Safe railways for Australia

National priorities


Click below for industry safety performance data related to ONRSR's current national priority areas.

What are the national priorities?

Track worker safety

Count of occurrences


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016(1) Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017 Jul – Dec 2017(2)
Track work procedure / rule breach 184 172 184 219 255

Details of scope and methods
(1) WA data is from January 2016 onwards
(2) QLD data is from July 2017 onwards

Occurrence rate (per thousand track km)


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016(1) Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017 Jul – Dec 2017(2)
Track work procedure / rule breach 8.054 5.029 5.369 6.367 5.774

Details of scope and methods
(1) WA data is from January 2016 onwards
(2) QLD data is from July 2017 onwards

Road rail vehicle (RRV) safety

Count of occurrences


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016(1) Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017 Jul – Dec 2017(2)
Total relating to RRV safety 40 62 61 69 91

Details of scope and methods
(1) WA data is from January 2016 onwards
(2) QLD data is from July 2017 onwards

Occurrence rate (per million maintenance vehicle km)


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016(1) Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017 Jul – Dec 2017(2)
Total relating to RRV safety 45.419 42.338 40.565 42.982 53.033

Details of scope and methods
(1) WA data is from January 2016 onwards
(2) QLD data is from July 2017 onwards

Level crossing safety

Count of occurrences


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016(1) Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017 Jul – Dec 2017(2)
Railway crossing collisions 18 12 16 14 24
Between train & road vehicle 16 10 14 13 22
Between train & road vehicle at public crossing 14 10 13 11 19
Between train & road vehicle at private crossing 2 0 1 2 3
Between train & person 2 2 2 1 2
Between train & person at public crossing    2 2 2 1 2
Between train & person at private crossing 0 0 0 0 0
Railway crossing near misses 289 339 368 361 561
Between train & road vehicle 144 170 177 178 313
Between train & road vehicle at public crossing 130 157 161 160 292
Between train & road vehicle at private crossing 14 13 16 18 17
Between train & person 145 169 191 183 248
Between train & person at public crossing 144 168 189 183 243
Between train & person at private crossing 1 1 2 0 5
Railway crossing equipment failures/defects* 105 69 106 104 96
Category 1 (highest risk) 17 19 13 11 16
Category 2 26 10 40 19 19
Category 3 (lowest risk) 62 40 53 74 61
Total 412 420 490 479 681

* Please refer to scope and methods for detailed description of each category criteria for railway crossing equipment failures/defects
(1) WA data is from January 2016 onwards
(2) QLD data is from July 2017 onwards

Occurrence rate (per thousand track km)


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016(1) Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017 Jul – Dec 2017(2)
Railway crossing collisions
Collisions per thousand railway crossings
1.863 0.934 1.245 1.089 1.422
Between train & road vehicle
Collisions per thousand road crossings
2.107 0.957 1.340 1.244 1.569
Between train & road vehicle at public crossing
Collisions per thousand public road crossings
3.247 1.730 2.249 1.903 2.492
Between train & road vehicle at private crossing
Collisions per thousand private road crossings
0.610 0.000 0.214 0.429 0.469
Between train & person
Collisions per thousand pedestrian crossings
0.967 0.831 0.831 0.415 0.702
Between train & person at public crossing
Collisions per thousand public pedestrian crossings
1.069 0.910 0.910 0.455 0.762
Between train & person at private crossing
Collisions per thousand private pedestrian crossings
0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Railway crossing near misses
Near misses per thousand railway crossings
29.914 26.373 28.629 28.085 33.250
Between train & road vehicle
Near misses per thousand road crossings
18.967 16.273 16.943 17.038 22.324
Between train & road vehicle at public crossing
Near misses per thousand public road crossings
30.148 27.158 27.850 27.677 38.295
Between train & road vehicle at private crossing
Near misses per thousand private road crossings
4.268 2.786 3.429 3.858 2.658
Between train & person
Near misses per thousand pedestrian crossings
70.082 70.212 79.352 76.028 86.987
Between train & person at public crossing
Near misses per thousand pubic pedestrian crossings
76.964 76.468 86.026 83.295 92.642
Between train & person at private crossing
Near misses per thousand private pedestrian crossings
5.051 4.762 9.524 0.000 21.930
Railway crossing equipment failures/defects*
Failures/defects per thousand active railway crossings
47.662 24.134 37.076 36.376 24.710
Category 1 (highest risk)
Failures/defects per thousand active railway crossings
7.717 6.646 4.547 3.847 4.118
Category 2
Failures/defects per thousand active railway crossings
11.802 3.498 13.991 6.646 4.891
Category 3 (lowest risk)
Failures/defects per thousand active railway crossings
28.143 13.991 18.538 25.883 15.701
Total
Occurrences per thousand railway crossings
42.646 32.675 38.120 37.265 40.363

* Please refer to scope and methods for detailed description of each category criteria for railway crossing equipment failures/defects
(1) WA data is from January 2016 onwards
(2) QLD data is from July 2017 onwards

Tourist and heritage sector, safety management capability

Count of occurrences


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016(1) Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017 Jul – Dec 2017(2)
Running line derailments
 
2 4 3 6 5
Running line collisions between trains or with rolling stock
 
0 1 0 0 0
Railway crossing collisions
 
1 0 1 2 1
Railway crossing near misses
 
9 13 15 19 30
SPADs
 
1 3 3 1 1
Total 13 21 22 28 37

Details of scope and methods
(1) WA data is from January 2016 onwards
(2) QLD data is from July 2017 onwards

Occurrence rate


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016(1) Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017 Jul – Dec 2017(2)
Running line derailments
Derailments per million total T&H train kilometres
17.848 27.631 21.704 42.222 24.115
Running line collisions between trains or with rolling stock
Collisions per million total T&H train kilometres
0.000 6.908 0.000 0.000 0.000
Railway crossing collisions
Collisions per thousand T&H managed crossings
3.937 0.000 3.546 7.092 1.996
Railway crossing near misses
Near misses per thousand T&H managed crossings
35.433 46.099 53.191 67.376 59.880
SPADs
SPADs per million total T&H train kilometres
8.924 20.723 21.704 7.037 4.823
Total
Occurrences per million total T&H train kilometres
116.010 145.063 159.160 197.035 178.452

Details of scope and methods
(1) WA data is from January 2016 onwards
(2) QLD data is from July 2017 onwards