Safe railways for Australia


In addition to safety audits, the National Rail Safety Regulator may conduct inspections to assess whether a rail transport operator is in compliance with its obligations and responsibilities under the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL).

Inspections may be conducted in a range of circumstances, such as:

  • in response to a notifiable occurrence;
  • to supplement a safety audit to confirm application of systems in practice;
  • after an observation made or information received by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR); or
  • after a report based on safety concerns from a member of the public or a person in the rail industry.

An inspection may also be part of ONRSR’s ongoing activities which target areas for risk management and prevention, such as when a safety audit has brought to light specific risk factors and/or where indicated by incident trends or operator-specific issues.

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Last updated: 3 August 2020