Australian Design Rule Development Program and Public Comment

The development of the ADRs continues as part of a program which includes amendments to existing ADRs, introduction of new ADRs, as well as a full review of existing ADRs where possible every ten years.

A number of changes to ADRs will be considered in the future including those detailed in the Safe Vehicles section of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011 to 2020.

Public comment on draft ADR amendments, draft new ADRs and draft reviews of existing ADRs is an important part of the process.

The following is provided for comment.

Preliminary Consideration of the Adoption of Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) for Motorcycles

In line with action item 16c of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 and action item 7 of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2015–17, the Department will shortly prepare a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for the adoption of ABS for new motorcycles in Australia.  In May 2014, the Department in partnership with VicRoads commissioned research into the effectiveness of ABS on motorcycles towards reducing road trauma in Australia. In October 2015, Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) published the results of that research:

Evaluation of the effectiveness of ABS and CBS technologies on motorcycle safety in Australia. Fildes et al. 2015.

The Department is providing a discussion paper to invite preliminary comment on the research and its context. This will help to draw out relevant issues to shape the RIS. The RIS process itself will be subject to public comment before any decision is made by the Government. At that time, calls for feedback will be advertised through national publications as well as through standing consultative groups for the ADRs and vehicle safety.

Adoption of Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) for motorcycles in Australia—Discussion paper PDF: 1481 KB ReadSpeaker.

Submissions should be emailed to:

The closing date for submissions will be 26 February 2016.

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act), for the purpose of preliminary public consultation in relation to the adoption of anti-lock braking systems (ABS) for motorcycles.

The Department may use this information to inform future decision-making with regard to regulating the fitment of motorcycle ABS through the Australian Design Rules.

Your personal information will be stored securely by the Department. It may be used by the Department to make further contact with you about the consultation process. If you do not provide the information requested the Department may not be able to respond to your submission. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the Department's website or in the Government's response, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including author name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless 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 should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • 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; or
  • where required by law.

The Department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

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. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495.


Last Updated: 24 December, 2015