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National Policy Framework for Land Transport Technology

In August 2016, the Transport and Infrastructure Council agreed to the National Policy Framework for Land Transport Technology. The Policy Framework's objective is to support an integrated policy approach by governments to the development and adoption of emerging transport technologies, in order to improve transport safety, efficiency, sustainability and accessibility. The Policy Framework:

  • Facilitates efficient and timely uptake of transport technology to meet consumer demands and improve services;
  • Guides consistent implementation, integration and uptake of transport technology across all jurisdictions and all land transport modes;
  • Outlines government's role on issues such as regulation, standards and investment, to provide certainty to industry and community; and
  • Promotes innovation and competition through support for compatible and interoperable transport technologies and open access to transport data.

The Policy Framework takes a principles-based approach to the role of Australian governments in the deployment of transport technology. This approach allows flexibility and acknowledges that important differences between jurisdictions will impact on decision-making. The policy principles agreed to by Australian governments are:

  1. Government decision-making on transport technologies will be based on capacity to improve transport safety, efficiency, sustainability and accessibility outcomes.
  2. New technologies should be implemented in a way that is consumer centric (i.e. designed to meet the needs of those using the service). This includes consideration of:
    • options to deliver transport information and services in a way that is consistent and familiar, and
    • the diverse needs of travellers, in particular travellers with a disability, vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians, and users of multiple modes of transport.
  3. Where government investment is required to support the deployment of new technologies, that investment will be evidence based, consistent with long-term strategic planning and will deliver value for money.
  4. Where feasible, government agencies will avoid favouring particular technologies or applications, in order to encourage competition and innovation. New applications should support interoperability, backwards compatibility and data sharing, and should account for possible future transitions to other technology platforms.
  5. Planning for transport technologies will build on existing infrastructure networks (including public transport) and seek to leverage existing consumer devices (such as smart phones) where appropriate.
  6. When considering regulatory action, governments will consider low cost approaches such as collaborative agreements or self-regulation before pursuing formal regulation.
  7. If required, best practice regulatory approaches will be adopted to ensure regulation is cost efficient, transparent, proportionate to the risk, fit for purpose and done in consultation with affected stakeholders. This includes adopting relevant international or regional standards, unless there is a compelling reason for a unique Australian requirement.

A copy of the Policy Framework is available on the Transport and Infrastructure Council website.

National Land Transport Technology Action Plan

The Policy Framework is underpinned by a 3-year action plan PDF: 1278 KB ReadSpeaker which outlines national short to medium term priorities, focusing on the five key issues for Government identified in the Framework:

  • Safety, Security and Privacy
  • Digital and Physical Infrastructure
  • Data
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Disruption and Change.

This action plan is an update of the 2016–2019 version PDF: 221 KB ReadSpeaker. It will be reviewed regularly to ensure it responds to new and emerging issues.

Further information is available by emailing automatedvehicles@infrastructure.gov.au.


Last Updated: 31 March, 2020