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The Australian Road Rules form the basis of Road Rules of each Australian state and territory.

The Australian Road Rules

The Australian Road Rules (ARRs) contain the basic rules of the road for motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians, passengers and others. 

The NTC reviews the Australian Road Rules every two years.


The Rules were first approved in 1999 by the former Australian Transport Council (now the Transport and Infrastructure Council). The Council consists of the ministers responsible for road traffic matters in each state and territory, and of the Commonwealth Minister responsible for transport matters.

These are model laws that have no legal effect. They form the basis of Road Rules of each Australian state and territory. For the most part, each state and territory has copied the Rules into their own laws, however, not every provision of the Rules has been copied exactly in each state and territory. Also, there are a number of provisions in the Rules that specifically leave certain matters to state and territory governments to determine.

To find out what rules apply in your state or territory or to obtain a copy, contact your state or territory road transport agency

Find a copy

An official consolidation of the Australian Road Rules is available via the following link.

The current consolidation of the Rules contains amendments made to the Rules up to and including November 2017.

Last Updated: 15/11/2018