Terms of Reference

The Committee will inquire into the social issues relating to land-based driverless vehicles in Australia.

The inquiry will consider different types of transport (such as cars, trucks, buses and trains)-as well as different driverless options (such as directly controlled, remotely controlled and fully autonomous vehicles).

In particular, the Committee will inquire into and report on:

  1. What social issues are relevant-such as:
    • general social acceptance levels
    • passenger and non-passenger safety
    • legal responsibility and insurance
    • potential impacts on employment and different industry sectors (such as the taxi industry)
    • access and equity issues (such as increasing individual mobility for the elderly and people with disabilities)
    • potential public transport applications
  2. How each social issue is being handled- including the opportunities and challenges for each issue
  3. Recommendations to progress action on the social issues identified  

When undertaking this Inquiry the Committee should have regard to:

  • non-social aspects relating to driverless vehicles - such as regulatory status, infrastructure, technological readiness, data management and cyber security issues
  • the experience of other jurisdictions and nations
  • how Australia might best position itself to contribute to global driverless vehicle initiatives
  • the respective roles of the Australian government, the Australian Parliament, other jurisdictions and other stakeholders
  • how issues identified from this inquiry might inform work on other emerging technologies

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4114
Fax: 02 6277 2220

About this inquiry

The Committee will inquire into and report on the social issues relating to land-based driverless vehicles in Australia. Refer to the terms of reference for further information.

Past Public Hearings

21 Jun 2017: Canberra
14 Jun 2017: Canberra
31 May 2017: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Report Tabled


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