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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 are reviewing the submissions we received for the Safety Assurance for Automated Driving Systems Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS), which closed for consultation on Monday 9 July 2018.

Based on stakeholder feedback, we will complete a final decision RIS in the second half of 2018. A key focus of the RIS consultation is to seek further evidence to test assumptions about the costs and benefits of different safety assurance options.

The RIS will also provide an opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback on the safety criteria that should be incorporated into the safety assurance system. 


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: 13/8/2018