Safe railways for Australia

National Rail Safety Data Strategy


The National Rail Safety Data Strategy 2018 – 2022 (the strategy) has been developed as a partnership between the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR), the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and rail industry representatives to achieve a relevant, consistent and quality national rail safety data that is readily available to stakeholders to make rail safety decisions.

The strategy is an exciting opportunity for all stakeholders to re-evaluate the why, what and how of national rail safety data collection and dissemination.

It is envisaged that the development of such a consolidated resource will provide not only significant administrative benefits but also improve access to rail safety data.

Through late 2020 and early 2021 ONRSR and the ARA have undertaken extensive stakeholder engagement to establish the makeup of a new national rail safety data set. Following these initial discussions, a consultation paper was issued nationwide with 20 submissions received from a wide range of industry sectors.

Following a review of these stakeholder submissions refinements were incorporated to the proposed national rail safety data set and were presented at a subsequent series of industry information sessions.  A copy of the presentations from the consultation and subsequent information sessions is now available:

Further refinements to the national rail safety data set are currently being considered by the Steering Committee and the following will be provided once finalised:

  • Notifiable Occurrences Reporting requirements
  • Monthly reporting document
  • Ontology data
  • Example of an Annual Safety Report

A key step in the process to deliver a new national rail safety data set is the approval of Transport and Infrastructure Ministers and this forum will also consider the necessary legislation changes.

ONRSR, ARA and the wider rail .industry will continue working together over the next several years to implement the National Rail Safety Data Strategy Action Plan in its entirety.

Implementation of the broader strategy, which reflects the many changes to Australia’s rail safety landscape over the last decade – including the advent of ONRSR as a national safety regulator, will most likely result in changes in the way data is collected, shared and used across the rail industry to drive more informed safety decisions.

If you have any questions please contact:

  • Julie Bullas, Executive Director – Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement
    • by phone on 0400 703 228 or via Julie.bullas@onrsr.com.au; or
  • Simon Bourke, General Manager – Policy and Government Relations
    • on 0437 176 308 or via sbourke@ara.net.au.

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Last updated: 5 September 2018