Safe railways for Australia

Fact sheets


The ONRSR publishes fact sheets for the rail industry and public on specific rail safety issues.

  • Assessment of rail safety worker competence fact sheet
    11 December 2018

    Rail transport operators must ensure that each rail safety worker, who is to perform rail safety work in relation to its railway operations, has the knowledge and skills necessary to enable the worker to carry out the work safely.
  • Changes to the Rail Safety National Law 2016 Fact Sheet
    22 July 2016

    From 1 August 2016, changes to the Rail Safety National Law and National Regulations will apply. The changes were approved by Ministers in November 2015. A summary of the changes as they will apply to accredited and registered operators is provided here.
  • Duties of Rail Safety Workers fact sheet
    20 June 2019

    Rail safety workers have an important role in ensuring the safety of railway operations and carry specific legal duties under the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL).
  • Interface agreements fact sheet
    20 June 2019

    The Rail Safety National Law (RSNL) requires that rail transport operators (i.e. rail infrastructure managers and rolling stock operators) and road managers must enter into interface agreements to manage the risks to safety at interfaces.
  • Interface Agreements for Road Managers
    16 September 2019

    The Rail Safety National Law (RSNL) requires that road managers and rail infrastructure managers enter into interface agreements to manage the risks to safety at interfaces.
  • Labour Hire under the RSNL Fact Sheet
    5 October 2018

    Workers contracted under labour hire arrangements who undertake rail safety work have duties under the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL). This includes those working on major rail construction projects. Labour hire companies also have duties to these workers under Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws.
  • Monthly Returns Fact Sheet
    20 June 2019

    This document provides guidance on the submission of monthly returns to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).
  • Notice to Conduct a s122 Investigation Fact Sheet
    26 September 2019

    A s122 notice is a written notice to conduct an investigation issued under s122 of the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL). The notice is an opportunity for the rail operator to ensure its safety management system is compliant with the legislation.
  • Private Sidings fact sheet
    22 November 2018

    A private siding is a portion of railway track that is connected by points to a running line or another siding on which rolling stock can be placed clear of the running line, and is managed by a person other than the manager of the rail infrastructure that the siding connects with or has access to.
  • Scalability of Fatigue Risk Management Program Requirements
    1 March 2013

    The extent of detail and the degree of risk controls required for the various elements of the fatigue risk management program can be appropriately scaled commensurate with the rail transport operator’s assessment of the fatigue-related risks associated with its railway operations.
  • Works near or on railways and interaction with utilities fact sheet
    22 July 2016

    Any person wishing to conduct works on or near a railway must notify the relevant rail infrastructure manager before works commence, if those works threaten or are likely to threaten the safety of the railway or the operational integrity of the railway.