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Australasian New Car Assessment Program
Formation1993 (1993)
ServicesAutomotive safety assessment
Membership (2015)
23 organisations

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is a car safety performance assessment programme based in Australia and founded in 1993. ANCAP specialises in the crash testing of automobiles sold in Australia and the publishing of these results for the benefit of consumers. 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 (as of 2015) for over 515 passenger and light commercial vehicles sold in Australia and New Zealand. Vehicles are awarded an ANCAP safety rating of between one and five 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 five-star ANCAP safety rating, a vehicle must achieve the highest standards in all tests and feature advanced safety assist technologies.

In 2018, ANCAP adopted the Euro NCAP protocols, with the scoring tweaked to the local conditions. [1]

Member organisations


The average cost of producing one ANCAP rating is A$750,000 ( US$563,909.77).

In 2019–2020, 95% of all new vehicles sold were tested.

In 2023, an underwater safety test will be introduced. [2]

Comparison groups

The results are grouped into 17 increasingly demanding classes:

  • 1993–1994
  • 1995–1998
  • 1999–2000
  • 2001–2002
  • 2003–2007
  • 2008–2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018–2019
  • 2020–2022
  • 2023–2024
  • 2025+


  1. ^ "ANCAP and EuroNCAP now aligned…". Practical Motoring. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  2. ^ "ANCAP to test car underwater safety from 2023". 18 July 2022.

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