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Implementing our Plan

Connected and Automated Vehicles Plan

Implementing our Plan


NSW is 'Open for Business'

Given the rapid pace of change in CAV technologies and wider transport innovation, this CAV Plan will be kept under review to ensure it remains current. It will be refreshed as needed - initially in 2020 - so it keeps pace with the latest CAV developments and opportunities.

Transport for NSW will implement the actions set out in this CAV Plan, in collaboration with relevant government and industry partners, experts and stakeholders. We will continue to engage customers and the community on CAVs as we progress the plan to help us shape the future of transport in NSW.

We will also continue to collaborate with our partners to identify investment opportunities and leverage funding for trials, infrastructure and services that deliver the greatest benefit to the community.

Successfully harnessing the benefits of CAVs will require a collaborative approach across government, industry, academia and the innovation community.

The NSW Government recognises the need to be prepared for connectivity and automation and welcomes investment into new and emerging technologies. We have already partnered on a number of trials and want to continue that approach - working with leading industry and researchers to undertake testing and trials of CAVs and related services, to better understand their requirements and their implications for our transport and road network, and better engage with customers on what these technologies will mean for them.

We are always keen to hear from communities, businesses, innovators, and researchers about how to apply new and emerging technologies to improve transport.


Smart Innovation Centre

If you want to operate a CAV in NSW, the primary pathway is through the Smart Innovation Centre - Transport for NSW’s one stop shop for CAV trials. The Centre can facilitate and guide you through the process to gain approval under relevant legislation to get your CAV on the road.

The Centre is NSW’s hub for collaborative research and trial of safe and efficient emerging transport technology and periodically requests Expressions of Interest for trials that address key transport challenges.

We are always open to new ideas and partnerships, and if you are interested in collaborating with us, please email:

Information on CAV-related research activities at Transport for NSW is also available at the Research Hub, which provides information on current research priorities and is an initial engagement point for developing research projects that reflect these priorities.

Through the Future Transport Technology program, Transport for NSW also runs Innovation Challenges, Pitchfests and Hackathons on specific problems to be solved. In addition, the Transport Digital Accelerator facilitates collaboration between public and private sectors, connecting teams from the NSW Transport cluster with industry, researchers, entrepreneurs and startups in the digital space. You can get involved with the Future Transport Technology program at:

You can also sign up for the Transport for NSW Industry newsletter and the Freight Industry newsletter for updates on upcoming projects and industry engagement opportunities. If you would like to find out more about how to engage with us, please email:

In addition, the NSW Department of Industry offers several programs to drive innovation and collaboration in NSW to support emerging industry growth, including:

  • Jobs for NSW which provides financial support to startups and emerging and fast-growth small to medium enterprises
  • Boosting Business Innovation Program which gives small businesses access to research organisations to build strong local business communities and stimulate economic growth in metropolitan and regional areas
  • TechVouchers which connects NSW small to medium enterprises to experts, working in partnership on innovative joint research projects, and providing access to high tech instruments and facilities. 

Further detail on these programs and how to get involved can be found here:

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