The Office of Future Transport Technology

On 4 October 2018, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, announced that an Office of Future Transport Technology would be established within the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. The Deputy Prime Minister’s media release is available here.

The Office is coordinating the Australian Government’s work to prepare for automated vehicles, working closely with state and territory transport and road agencies through the Transport and Infrastructure Council and aims to:  

  • Position Australia for the early and safe deployment of transport technology through the development of a nationally consistent policy and regulatory framework
  • Enable all Australians to experience the safety, productivity and accessibility benefits of transport technology
  • Increase understanding and awareness of the opportunities and challenges presented by transport technology
  • Support the nationally consistent uptake of transport technology, across both urban and regional areas, and in all Australian states and territories
  • Support technological developments which are interoperable to enable the broadest range of applications

The Office is focused on coordinating work to prepare for the deployment of automated vehicles in Australia – some Frequently Asked Questions are answered on this factsheet PDF: 248 KB ReadSpeaker .

Government Priorities

The National Policy Framework for Land Transport Technology outlines four roles for governments:

  • Policy leadership – providing a clear, nationally coordinated approach across different levels of government, being responsive to changes in the technological environment
  • Enabling – ensuring that the private sector is able to bring beneficial new technology to market
  • Supportive regulatory environment – ensuring that community expectations of safety, security and privacy are appropriately considered in new technology deployments
  • Investment – investing in research, development and real-world trials that benefit the entire transport network customer base or provide a sound basis for government decision-making (including collaboration with the private sector).

The Office of Future Transport Technology leads and coordinates Australian Government work to prepare Australia for emerging transport technology. This work includes:

  • leading policy development within the Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development portfolio on automated vehicles and Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems. This work intersects with a number of key areas across the portfolio, with regard to infrastructure readiness, vehicle safety, network impacts, accessibility and disability standards, and future implications for urban and regional Australia
  • collaborating with other Australian Government agencies on cross portfolio issues, which include cyber security, critical infrastructure resilience and consumer and competition
  • supporting the Transport and Infrastructure Council through implementation of the National Policy Framework for Land Transport Technology, in collaboration with the National Transport Commission, Austroads, and the through a dedicated national working group with the states and territories
  • enabling industry innovation by removing regulatory barriers where appropriate and supporting research, trials, investment and commercialisation
  • engaging with the community to understand expectations and communicate opportunities.

For more information on this work, or the work of the office, please contact automatedvehicles@infrastructure.gov.au

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Last Updated: 21 August, 2019