The Australasian New Car Assessment Program, more commonly referred to as ANCAP SAFETY, is Australia and New Zealand's independent voice on vehicle safety.

We crash test cars and conduct performance assessments on safety features and technologies then publish a simple star rating to indicate relative safety performance.

Over the last 30 years we have published independent safety ratings for thousands of new vehicle makes, models and variants. These independent safety ratings are used to compare the relative safety between vehicles of similar size and have become a critical factor in vehicle selection for private consumers and fleet buyers.


Zero deaths and serious injuries on Australian and New Zealand roads.


To protect road users in Australia and New Zealand by improving new vehicle safety.

ANCAP plays a vital role not only informing consumers of the differences in safety performance of new vehicles entering the Australian and New Zealand vehicle fleets, it also advocates for improved vehicle safety design and specification through public education campaigns, advocacy activities and engagement with governments, corporate fleets, the media and consumers.

Our Members

The work ANCAP does is supported by 21 member organisations from around Australia and New Zealand.

Australian Automobile Association
Automobile Association of the Northern Territory
Royal Automobile Association of South Australia
Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia
Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania
Royal Automobile Club of Queensland
Royal Automobile Club of Victoria
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
ACT Transport Canberra and City Services
Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
SA Department for Infrastructure and Transport
Victorian Transport Accident Commission
Tasmanian Department of State Growth
NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
The Victoria State Government Department of Transport and Planning
WA Department of Transport
WA Road Safety Commission
NZ Transport Agency
FIA Foundation

Our People

The team behind the stars

The ANCAP Board is responsible for the overall direction and corporate governance of ANCAP.

The ANCAP Staff are responsible for the ongoing operation, management and development of the ANCAP test, rating, communications and advocacy program, supported by a range of highly specialised technicians and vehicle safety experts.

Test Laboratories

Accredited facilities Australia-wide

ANCAP crash tests and safety assessments are conducted by teams of experienced engineers and technicians at a range of accredited laboratories - both in Australia and overseas, including:

APV Tech Centre, VIC
Centre for Automotive Safety Research, SA
Crashlab, NSW
Future Mobility Test and Research Facility, NSW

New Car Assessment Programs
around the world

ANCAP is one of ten 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, India and South East Asia.

Just like ANCAP, overseas NCAPs 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. Safety ratings from overseas test programs should only be used as a guide due to these differences, and the differing specification of vehicle models sold in Australia and New Zealand, compared with those sold in other markets.

To ensure accurate and relevant safety ratings are communicated to all consumers, a Brand Usage Protocol has been agreed between test programs 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.

Global NCAP
Bahrat NCAP
Latin NCAP
United States Department of Transportation