Chaired by Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, the monthly NOC meeting, attended by all ONRSR Directors Operations as well as other key managers provides a key means of achieving national uniformity and consistency in operational matters across the country.
Held on the second Thursday of each month, the monthly gathering of these key operational decision makers at the NOC meeting presents a great opportunity whereby Directors can meet and canvas rail issues around the country.
An opportunity exists for operators to schedule a time slot (usually 30 - 45 minutes) at a NOC meeting to have an open and honest two-way conversation with key decision makers within ONRSR to present ideas and/or concerns to the group. In return, it provides an opportunity to shed light on the reasoning behind regulatory decisions made by ONRSR officers. The intention is for all parties to gain a greater appreciation of the decision making processes we all follow, and hopefully lead to a greater shared commitment to improving rail safety. Only one operator can be scheduled to appear at each NOC meeting.
As an adjunct to the monthly NOC meetings, and as part of the stakeholder engagement strategy, each ONRSR office conducts an En-gaugement Forum (previously known as Operations Forum) at various times throughout the year. While the NOC meetings are an internal ONRSR meeting, the En-gaugement Forums have been established to enable multiple operators to attend to discuss localised issues and are usually facilitated by the local Director Operations.