• Full time permanent roles working for a national organisation
  • Regulatory Officer positions available in Sydney
  • Fantastic internal training and development program

We have several exciting opportunities for Rail Safety Officers in Sydney.

The Role - your impact and contribution

ONRSR Regulatory Officers (Rail Safety Officers) perform a key regulatory role by working closely with rail operators and their rail safety workers to undertake functions of assessing accreditation-related applications, monitoring safety performance, responding to issues and enforcing the law as required, with the aim of maintaining and improving safety. ONRSR’s Rail Safety Officers have responsibility for providing the regulatory oversight necessary to ensure rail operations in Australia are being managed safely.

If you are passionate about safe railways this role might be just what you are looking for and will include a mixture of a supportive training program, office-based and field work within active rail environments. Periodic travel will be required to various regional and metropolitan locations.

Your responsibilities

As an appointed Rail Safety Officer, using your ability to learn new skills and in accordance with our policies, procedures and business processes you will be responsible for:

  • Undertaking assigned regulatory tasks including responding to rail safety incidents, site visits, audits, inspections, enquiries, and education meetings
  • Participating and supporting the assessment of applications for accreditation and registration
  • Providing high level written reports on regulatory activities undertaken including recommendations to the Manager, Operations and General Manager
  • Assisting in the provision of technical advice on rail safety operational matters (principally application of the Rail Safety National Law)
  • Supporting rail safety initiatives by proactive monitoring of regulatory intelligence of Operators
  • Performing the function of a Duty Officer on a roster by taking telephone calls regarding rail incidents and providing limited initial responses

About you

While experience in the rail industry is highly desirable, we’re also keen to hear from you if you’ve had previous experience in a regulatory or safety role or you’re looking to be trained for a career in safety regulation. We’re looking for people who are self-motivated and with a broad range of skills including those with experience and qualifications in rail or other high-risk transport sectors.

In our diverse team, you should be comfortable demonstrating initiative and adopting a collaborative approach. You will have excellent people skills, be detail oriented, comfortable with technology and able to produce easy to understand reports.

Key to success in this role is that you:

  • Have an understanding of or a motivation to quickly learn the principles of integrated safety management systems, risk management, auditing and their application to railway operations and the Rail Safety National Law
  • Work effectively and contribute to a safe and positive team environment by participating and collaborating with others
  • Engage with and build professional relationships with operators and other key stakeholders
  • Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing including preparing quality reports to reflect a professional regulatory role
  • Are curious and comfortable conducting conversations that enable you to recognise problems, develop solutions and implement actions compatible with the expectations of ONRSR
  • Can demonstrate flexibility of approach while working as part of a team
  • Work effectively with technical enterprise systems, tools, and applications

Understand the importance of post activity review for personal and organisational growth and improvement.

Our Organisation and Culture

Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has the responsibility for regulatory oversight of rail safety throughout Australia. As an independent regulatory authority, ONRSR pursues safe railways for Australia by encouraging safe rail operations, enforcing national compliance with the Rail Safety National Law and promoting and improving rail safety across the country.

We are passionate about supporting Our People

At ONRSR we work together to deliver exceptional outcomes for Rail Safety for all Australians. Our colleagues have an impact far beyond work, and you’ll be part of a team that is contributing to enhancing safety outcomes.

  • You will be part of a $26 billion dollar industry employing over 142,000 people that is at the forefront of innovation, productivity, and world’s best practice.
  • We invest in building the capability of our people through customised learning and development programs and by growing your curiosity and experience.
  • Employee Assistance Program and Peer Support Network.
  • Mentoring for your own development and the opportunity to mentor others.
  • Extra 3 days leave with Christmas closedown for all colleagues.
  • Salary packaging of car, laptop, or tablet.

ONRSR actively encourages productive working relationships, a healthy work-life balance, workplace diversity and development of expertise. In addition, the organisation offers a commitment to learning and development, and flexible work options. Further details on the benefits of working at ONRSR can be found at: Careers @ ONRSR

What we can offer you

To start your career with us, we offer a 12-month structured Training & Development program. You will have a chance to collaborate with experienced specialists and be mentored by successful leaders as you travel to visit external sites and offices. Become part of a national team, participate in site audits, inspections and investigations and develop your skills in rail safety accreditation and safety management systems.

  • An organisation where everyone has a shared passion for our vision of safe railways for Australia
  • The opportunity to be part of an innovative team in an organisation striving to continuously improve
  • A supportive and dynamic team environment that values the work that you do and promotes a healthy work-life balance
  • Professional development in accordance with our learning and development plan

The Application Process

Want to know more?

We would like to learn more about you, so we encourage you to apply with a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and accomplishments and why you should be considered for the role along with your resume.

As part of the recruitment and selection process, you will be required to undertake a criminal history check if you are one of the preferred candidates. The results may not necessarily preclude appointment to the position.

We are always keen to hear from experienced regulatory officers in other states too. Submit your expression of interest for future opportunities via this link Careers @ ONRSR | Expressions of interest

Enquiries and Applications to: Grant Windsham – Manager, Operations

Salary: $104,846 - $130,385 p.a. + super


  • You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • Applications are sought from direct candidates only. No agencies please.
  • Application closing dates are at the discretion of ONRSR and may change without notice.
Last updated: Apr 12, 2024, 1:13:58 PM