Safe railways for Australia

Notifiable occurrences


The Rail Safety National Law requires notifiable occurrences to be reported. A notifiable occurrence means an accident or incident associated with railway operation that has, or could have, caused significant property damage, serious injury, death or that is, or is of a class that is, prescribed by the national regulations to be a notifiable occurrence or class of notifiable occurrence.

Notifiable occurrences are categorised as follows:

  • Category A , the most serious, which must be immediately orally reported by phoning the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on 1800 011 034 and following up with a written report to the ONRSR within 72 hours
  • Category B , which must be reported to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) within 72 hours.

All written reports must be provided to the ONRSR using the prescribed form unless the ONRSR has agreed in writing that a rail transport operator may provide submissions as a digital batch submission.

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Last updated: 19 April 2016