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.

The Department is currently working with state and territory transport agencies to update the policy framework and better take account of recent technological developments. Further information is available by e-mailing


Last Updated: 19 November, 2015