Automated vehicle safety reforms

Along with the National Transport Commission, we are seeking your input on automated vehicle safety reforms to help shape the future of transportation in Australia.

Why we want your input

Automated vehicle technology is advancing rapidly and is likely to fundamentally change road transport. Safety is important for all road users and we want your input to ensure that future legislation aligns with the needs and expectations of industry and the community.

How you can voice your opinion

Written submissions can be lodged on the National Transport Commission’s website. Clicking the ‘Have your say’ button at the bottom of this page will take you there.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at avregulation@infrastructure.gov.au or the National Transport Commission at automatedvehicles@ntc.gov.au.


What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your feedback will help to shape future automated vehicle laws and regulations, and support the Australian Government’s reforms to enable the safe use of automated vehicles on Australian roads.

This includes playing an important part in the development of the Automated Vehicle Safety Law and also informing changes to state and territory laws.


The Issue

Road transport in Australia is crucial to our daily life—most people travel on our roads daily using cars or buses, and freight is largely transported throughout Australia by road. Automated vehicle technology is advancing rapidly and it will impact everyone who uses our roads, not just those who use automated vehicles. Automated vehicles offer the potential to improve road safety, mobility, productivity and to reduce road congestion and environmental impacts. However, they also could also bring new safety risks.

Current laws do not allow for the use of automated vehicles on Australian public roads. Australia needs to update its regulatory frameworks for vehicles to ensure the safe operation and use of automated vehicles on public roads. The Australian Government is working to develop a new law, the Automated Vehicle Safety Law, which will be administered by a new regulator. We have been working with the National Transport Commission and state and territory governments to establish a nationally agreed regulatory framework for automated vehicles, with the Automated Vehicle Safety Law at its' centre.

The consultation materials explain the automated vehicle regulatory framework as a whole. This includes parts of the framework that the National Transport Commission consulted on in the past. The consultation also includes specific policy areas that we are seeking feedback on before we settle a way forward. The department and the National Transport Commission are now seeking your feedback by 11 June 2024.

Your feedback is crucial to ensuring the regulatory settings strike the right balance. Following consultation, we will continue to progress work on the Automated Vehicle Safety Law.

For more information and to have your say visit: http://www.ntc.gov.au/AV-safety-reform.

The consultation will be hosted on the National Transport Commission's website which users will be directed to by clicking the 'have your say' button which will be linked to http://www.ntc.gov.au/AV-safety-reform.

Participate

23 Apr 2024 09:00 AEST
11 Jun 2024 23:59 AEST
Open
days remaining 19 of 50

We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission via the National Transport Commission’s website.

Alternatively please email your completed template submission to avregulation@infrastructure.gov.au.

Privacy Collection Notice

Automated vehicle safety reforms

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts ('the department') and the National Transport Commission ('the NTC') in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

Use

The department and the NTC will use this information to inform consideration of issues associated with the proposed Automated Vehicle Safety Law and will store this information securely.

The department and the NTC will not disclose information to third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Disclosure

Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties, except

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister;
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia;
  • where necessary in the public interest; or
  • where authorised or required by law.

Contacting you

The Department and the NTC may use your contact information to make further contact with you about your submission and the consultation process.

Publication and Confidentiality

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the Department's website, the NTC's website, or in the government's public response, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including author name) will not be published.

Confidential submissions will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • to other relevant government departments or agencies (i.e. state and territory road transport departments);
  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister;
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia;
  • where necessary in the public interest; or
  • where authorised or required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you must indicate this by ensuring your submission is clearly marked confidential.

Even if a submission is not marked confidential, the Department and the NTC may choose not to publish it, or any part of it, in the Department's or the NTC's discretion (for example where it includes personal information about a third party).

Access

The department will securely store your personal information and the Department's privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. Further information is available at Privacy webpage.

The NTC will securely store your personal information. Information on how the NTC manages personal information can be found on the NTC's website.