Safe railways for Australia


Policies are written to explain the ONRSR position on a particular subject. Publically available policies are written to provide key headline information to industry on how ONRSR will administer the law in respect of particular subject areas.

  • Compliance & enforcement policy
    7 May 2018

    The purpose of this policy is to clearly articulate how the application of the compliance and enforcement measures as set out in the RSNL will be applied by the NRSR; facilitate a consistent approach to compliance and enforcement measures throughout Australia; and provide an appropriate level of transparency to regulated parties in regard to the application by the NRSR of compliance and enforcement measures.
  • Compliance audit policy
    5 April 2016

    The purpose of this policy is to provide direction to ONRSR staff, specifically RSOs, and advice to Rail Transport Operators and associated entities (such as contractors) about the purpose and conduct of rail safety audits.
  • Drug and alcohol testing policy
    20 June 2019

    The purpose of this policy is to ensure an appropriate level of transparency with regard to drug and alcohol testing of Rail Safety Workers (RSWs) by the NRSR in accordance with the RSNL.
  • Fees Policy
    20 September 2018

    Provides information on the fees payable by rail transport operators and how ONRSR will exercise its discretionary powers with respect to annual fees, waivers, refunds and payment arrangements for fees administered by ONRSR.
  • Freedom of information policy
    23 April 2013

    The purpose of this document is to guide ONRSR staff members in their obligations with respect to the FOI Act and the ONRSR’s obligations as an agency, ensure consistency of approach towards applications under the scheme and ensure that contracts containing confidential terms are adequately safeguarded from disclosure under the FOI Act.
  • Level Crossings Policy
    20 June 2019

    Sets out ONRSR’s approach and broader expectations for improving the safety of railway operations with regard to existing railway crossings and the early design of future road and rail intersections.
  • Notification of change policy
    28 November 2018

    The purpose of this policy is to provide direction to ONRSR staff and accredited operators on the requirements for a notification of change.
  • Private Siding Registration Policy
    14 June 2017

    Details the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator’s (ONRSR) approach to registration and the responsibilities and obligations of rail infrastructure managers of private sidings (registered persons) under the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL).
  • Review of decisions policy
    14 June 2016

    The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance in relation to the role and expectations of ONRSR officers in contributing to and supporting the processes by which decisions may be reviewed or appealed against.
  • Safety improvement policy
    20 December 2013

    The purpose of this policy is to support the overarching ONRSR Regulatory Approach Document and state how the ONRSR intends to implement its safety improvement functions under the RSNL consistent with the co-regulatory framework for rail safety.
  • Safety Performance Reports policy
    5 April 2016

    The purpose of this policy is to provide information on the NRSR’s stance on safety performance reports and how it intends to use the information gathered through the reports.