities, making roads safer and more efficient for everyone.

The NTC has ongoing responsibility for the maintenance of the ARRs. 

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Project Manager Robert Chamberlain
Last Updated: 23/8/2019