Ministers agree on a national approach to regulate AVs

Published: 19 Jun 2020

Australian transport ministers have agreed to work towards establishing a national approach to regulating automated vehicles (AVs) when they are commercially deployed on our roads.

Ministers agreed the approach will include a national regulator and a national law, supported by a general safety duty.

The National Transport Commission, in conjunction with Australian governments, will further develop the approach and report back to the Transport and Infrastructure Council for decisions on implementation in the first half of 2021.

Over the next 12 months, the NTC will work in partnership with Australian governments to develop the detail of the national approach, including:

  • the implementation of the approach in legislation
  • the form and powers of a national AV regulator
  • how a national AV regulator would interact with other agencies
  • how to deal with vehicle modifications.

Ministers agreed in November 2018 on the safety conditions for vehicles with automated driving systems upon entry into the market. This reform builds on that decision to ensure these vehicles continue to operate safely throughout their life on the road.

The approach ensures Australia remains a single market for vehicles, whilst supporting safety and innovation.

Thank you to the organisations and individuals who contributed to this process and we encourage you to continue to work with us on this important national reform.

For more details, you can read the NTC's decision regulation impact statement In-service safety for automated vehicles and supporting document Regulation of automated vehicles when in-service – cost-benefit analysis on the NTC website.