The National Telematics Framework provides a nationally-agreed, sustainable environment to support the current and emerging needs of government, industry sectors and end-users.
The Framework is premised on the concept of a core, nationally agreed environment which transcends traditional policy areas of government, industry sectors and end-users and provides a critical intersection between public and private interests by:
- Providing a central point of reference for the deployment of telematics and related intelligent technologies in Australia
- Enabling the market to develop and deliver optimal technical, commercial and operational outcomes
- Ensuring public purpose outcomes are delivered through the use of telematics and related intelligent technologies by aligning policy and end-user intent.
This means that ‘bottom-up’ solutions are not needed to respond to policy challenges and/or opportunities, allowing policy makers to focus on outcomes, rather than technology inputs.
Government endorsement of the National Telematics Framework
The foundations of the National Telematics Framework were established by Australian Governments between 2005 and 2008, when decisions were made about the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) – and future applications of telematics driven by the policy needs of government – to enable a sustainable approach to the use of telematics and related intelligent technologies in Australia.
In May 2008 the ATC recognised the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) as “a preferred compliance and vehicle management solution that jurisdictions consider a positive approach to timers long applications where it could assist improving safety, transport services and asset management with respect to heavy vehicle applications, including bus services."
In November 2008, the ATC called for the development of an Australian performance-based specification for electronic heavy vehicle speed and driver fatigue systems, enhancing the use of in-vehicle telematics and adding value to the Intelligent Access Program (IAP).
The ATC's intention to enhance the use of in-vehicle telematics, and add value to the IAP 'applications', underscores the use of the National Telematics Framework by Australian Governments.
Specifically, the National Telematics Framework adopts the principles of the first telematics application administered by TCA (the IAP) on behalf of Australian Governments:
- A multi-application, multi-provider operating model
- Performance-based functional and technical specifications
- An independent, national certifier and auditor of telematics systems and services
- A deliberate separation between technology and policy
- A framework of define roles and responsibilities of participants and stakeholders.
The National Telematics Framework has been recognised by the International Standards Organization (ISO 15638), with TCA’s work in deploying operational applications through the Framework considered a world’s best practice approach to facilitate the sustainable use of telematics and related intelligent technologies.
The Framework provides a nationally-agreed, sustainable environment to support the current and emerging needs of government, industry sectors and end-users, and supports the principles of the Policy Framework for Intelligent Transport Systems in Australia.