Friday, October 18, 2019

Changes to the NSW drug and alcohol identity card issuing process

Following consultation with NSW rail transport operators (RTOs) and third party testing service providers, ONRSR is introducing changes to the NSW drug and alcohol identity card issuing process.

Prior to the establishment of ONRSR, rail transport operators and third party providers in NSW issued their own authorised person identity cards. We are now reverting back to this model.

There will be a phased implementation approach from December 2019 to March 2020 to provide flexibility in setting up card issue and management processes. The implementation date for each month is as follows:

  • Monday 9 December 2019
  • Monday 13 January 2020
  • Monday 10 February 2020
  • Monday 9 March 2020

RTOs and third party providers are asked to advise ONRSR via email at by Friday 8 November 2019 of:

  1. the month in which to transition
  2. their sub-delegates (up to three positions) for appointing authorised persons

ONRSR has taken consultation feedback on board and developed a Fact Sheet which contains information on the implementation process - available for viewing here.

Current identity cards will remain valid until they expire, or if a person ceases to be authorised. These ONRSR-issued identity cards must be returned to ONRSR upon expiration.

Should you require any further information, please contact Melissa Radke (Senior Manager, Safety Policy & Improvement) via phone on 0429 044 436 or email at

Last updated: Sep 13, 2021, 3:58:16 PM