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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.

Watch our video: Assuring the safety of automated vehicles in Australia

Next steps

We released the Safety Assurance for Automated Driving Systems: Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) in November 2018. Ministers endorsed the outcomes of the RIS, including the approach to the safety of automated vehicles at first supply.

The Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is currently implementing the agreed first supply recommendations. We are now undertaking further work on options for the in-service safety of automated vehicles.


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 Rahila David
Last Updated: 11/4/2019