The Department, through Vehicle Safety Standards, regulates the first supply of all vehicles to the Australian market (i.e. when vehicles enter the Australian market). The Australian Design Rules are national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions, which all vehicles in Australia must comply with when they first enter the Australian market. The Department has, in collaboration with the National Transport Commission, drafted an Australian Design Rule (referred to as ADR90/01) for vehicles with an automated steering system. Public consultation on ADR90/01 is currently closed. More information on ADR90/01 is available at the links below:
In-service safety law
Infrastructure and transport ministers, via the biannual Infrastructure and Transport Ministers’ Meeting, are considering a national approach to regulating automated vehicles when they are commercially deployed on Australian roads. The National Transport Commission has conducted consultations on two policy papers:
- Consultation Regulation Impact Statement – In-service safety for automated vehicles
- Submissions closed in August 2019. A list of submissions is available.
- Discussion paper – A national in-service safety law for automated vehicles
- Submissions closed in December 2020. A list of submissions is available.
Infrastructure and transport ministers will consider and decide on approaches to implementation in late 2021.