Review of Guidelines for trials of automated vehicles

The Guidelines for trials of automated vehicles, a joint publication of the NTC and Austroads, were first published in 2017. In this first review, the NTC consulted with a broad cross-section of the transport community to understand the lessons learned from trials to date and how the guidelines may be updated to reflect these.

Transport ministers approved the updated guidelines in November 2020. 

Project update

Following the November 2020 meeting, Ministers directed us to do further work help with implementation of the updated guidelines. This includes facilitating the creation of best practice tools for government and industry to: 

  • improve trial application processes 
  • explore how trials can be approved across borders
  • share safety insights and data from trials.

The NTC is currently undertaking workshops with government stakeholders on this work and plan to report back to Ministers In November 2021.

We’re also developing a central, online hub which will include information and resources on how to set up Australian trials. This will launch in the second half of 2021.

Previous consultation

NTC Discussion Paper - Review of guidelines for trials of automated vehicles in Australia

Published on 12 May 2020


September 2019
November 2019
Consulting on issues
January 2020
Drafting report
May 2020
Consulting on issues
July 2020
Drafting guidelines
November 2020
Delivering recommendations to ministers
November 2020
March 2021
November 2021
Delivering advice to ministers

Contact us

Project manager Zenon Pogorzelski