Intelligent Transport Systems

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) describe technology applied to transport and infrastructure to transfer information between systems for improved safety, productivity and environmental performance. This includes stand-alone applications such as traffic management systems, information and warning systems installed in individual vehicles, as well as cooperative ITS (C-ITS) applications involving vehicle to infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

ITS systems are already in use in Australia and around the world. The technology is developing rapidly and Australian governments have combined to endorse a policy framework to ensure that ITS systems are used in the most effective way. A national ITS framework was agreed to by all states and territories at the Transport and Infrastructure Council (formerly known as the Standing Council of Transport and Infrastructure) on 4 November 2011.

A national agreement

The Policy Framework for Intelligent Transport Systems in Australia provides guidance to ensure that the technology used in each jurisdiction is compatible and is developed around a set of agreed policy principles.

The framework is intended to inform and guide:

  • government decision makers;
  • potential providers of ITS technology;
  • the ITS and road safety research community; and
  • the broader Australian community.

The framework is available on the Transport and Infrastructure Council website.


Last Updated: 22 May, 2015