Have your say on new laws for automated vehicles

Automated vehicle technology is advancing rapidly and has the potential to be a real game changer for road transport, by supporting safer, more efficient road travel. 

However, current laws do not allow for the general use of automated vehicles – including automated cars, trucks and buses - on our roads. We're working on behalf of Australia's transport ministers to make the most of this technology in a safe way.

Consultation background

The National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (DITRDCA) have been working alongside state and territory governments to create a set of rules for automated vehicle safety.

The NTC consulted on this regulatory framework and in 2022 transport ministers agreed the Automated Vehicle Safety Law (AVSL) will be a Commonwealth law.

We are now translating the policies that were agreed by Ministers into legislation to manage the safe operation of automated vehicles on our public roads. 

As part of our work, we want to hear what you think about the proposed regulatory framework as a whole, including how the law should keep modifications, repairs and remote operation of automated vehicles safe, and how to make sure consumers get the information they need about automated vehicles.

The consultation also explores changes to state and territory laws, including what new road rules are required for people using automated vehicles.
 

Have your say

We've prepared a consultation paper to help you understand the proposed regulatory framework and what's been done so far, and would like to hear your thoughts on some specific questions.

Short on time?  A shorter explanatory document can be read here that summarises the longer consultation paper. 

Along with the consultation paper, we've also created 18 supporting papers. These papers dive deeper into important ideas to give you more information. 

If you’d prefer to jump straight to a specific supporting paper or area of interest, you can find them all in the Key Documents library below, or visit the web pages for specific areas of interest:

You can give your input by answering the questions in our online form or by uploading a submission in response to the consultation paper. You can choose to give feedback on as many or as few topics as you want.

If you prefer, you can also email your submission to automatedvehicles@ntc.gov.au

Submissions can be made until 11 June 2024.

More ways to get involved

Presentation and discussion (60 minutes)  

Join us online for an information session to explore the policy considerations. We’ll share more about the development of the AVSL and required changes to state and territory laws. 

To register for your preferred information session time, click on the link below. You only need to come to one. All times are AEST.

Meet the teams

You can also register an expression of interest to meet online with the NTC and DITRDCA project teams.

Supplementary community views survey

In addition to a formal submission, you may like to respond to our short, supplementary survey to help gather feedback about our community’s view of AVs. 

Survey responses will help to inform the ongoing work of the Automated Vehicle Program.

Access the survey here

Submissions

Please note, the NTC is to progressively upload submissions received following the close of consultation.

Where requested by the author, individual submissions will remain confidential.

Automated vehicle safety reforms consultation

Published on 22 Apr 2024

This consultation outlines the end-to-end regulatory framework for automated vehicles to support their safe use on Australian roads.

Closed on 11 Jun 2024
No submissions received

What is an Automated Vehicle ?

Our short video below helps explain what an automated vehicle is and what their different levels of automation mean. 

Key documents

Accessible version of our papers

A Microsoft Word document of all papers can also be accessed here.

Contact us

If you’d like to express interest in the program, or ask us a question about our work, we’d like to hear from you.

You can contact us at automatedvehicles@ntc.gov.au