Automated vehicle program

Automated vehicles (AVs) have the potential to provide a range of benefits to road users and the community. But current laws do not support their use on public roads. To realise the benefits we need nationally-consistent reforms that support innovation and safety.

Our goal is a nationally consistent end-to-end regulation to support the safe deployment and operation of automated vehicles at all levels of automation in Australia. For more information download the regulatory framework for automated vehicles in Australia

Latest news

The introduction of automated vehicle technology will impact everyone who interacts with Australian roads, not just those who use AVs. So, to help to realise these benefits we’re developing laws to ensure that AVs are introduced safely. We have partnered with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts to launch a public consultation on AV safety reforms that will help inform the Australian Government’s development of a new Automated Vehicle Safety Law, as well as amendments to existing state and territory laws.

Consultation closes 11 June 2024. Learn more and have your say.

Current automated vehicle reforms

The Automated Vehicle Program Approach document outlines our current automated vehicle reform program, including purpose, work completed to date, further planned reforms and interaction with other agencies. This document will be regularly updated as work progresses.

We are working on several, parallel reforms to achieve end-to-end regulation for automated vehicles. Transport ministers have already agreed several key policy decisions, including:

  • who is legally in control
  • the development of a purpose-built national driving law
  • safety at market entry (first supply).

The federal government is currently implementing the agreed first supply recommendations from the Safety assurance system for automated vehicles project.

Our current reforms consider:

Completed work

We have completed a number of reforms as part of our program for end-to-end regulation to support the safe commercial deployment and operation of automated vehicles in Australia, including:

Other government actions to prepare for automated vehicles

The Commonwealth’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is leading the national transport technology strategy, including addressing implications on cyber security, and keeping Australia’s vehicle design rules up to date with international standards as they relate to automated vehicles.

State and territory governments are enabling trials of these vehicles under their respective laws and regulations.

Austroads is exploring the impacts of connected and automated vehicles on traffic operations such as road infrastructure.

The Commonwealth’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is leading the national transport technology strategy, including addressing implications on cyber security, and keeping Australia’s vehicle design rules up to date with international standards as they relate to automated vehicles.

State and territory governments are enabling trials of these vehicles under their respective laws and regulations.

Austroads is exploring the impacts of connected and automated vehicles on traffic operations such as road infrastructure.

Trials and demonstrations

For information about automated vehicle trials and demonstrations taking place across Australia, visit the Austroads website.