Safe railways for Australia

Consultation paper - National Rail Safety Data Strategy

02 Feb 2021

The National Rail Safety Data Strategy (the Strategy) is a joint project  between the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA). The  proposed data set has been developed jointly by ARA, ONRSR and industry representatives.

The Strategy and Action Plan have been developed to deliver on the vision of having a consistent, accurate, complete, valid and timely national rail safety data set that is readily available to stakeholders when making decisions relating to rail safety.  The Strategy provides an opportunity to develop a single point for reporting and a single source of truth and will also enable data to be readily available to a range of stakeholders supporting the concept of “report once use many times”.

A consultation paper developed jointly between ARA and ONRSR detailing the proposed changes to data reporting requirements, covering occurrences, monthly, ontology and safety performance reports has now been released.  Your feedback is sought on proposed changes relating to what is reported and associated timeframes.

The consultation paper reflects input received during initial consultation sessions held during the last quarter of 2020.

Click here to access the consultation paper.

Feedback should be provided via email to before closing time of 5pm (ACST) Friday 26 February 2021.  Submissions received by the closing time will inform the national rail safety data set.

If you have any questions please contact Julie Bullas, Executive Director – Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement by phone on 0400 703 228 or via or Simon Bourke, General Manager – Policy & Government Relations on 0437 176 308 or via