Australian road rules maintenance

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We regularly review the Australian Road Rules (ARRs) to ensure they remain relevant and in line with agreed policy to improve road safety and transport productivity outcomes.

The Transport and Infrastructure Council approved the 12th amendment package in November 2017. The updated rules:

  • improve consistency in rules for pedestrians and cyclists
  • clarify when to give change of direction signals
  • move load restraint obligations into the law
  • introduce nationally-consistent rules relating to motorcycle lane-filtering and approved motorcycle helmets along with other technical amendments.

The updates apply to the Australian Road Rules model law. States and territories need to update their own laws for these changes to take effect. 

Next steps

We started work on the 13th amendment package in November 2018 and expect to make recommendations to ministers in November 2019.

Contact us

Project manager Robert Chamberlain