The statistics apply only to those railways within ONRSR’s area of operation from July 2015 to December 2017 – South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Northern Territory, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.
The current reporting period is from 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2017. Data for Western Australia is included from 1 January 2016, and data for Queensland is included from 1 July 2017. The statistics will be updated every six months, which will allow further trending and analysis over time.
The statistics cover all railway operations within the aforementioned geographic bounds, with the exception of Victoria. There are 11 railways which continue to be regulated under local Victorian law and are therefore not subject to Rail Safety National Law (RSNL). These comprise the metropolitan tram operator and 10 standalone tourist and heritage railways.
The statistics are principally based on notifiable occurrences – the initial written advice of a rail safety incident that a rail transport operator (RTO) submits to ONRSR in accordance with section 121 of the RSNL.
The statistics are based on the incident definitions of the national occurrence classification guideline, which is date dependent. For data up to and including 7 June 2017, incident definitions are based on those in the Occurrence Classification Guideline (OC-G1). For all other data, incident definitions are based on the Reporting Requirements for Notifiable Occurrences.
Statistics relating to SPADs are limited to the following categories:
Notifiable occurrences involving road rail vehicles (RRVs) exclude the categories listed in the RRVs tab.
Statistics relating to railway crossing equipment failures/defects are based on definitions specific to this website to support a more meaningful risk-based analysis of critical events and are available in the railway crossing equipment failures/defects tab.
Note that the statistics relating to tourist and heritage safety management capability are based on key occurrence categories in which a tourist and heritage rolling stock operator or rail infrastructure manager was involved, rather than those occurrences where a tourist and heritage passenger train was involved, and will therefore differ from any values listed against the subcategory of 'Tourist & heritage passenger' on the key occurrences page.
Activity data (for example, train kilometres travelled, or drug and alcohol testing undertaken by industry) is based on monthly returns supplied by RTOs in accordance with section 120(3) of the RSNL. The specific information to be provided is defined in clause 56 of the National Regulations.
Railway crossing numbers are sourced from the Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model (ALCAM).
The statistics may differ to other sources that utilise the same data and coding specifications. This will be due in part to the data collection and preparation methods used to generate the tables and charts on this website, which included identification and correction of errors in historical data. In addition, the statistics are subject to review and amendment as more information becomes available through investigation or inquiry, or as ONRSR refines its systems for data capture, validation and reporting. This may result in variation between historical and future reports.
Categories excluded from counts of notifiable occurrences involving RRVs
Railway Crossing Occurrence
Signalling And Other Proceed Authority Systems Irregularity
Slip, Trip, or Fall
Track and Civil Infrastructure Irregularity
Electrical Infrastructure Irregularity
Suspected Suicide or Attempted Suicide
Railway Network Security
Railway crossing equipment failures and defects are categorised into one of three risk levels, using the criteria defined below:
Category 1 (highest risk) – An equipment failure or defect resulting in:
Category 2 – An equipment failure or defect resulting in:
Category 3 (lowest risk) – An equipment failure or defect resulting in:
A sub-set of railway crossing equipment failures and defects reported up to and including 7 June 2017, in accordance with the Occurrence Classification Guideline (OC-G1) in place at the time, have been excluded from the data presented. These occurrences are no longer reportable under the current Reporting Requirements for Notifiable Occurrences.