ONRSR guidelines provide key information and clarification to both the rail industry and public on legislative, regulatory and technical matters associated with safe railway operations.



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Asset management Guideline
Mar 4, 2019

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (the ONRSR) has prepared this guideline to promote the ongoing safety of rail infrastructure and rolling stock assets.

Duty Holders on transition to the RSNL - Guideline
Dec 23, 2019

Guideline to provide rail transport operators and other duty holders with general guidance on transitioning from existing jurisdictional rail safety legislation to the RSNL and National Regulations.

Examples of Prescribed Incidents
Oct 26, 2021

This document provides examples of prescribed incidents for reference before reporting as a notifiable occurrence.

Fatigue Risk Management Guideline
Nov 4, 2020

This guideline has been developed to provide practical guidance to rail transport operators on how to manage the fatigue-related risks associated with rail safety work and meet the requirements of the Rail Safety National Law 2012 (RSNL).

Identifying Rail Safety Work under the RSNL Guideline
Aug 6, 2020

This rail safety worker guideline provides guidance on the term rail safety work, and outlines how RTOs can identify rail safety workers as part of their risk management processes.

Identifying Rail Safety Work under the RSNL Guideline (WA only)
Aug 4, 2020

This document provides guidance on the term rail safety work, and outlines how RTOs can identify rail safety workers as part of their risk management processes for railway operations in Western Australia.

Investigation Reports by rail transport operators Guideline
Mar 19, 2021

Outlines ONRSR’s expectations of investigation reports prepared by, or for, Australian rail operators into a rail occurrence.

Loaders and unloaders of freight Guideline
Nov 22, 2018

Guidelines to provide guidance on the requirements of the RSNL with regards to Loaders and Unloaders of freight.

Major Projects Guideline (inc Effective Control & Management of Major Projects)
Sep 23, 2020

This guideline has been produced as part of ONRSR’s obligation to promote safety improvement in the Australian railway industry.

Meaning of Duty to Ensure Safety SFAIRP Guideline
May 25, 2021

Guideline regarding the interpretation and application of the term ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’ in considering the standard that a duty holder is expected to meet under the RSNL and National Regulations.

Rail Locomotive Boilers Guideline
Apr 26, 2018

Provides rail transport operators with guidance on ONRSR’s expectations for demonstrating the safety of rail locomotive boilers. It also includes some guidance on the operation of reciprocating steam engines.

Rail resource management Guideline
Aug 8, 2018

Guidelines designed to provide information to Accredited Rail Organisations (AROs) on the process for implementing and supporting Rail Resource Management training.

Reporting Requirements for Notifiable Occurrences
Jun 20, 2019

This document sets out the legal requirements imposed on rail transport operators by the Regulator under Regulation 57(4) of the National Regulations.

Road Rail Vehicle Management and Operations Guideline
Apr 23, 2019

The purpose of this guideline is to assist Rail Transport operators (RTOs) in understanding ONRSR’s expectations for the safe operation of Road Rail Vehicles (RRVs, also known as Hi Rail or High Rail Vehicles) as part of an effective safety management system (SMS), consistent with the requirements of the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL).

Safety Management System Guideline
Apr 23, 2019

Guideline to provide accredited rail transport operators,and those seeking accreditation, with guidance on the legislative requirements for safety management and what the National Rail Safety Regulator (NRSR) looks for when assessing the safety management system, and how to prepare a safety management system that complies with the legislative requirements.

Safety performance reporting Guideline
Jul 16, 2021

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to rail transport operators on the preparation and submission of safety performance reports as required under the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL).

Template interface agreement for rail or road crossings
Jul 3, 2020

Interface Agreement template for rail or road crossings.

The ONRSR Way
Jul 1, 2020

The ONRSR Way offers regulated parties and rail safety stakeholders clarity around how ONRSR regulates rail safety across Australia.

Using the template interface agreement for rail or road crossings Guideline
Jun 20, 2019

Provides guidance to rail infrastructure managers and road managers in meeting their obligations to enter into interface agreements for rail or road crossings on public and private roads under Part 3, Division 6 of the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL).

Last updated: Aug 21, 2021, 11:31:43 AM