Safe railways for Australia

Cost recovery

Cost recovery model review 

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has recently undertaken consultation on the outcomes of its review of the cost recovery model (including the introduction of a Major Projects Fee) used to fund rail regulation in Australia. Stakeholder feedback has been positive and constructive. ONRSR is reflecting this feedback in the paper to be tabled for consideration by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in November 2016. 

Want to know more?

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Julie Bullas at or (08) 8406 1550 or Melissa Radke via or 0429 044 436.


From July 2013, the Rail Safety National Law defines a cost recovery mechanism involving continuance of State or Territory funding, an industry fixed fee for each accreditation held, and a variable fee based on operational activities.

The calculation and rates for annual fees are available in the National Regulations and are updated annually.

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Last updated: 26 August 2016