The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is Australasia's leading independent vehicle safety advocate. ANCAP provides consumers with transparent advice and information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different vehicle models in the most common types of crashes, as well as their ability - through technology - to avoid a crash.
Since 1993, ANCAP has published crash test results for over 500 passenger and light commercial vehicles sold in Australia and New Zealand. Vehicles are awarded an ANCAP safety rating of between 1 to 5 stars indicating the level of safety they provide in the event of a crash. The more stars, the better the vehicle performed in ANCAP tests. To achieve the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating, a vehicle must achieve the highest standards in all tests and feature advanced safety assist technologies (SAT).
ANCAP recommends 5 star rated cars. Accept nothing less.
ANCAP is committed to...
crash testing new motor vehicles and publishing the results;
informing and educating consumers on vehicle safety features and safer vehicle choices;
educating and influencing decision makers to effectively legislate and advocate for improved vehicle safety;
working with manufacturers and importers to raise the bar on safety improvements;
cooperating with international advocates to lift and align safety standards around the world; and
contributing to the safe systems approach to improving road safety: safer drivers in safer cars on safer roads.
ANCAP works in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand automobile clubs, Australian Federal, State and Territory governments, the New Zealand Government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, the Insurance Australia Group and the FIA Foundation (UK).
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The ANCAP Board is responsible for the overall direction, operations and corporate governance of ANCAP Australasia Limited.
The ANCAP Secretariat is responsible for the ongoing operation, management and development of the ANCAP test program. Our dedicated team is supported by a range of highly specialised technicians and vehicle safety experts through each of the independent test laboratories and across the ANCAP membership.
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ANCAP is one of nine New Car Assessment Programs (NCAPs), or test programs, established around the world to promote safer vehicle choices for consumers. Other test programs are located in, and cover the markets of, Europe, the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Latin America and South East Asia.
As part of the UN Decade of Action for Global Road Safety 2011-2020, the overarching body, Global NCAP, was established to enhance communication between NCAPs and share best practice and experience. In April 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a new resolution to see NCAP programs established in "all regions of the world in order to improve availability of consumer information about the safety performance of motor vehicles".
Just like ANCAP, overseas test programs perform a range of tests and assessments on new passenger vehicles however the test protocols and calculation methods used differ, catering for respective jurisdictional and environmental differences. Because of these differences, as well as differences in the specification of models sold in Australia and New Zealand compared with those sold in other markets, safety ratings from overseas test programs should be used as a guide only.
To ensure accurate and relevant safety ratings are communicated to all consumers, Global NCAP has developed a Brand Usage Protocol whereby "the logo of the local NCAP only is to be used when advertising NCAP results." The safety ratings published by other test programs cannot therefore be applied to models sold in Australia and New Zealand.
A list of test programs around the world can be found on the Global NCAP website.