Audits are programmed as part of ONRSR’s work program or may be triggered in response to a specific safety incident or emerging safety issue.
Accredited RTOs, contractors and other RSNL duty-holders are all subject to regulatory oversight under the RSNL, which ONRSR typically undertakes through audits, inspections, site visits and meetings with operators.
Audits of accredited and registered RTOs are a proactive measure and a key activity of ONRSR to:
The frequency and extent of audits are determined through a risk-based approach, using available rail safety data, intelligence, and inspection and investigation findings.
While typically directed towards accredited RTOs, contractors and other RSNL duty-holders may also be subject to audits.
Audits are conducted by rail safety officers, one of which will be identified as the lead officer who will manage the audit and will be identified as ONRSR’s primary contact for the RTO.
Rail safety officers will continue to monitor the RTO’s progress in addressing the corrective actions and this may include seeking updates or conducting additional compliance monitoring activities.
When conducting an audit, ONRSR reserves the right to undertake appropriate enforcement action at any time in response to the issue(s) identified. In circumstances where a significant issue is detected, or there is an immediate risk to safety, a rail safety officer may choose to:
An RTO, or other party, that is being audited is expected to:
RTOs have the right to see the identity card showing the appointment of the rail safety officer who is conducting an audit under the RSNL.
RTOs will be provided with a Preliminary Audit Report and will be able to make comments in writing on any factual inaccuracies within the document. Comments must not seek to influence or change the report and supporting evidence will need to be provided to support any amendments that may be suggested.