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    Everything we do, every day has to be for the outcome of rail safety, that is absolutely paramount.

  • About Us

    The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) is an independent body corporate established under the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) Act 2012 - with its primary objectives being to encourage and enforce safe railway operations and promote and improve national rail safety.

  • Who we are

    ONRSR is an independent body corporate established under the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) Act 2012 .

  • ONRSR's National Priorities

    A national priority is defined as a rail safety area of regulatory focus that applies to multiple jurisdictions and operators and warrants a sustained period of regulatory attention.

  • What we do

    ONRSR has responsibility for regulatory oversight of rail safety in every Australian state and territory, to promote and improve national rail safety and ensure the safety of the community.

  • Working at ONRSR

    We are always looking for the right people who will - through their work - contribute to our vision of 'safe railways for Australia'

  • Rail Safety National Law & related legislation

    The Rail Safety National Law was passed through the South Australian Parliament on 1 May 2012 replacing 46 pieces of State, Territory and Commonwealth legislation.

  • Safety responsibilities

    The Rail Safety National Law has been developed with the principles of shared responsibility and accountability.

  • Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs)

    Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) support ONRSR’s work with other agencies by recognising the roles of parties and facilitating coordination to improve regulatory efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Privacy at ONRSR

    ONRSR is responsible for the privacy and security of information while it is collected, stored on or passing through this site.

  • Operator Essentials
  • Accreditation & registration

    The Rail Safety National Law (RSNL) requires that a rail transport operator (RTO) must apply for and be granted accreditation by ONRSR before commencing railway operations.

  • Forms and templates

    The one stop shop for all operator essential forms for applications, notifications and other templates.

  • Audits, inspections, compliance measures

    Rail transport operator compliance with their legislative obligations under the RSNL and with the terms of their accreditation and/or registration is central to rail safety.

  • Reporting requirements

    Rail transport operators have mandatory reporting obligations in relation to their operations - whether it be monthly returns, notifiable occurrences, annual activity statements or safety performance reports.

  • Safety management systems

    It is a legislative requirement of accreditation that rail transport operators (RTOs) have an appropriate safety management system (SMS) in place.

  • ONRSR portal

    The secure digital channel that facilitates the easy and reliable online exchange of all accreditation, regulatory activity and regulatory reporting data between ONRSR and regulated parties.

  • Initiate Interest to Apply for New Accreditation

    A rail transport operator (RTO) intending to seek accreditation can initiate the process by contacting ONRSR via this form.

  • Safety essentials

    Safety and safety improvement in the Australian rail transport industry is a fundamental objective of ONRSR.

  • Engineering safety management

    ONRSR encourages industry to review and consider the Engineering Safety Management (iESM) guideline and how it may be applied, particularly in relation to the delivery of major projects.

  • Human factors

    Human factors is the discipline that applies knowledge of human capabilities and limitations to the design, operation and maintenance of technological systems.

  • Rail resource management

    The rail resource management (RRM) training package kit (non-technical skills) has been developed for Australian rail safety workers.

  • Tourist & Heritage and other smaller operators

    This page provides support and guidance for Tourist & Heritage and other smaller, less-complex operators in their efforts to demonstrate compliance consistent with their specific operations.

  • Waterfall rail accident

    As of 10 March 2017 ONRSR will report on progress in implementing the NSW Government's response to recommendations contained within the Final Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Waterfall Rail Accident.

  • Publications


    Select from our collection of published reports, guidance documentation, legislation, safety messaging, videos and digital animation content - including current and historical material.

  • Annual Report

    The ONRSR Annual Report provides a detailed account of operational and corporate performance and our major achievements of the last financial year.

  • Corporate Plan

    ONRSR's corporate goals set out in its Corporate Plan ensure that the ONRSR meets its obligations under the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL).

  • Rail Safety Report

    ONRSR’s Rail Safety Report provides a national perspective of rail safety performance through the last financial year.

  • The ONRSR Way

    The ONRSR Way documents what type of regulator ONRSR is, how we operate and provides regulated parties and rail safety stakeholders general clarity around how ONRSR does business.

  • Videos and animations

    In addition to ONRSR’s regular written publications we also have video messaging and digital re-creation safety message animations available for viewing.

  • Fact Sheets

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

  • Guidelines

    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.

  • Policies

    Publicly available policies provide key headline information to industry on how ONRSR will administer the law in respect of particular subject areas.

  • National Rail Safety Register

    The National Rail Safety Registers are updated regularly with details of issue of Accreditation, Statutory Notices, Registrations or Exemptions for rail transport operators accredited to operate in the jurisdictional areas for which the National Rail Safety Regulator has responsibility.

  • National rail safety data

    ONRSR collects data from operators through notifiable occurrences, enabling us to identify safety concerns and work proactively with industry to resolve them.

  • Key occurrences

    These interactive charts offer detailed statistics relating to rail safety occurrences.

  • Industry drug and alcohol testing

    This interactive chart contains a summary of drug and alcohol testing conducted by industry.

  • National priorities data

    These interactive charts offer industry safety performance data relating to some of ONRSR's current and recent national priority areas.

  • Network statistics

    These interactive charts provide a snapshot of Australian rail network statistics.

  • Scope and methods

    Statistics (updated every six months) allowing operators to benchmark their safety performance against industry and sector averages.

  • Major rail projects

    All major railway projects will result in a requirement to either vary or obtain accreditation under the RSNL.

  • Presentations & case studies

    ONRSR endeavours to publish all its public presentations and other external case studies and papers it develops.

  • Historical resources

    Historical presentations and other papers include those published by previous state and territory regulators before commencement of ONRSR on 20 January 2013.

  • Industry information
  • CEO Industry Reference Group

    The CEO Industry Reference Group comprising heads of various industry stakeholders meet three times a year to discuss important issues and strategies.

  • National Operations Committee (NOC)

    Chaired by Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, the monthly NOC meeting, attended by all ONRSR Directors Operations as well as other key managers provides a key means of achieving national uniformity and consistency in operational matters across the country.

  • En-gaugement Forum

    En-gaugement Forums (previously known as Operations Forum) are held at various times throughout the year and aims to provide ONRSR and rail industry representatives the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss localised operational rail safety and regulation issues specific to that region.

  • Contact us
  • Variation of Accreditation

    A rail transport operator (RTO) intending to vary its current accreditation can use this form to initiate the process.

  • Notify ONRSR of changes

    From time to time, a change is to be made to an accredited rail transport operator (RTO)'s operations and on these occasions, ONRSR must be notified.

  • Initiate Interest to apply for Exemption

    An RTO intending to seek exemption can initiate the process by using this form to contact ONRSR to discuss the specified railway operations, either current or proposed.

  • Variation of Exemption

    An RTO intending to vary its current exemption can initiate the process by contacting ONRSR to discuss the intended changes to railway operations and exemption requirements.

  • Surrender of Accreditation

    An accredited RTO may apply to ONRSR to surrender its accreditation.

  • Accreditation fees

    The fees relevant to accredited rail transport operators, or those seeking accreditation, are outlined here.

  • Audits

    Audits are programmed as part of ONRSR’s work program or may be triggered in response to a specific safety incident or emerging safety issue.

  • Enforceable Voluntary Undertakings

    Enforceable Voluntary Undertakings (EVUs) are formal written undertakings from a person in relation to a contravention or alleged contravention of the law.

  • Inspections

    ONRSR 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).

  • Notices

    There are four different types of notices that may be served under the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL)

  • Site visits

    Rail safety officers undertake site visits to observe railway operations and railway premises to ensure Australia’s rail system is as safe as possible.

  • Road rail vehicles and the law

    A road rail vehicle, or RRV, is a vehicle which can operate on rail tracks and a conventional road.

  • Monthly returns

    Accredited rail transport operators are required to report certain activity data to ONRSR each month.

  • Notifiable occurrences

    A notifiable occurrence means an accident or incident associated with railway operations - either Category A, Category B or Category C.

  • Annual activity statements

    Registered rail infrastructure managers are required to submit an activity statement to ONRSR annually.

  • Safety performance reporting

    A Safety Performance Report is a requirement under Rail Safety National Law.

  • Managing fatigue

    Fatigue can be a major source of risk in a 24/7 transport industry like rail.

  • Drug and alcohol testing

    Under the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL), a rail safety worker must not carry out or attempt to carry out rail safety work while there is any presence of alcohol or a ‘prescribed drug’ in their system.

  • Variation of Registration

    A registered RIM proposing change to its operations, or the conditions or restrictions of its registration, may be required to submit a Variation to Registration if it proposes:

  • Surrender of Registration

    A Rail Infrastructure Manager (RIM) may surrender registration of its private siding.

  • Registration fees

    The fees relevant to registered rail infrastructure managers of private sidings, or those seeking registration, are outlined here.

  • Altered working arrangements

    Departures from accepted practices, in particular the reversion to dated, sometimes analogue working arrangements – often due to last minute decisions, external pressures and/or unforeseen events, are becoming widely recognised precursors to a range of incidents.

  • Level crossing safety - regional

    There are more than 23,000 level crossings in Australia many of which involve interactions between rail operations, road traffic, cyclists and pedestrians every minute of every day.

  • Contractor management

    Under the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL), safety is a shared responsibility of all stakeholders (operators, workers and ONRSR) as well as those who supply or provide services.

  • Rail safety worker competency

    With adherence to procedures and network rules so critical to safety in the industry, the competency of rail safety workers is of paramount importance. Incident analysis reveals that both a lack of worker competency and the poor management of systems designed to record qualifications and knowledge, can lead to an increased risk of hazardous events.

  • Safety messages

    Safety messages are published by ONRSR periodically and are designed to focus on specific areas of rail safety concern, to share information between the regulator and the rail industry, and to identify positive steps to enhance rail safety.

  • Safety alerts

    Safety alerts are issued as needed to inform accredited rail transport operators and the broader rail industry of current and emerging safety issues.

  • Legals
  • Freedom of Information

    Under the FOI Act, ONRSR has obligations to ensure that certain information concerning its operations is readily available.

  • Copyright & Disclaimer
  • National Rail Safety Data Strategy 2018-2022

    The National Rail Safety Data Strategy 2018 – 2022 (the Strategy) champions a single relevant, consistent and quality national rail safety data set that is readily available to stakeholders to make rail safety decisions.

  • Corporate publications

    All our corporate and public reports and information is located here.

  • Fact Sheets, Guidelines and Policies

    Fact sheets, guidelines and policies provide the rail industry and public with key information on specific rail safety issues and legislative, regulatory and technical matters associated with the administration of ONRSR.

  • Amendments to legislation

    All changes to the Rail Safety National Law Act and Regulations are approved by the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers’ Meeting, which comprises each state/territory transport Minister.

  • SMS modules for T&H (& smaller less-complex) operators

    ONRSR has developed these Safety Management System (SMS) modules to assist smaller, less-complex operators (including tourist and heritage) when developing or reviewing their SMS.

  • Example module templates

    These are examples only and use of them is up to each organisation.

  • Management of emergency working (unplanned works)

    ONRSR reminds all rail transport operators to be aware of the inherent risks associated with undertaking emergency or unplanned maintenance.

  • Safety Message: Short warning times (wheel-rail interface issues)

    ONRSR is reminding rail transport operators about a range of risks, causes and controls associated with short warning times at level crossings caused by wheel-rail interface issues.

  • Safety Message: 'A1 SPADs’ – Limit of authority missed by train crew

    Note: As a result of the National Rail Safety Data Strategy implementation, from 1 July 2022, A1 SPADs are Category A Proceed Authority Exceedances. Further information about reporting and occurrence data submission requirements can be found here


  • Safety Message - Digital recreation - Worksite protection incident recreation & learnings

    ONRSR’s first digital animation for 2021 focuses on a worksite protection occurrence and provides key learnings and advice for operators in relation to work on track.

  • Safety Message: Wabtec Air Brake System – advice to rail transport operators

    An ONRSR investigation into a recent runaway incident revealed a feature of the Wabtec air brake system that is now highlighted to rail transport operators.

  • Safety Message: Train to train collisions - risks, causes & controls

    ONRSR is reminding rail transport operators about a range of risks, causes and controls associated with train to train collisions.

  • Safety Message: Preparedness and Awareness - Know Your Operation and Kit

    The systems, machinery, hardware and software used to run rail operations are often necessarily complex, but ONRSR is becoming increasingly aware that operators are not always fully aware of the detailed operational specifications of their many and varied pieces of kit.

  • Safety Message: Track Worker Safety National Priority Project Update

    ONRSR identified track worker safety as one of its inaugural national priorities in 2016, ensuring the issue was the subject of a sustained period of regulatory attention.

  • Safety message: Digital recreation #2 - Uncontrolled wagon movement

    In this, ONRSR’s second digital re-creation, we look at the issue of uncontrolled movements and what happens when rail safety workers take shortcuts and ignore processes and protocols.

  • Safety Message: Network Controller competencies

    ONRSR is advising operators to assess competency of network controllers following an emerging trend.

  • Safety message: Emergency communications and readiness

    Training for an emergency situation is important so that it becomes routine, as much as possible.

  • Safety message: Digital recreation - Safety critical communication

    This digital recreation explores the issue of a communications breakdown that resulted in a near miss for a track worker

  • Regulating during COVID-19 - Freight

    Regardless of the current circumstances, the principles of risk management, risk control, and active supervision continue to be a legal and critical requirement even if there is a need to perform work in different conditions.

  • Safety Message - Rail Safety Officers: Powers under Rail Safety National Law

    ONRSR’s rail safety officers (RSOs) are our primary interface with accredited rail transport operators and they are based in each of our offices around the country

  • Safety Message - Safety Management System Case Study - ONRSR and ASSCO

    ONRSR recently worked with the Australian Society of Section Car Operators to address an outdated safety management system and safety culture. The experience serves as an important reminder to all rail transport operators to ensure safety is always the top priority

  • Safety Message - Load distribution for Road Rail Vehicles

    rail transport operators are reminded that wheel loads effect safe guidance of vehicles on track with excessive loads leading to damaged rolling stock components and track structures.

  • Lessons Learned: ONRSR & GWA - Whyalla Runaway Incident

    This document shares findings made from a runaway incident that occurred on 31 July 2019 in Whyalla, South Australia that should be used as an input to the risk review processes for operators managing a similar operating scenario.

  • Safety message: Passengers caught in rolling stock doors - Risks, causes and controls

    ONRSR has developed new guidance for rail transport operators about the potential causes of incidents where people get stuck in rolling stock doors. It includes information regarding the existing controls available to eliminate or minimise the risk.

  • Safety Message - Track Condition and Derailment Risk

    ONRSR is emphasising to all Rail Infrastructure Managers (RIMs) the increased risks posed by poorly maintained track following a series of recent derailments.

  • Safety Message: ONRSR Investigation Findings: Worksite Protection Incidents

    ONRSR is reminding all operators of the importance of careful planning when carrying out Track Occupancy Authority and Local Possession Authority activities.

  • Safety Message: Unsafe Loading of Coal Wagons

    This safety message is directed to coal loading operators and any other rolling stock operators responsible for loading coal into wagons.

  • Safety Message - Importance of a System Engineering Approach

    Following recent incidents and observations the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) is reminding all operators of the importance of a system engineering approach.

  • Safety Message - Rolling Stock Maintenance - November 2018
  • Safety Message: Fatigue risk management programs and enterprise bargaining agreements

    Some rail transport operators (RTO) may choose to apply arrangements from enterprise bargaining agreements to their fatigue risk management program. In this instance there are strict obligations that an RTO’s safety management system must meet.

  • Safety Message: Management of emergency working (unplanned works)

    ONRSR is reminding all rail transport operators to be aware of the inherent risks associated with undertaking emergency or unplanned maintenance.

  • Safety Message: ATSB investigation report findings on use of bio-mathematical models of human fatigue – learnings for the rail industry

    An ATSB-identified limitation of use of the bio-mathematical model FAID has relevance to the rail industry.

  • Asbestos found in imported friction wear plates in rail carriages – WA Government alert

    Asbestos has recently been found in friction wear plates in the suspension systems of rail carriages.

  • Technical Review: Wheel Failure Incidents and Other Data in the Hunter Valley: 2013–2015

    A review of the metallurgical and associated factors covering eight wheel failure incidents, issued for the benefit of like-for-like railways.

  • Technical Review: Wheel Failure Incidents and Other Data in the Hunter Valley: 2013–2015

    Sets out ONRSR's road rail vehicle (RRV) human factors observations and analyses.

  • Safety Message: Preventing unbraked runaways of permanently coupled wagons with shared braking platforms

    The ONRSR is concerned about the risk of permanently coupled pairs of freight wagons, which share a braking system, becoming uncoupled and resulting in a runaway. Rail operators are expected to reassess the risk/s associated with permanently coupled wagons and consider additional measures to mitigate these risks.

  • Safety Message: An emerging issue: 'shattered rim' wheel defects

    Australian rail operators may need to review and revise risk registers to manage the hazards associated with ‘shattered rim’ following two recent incidents, which may be indicators of a larger safety issue for the industry.

  • Safety Message: Learning lessons from international rail incidents

    Investigation reports into rail accidents overseas can provide valuable lessons learned which, when applied, may reduce the risk of these incidents occurring in Australia.

  • Safety Message: Managing the risks associated with roadrail vehicles

    The ONRSR has been working closely with the rail industry to assist in the identification and management of risks associated with the operation of Road/Rail Vehicles (RRVs).

  • Interactive diagram safety management system modules for less-complex operators

    The Module Interactive Diagram provides you with an overall view of the modules with a direct link to each - simply point and click to open the specific module you want to access.

  • Search Results
  • Presentations & Historical Resources

    ONRSR's collection of published presentations, case studies, papers and other historical resources including those published by previous state and territory regulators before commencement of the ONRSR

  • Registration of a private siding

    A Rail Infrastructure Manager (RIM) of a private siding that is, or is to be, connected to another railway or private siding must be registered for each siding it intends to manage.

  • Exemption

    ONRSR can grant exemptions to operators from the requirement to be accredited or registered.

  • Investigations

    ONRSR deploys its investigative resources in order to establish whether a breach of the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL) has occurred.

  • New smart resource a game changer for level crossing safety

    A brand new digital resource for the rail industry is set to transform the management of safety at more than 20,000 level crossings around Australia.

  • Regulator using Rail Safety Week to highlight priority issues

    ONRSR has thrown its weight behind TrackSafe’s Stand Back, Look Up, Stay Rail Safe, campaign, while also using this Rail Safety Week to highlight how its focus on a series of national rail safety priorities is helping keep Australians safe on the rail network.

  • Contractor management update - July 2021

    The contractor management national priority has been scoped to include a 4-phase approach

  • Safety Alert issued: Review of long end leading operations

    ONRSR has today issued a new Safety Alert advising rail transport operators to review the risks associated with ‘long end leading’ locomotive operations.

  • ONRSR Engauge-ment Forum #1

    In early June, ONRSR held the first of its new Engauge-ment Forums, meeting with representatives from accredited operators located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Previously badged as Branch Operations Forums (or BOFs), these face-to-face sessions are a great opportunity for industry representatives to get information most relevant to them.

  • Latest News

    Keep up with all ONRSR's news and information to the rail industry - current and earlier items located here.

  • Operations

    For assistance and enquiries

  • Local Office

    For further information contact your local office

  • ONRSR National Office

    For enquiries regarding rail operations in South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

  • Hobart
  • Sydney

    For enquiries regarding rail operations in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Media Enquiries

    Ross Stargatt
    Senior Manager, Strategic Planning and Communications

  • Best practice Track Worker Safety resource released

    ONRSR, in conjunction with the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB), has released the results of a global investigation into how world standard technology can protect track workers in the Australian rail industry.

  • Consultation paper - National Rail Safety Data Strategy

    The National Rail Safety Data Strategy (the Strategy) is a joint project between the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA). The proposed data set has been developed jointly by ARA, ONRSR and industry representatives.

  • Consultation paper - ONRSR's Cost Recovery Model

    ONRSR has been progressing the development of a national cost recovery model based on risk and regulatory effort, on behalf of Transport and Infrastructure Ministers. This model represents a significant shift from current cost recovery arrangements.

  • Safety Tools and Resources

    On this page you will find links to tools and resources on a range of topics.

  • Worksite protection

    Worksite protection in Australia relies heavily on rules and procedures to protect people undertaking rail safety work.

  • Contributing factors

    The Contributing Factors Framework was developed by the former Rail Safety Regulators’ Panel and the use of it by the rail industry is voluntary but encouraged by ONRSR.

  • UPDATE: Identifying Rail Safety Work under the RSNL Guideline

    ONRSR has updated the Identifying Rail Safety Work under the RSNL Guideline which provides guidance on the term “rail safety work”, and outlines how rail transport operators (RTO) can identify rail safety workers as part of their risk management processes.

  • Adelaide (inc. Darwin)

    For enquiries regarding rail operations in South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

  • New Control Assurance Fact Sheet

    ONRSR has produced a new industry fact sheet covering its National Priority rail safety issue of control assurance.

  • Safety Alert issued: Isolation of level crossings on adjacent lines

    ONRSR has issued a Safety Alert in response to several recent occurrences where level crossings were incorrectly isolated resulting in trains travelling through unprotected level crossings.

  • Cost recovery consultation

    ONRSR will soon be releasing a consultation paper on our proposed cost recovery model.

  • Network Control Safety Issues

    ONRSR is providing more information to rail transport operators and network controllers about the common issues we have identified across network control operations in Australia.

  • ONRSR Rail Safety Report 2019-2020

    ONRSR’s yearly account of rail safety has been released and as the first such report produced since becoming a fully national rail safety regulator, it provides the most comprehensive statistical picture of the Australian rail industry’s safety performance to date.

  • Investigations at ONRSR

    ONRSR’s ability to take a detailed and formal look at the circumstances behind a specific rail safety issue is a fundamental element of our broader role in administering Rail Safety National Law. But, exactly how does the national regulator approach investigations?

  • ONRSR Guideline - Fatigue Risk Management

    ONRSR has developed a Fatigue Risk Management Guideline to provide practical guidance to rail transport operators on how to manage the fatigue-related risks associated with rail safety work and set out ONRSR’s expectations for meeting the requirements of the RSNL.

  • ONRSR releases 2019-2020 Annual Report

    ONRSR’s Annual Report 2019–2020 is now available to download.

  • National Rail Safety Data Strategy Consultation

    ONRSR has partnered with the ARA and industry representatives to develop the National Rail Safety Data Strategy with the aim to deliver a relevant, consistent and high-quality national rail safety dataset that is readily available to stakeholders to make rail safety decisions.

  • In-cab audio and video safety recordings: Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement

    It is timely to consider the value of in-cab video and audio recordings in providing critical information about the in-cab environment in the moments leading to a rail incident on Australia’s rail network. This has been highlighted following recent fatal rail incidents and also in response to a number of ATSB investigations, where this information would help provide investigators and the rail industry with critical information that may help to prevent a similar incident from occurring again.

  • Consultations to round out 2020

    ONRSR will be using the closing months of 2020 to undertake stakeholder consultation on a range of key policy matters affecting the Australian rail industry.

  • ONRSR Major Projects Guideline review and update

    The ONRSR Major Projects Guideline is one of the most accessed of our industry resources and given the significant investments being made in major rail projects around Australia, it is more important than ever.

  • Draft Fatigue Risk Management Guideline for consultation

    ONRSR has produced a draft Fatigue Risk Management Guideline to provide practical guidance to rail transport operators on how to manage the fatigue-related risks associated with rail safety work and set out ONRSR’s expectations for meeting the requirements of the RSNL.

  • New fact sheets - Safe software and safe systems

    ONRSR has developed two new fact sheets for industry to help ensure system upgrades – be they physical or digital - are implemented as seamlessly and safely as possible.

  • Reminder: Immediate incident notification

    ONRSR is reminding operators of the requirement to verbally report Category A incidents immediately – also noting where two operators are involved, both operators must notify ONRSR.

  • Identifying rail safety work – changes from 1 July 2020

    Changes to the definitions of rail safety work in the Rail Safety National Law will take effect from 1 July 2020 (except in Western Australia). This follows the work of the National Transport Commission and agreement of State and Territory Ministers in November 2019.

  • New Fact Sheet released for Tourist & Heritage operators

    With the gradual reopening of services and operations, ONRSR has prepared a Fact Sheet providing Tourist & Heritage operators with relevant information to assist them in complying with all requirements of their safety management system (SMS) after an extended shutdown of operations.

  • Collaboration to ID best practice safety for Aussie rail workers

    Australia’s leading authorities on rail safety will join forces to identify world standard safety technology that can be deployed to protect workers on our nation’s rail networks.

  • Website updates and document withdrawal

    The ONRSR website has undergone some recent changes; including content updates of existing material and the introduction of new pages.

  • New SMS modules for T&H and smaller operators

    In response to feedback from Tourist and Heritage operators and, as part of broader stakeholder engagement, ONRSR has been working with the sector to roll out a number of initiatives to support the Tourist and Heritage sector and other smaller less-complex operators.

  • Stakeholder Survey Generates Invaluable Insights

    On a daily basis ONRSR engages with a multitude of rail safety stakeholders in carrying out its functions and pursuing its objectives under Rail Safety National Law.

  • ONRSR calls for independent track audit

    The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has called on the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to immediately commission a fully independent audit of the railway track between Sydney and Melbourne.

  • ONRSR Chief hails the decade of delivery

    ONRSR Chief Executive and National Rail Safety Regulator, Sue McCarrey has reflected on the past decade confident it will be remembered as one of the most telling periods ever for safety and efficiency in the Australian rail sector.

  • ONRSR Welcomes Productivity Commission Draft Report

    The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) will continue its pursuit of safe railways for Australia, buoyed by the key findings of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into National Transport Regulatory Reform.

  • ONRSR formalises jurisdiction in Victoria

    Responsibility for rail safety regulation in Victoria will officially transfer from Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) from December 2.

  • Changes to the NSW drug and alcohol identity card issuing process

    Following consultation with NSW rail transport operators (RTOs) and third party testing service providers, ONRSR is introducing changes to the NSW drug and alcohol identity card issuing process.

  • Release of NTC Dangerous Goods Emergency Response Guide

    If you transport dangerous goods by rail, then the following article may be of interest to you.

  • Introduction of Prescribed Incidents on 1 July 2019

    UPDATE: Please see updated information by following this link.

  • Welcome to a new www.onrsr.com.au

    All rail safety stakeholders across Australia are welcomed to ONRSR’s brand new website.

  • Safety Message – Short Warning Times (overspeed or procedural breaches)

    ONRSR is reminding rail transport operators about a range of risks, causes and controls associated with short warning times at level crossings caused by train overspeed or procedural breaches.

  • The ONRSR Way

    The ONRSR Way documents what type of regulator ONRSR is, how we operate and provides regulated parties and rail safety stakeholders general clarity around how ONRSR does business.

  • Safety Message – Rail bridges struck by road vehicles or vessels

    ONRSR is reminding rail transport operators about a range of risks, causes and controls associated road vehicles or vessels striking rail bridges.

  • Safety Message – Network Controllers and Runaways

    ONRSR is asking those rail transport operators (RTOs) – with Network Control centres – to ensure network controllers are properly trained in the event of runaway incidents.

  • Safety Alert - Fraudulent Rail Safety Worker competencies

    The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has today issued a new Safety Alert advising rail transport operators that a check and verification process has revealed that a significant number of fraudulent competencies have been uploaded into the Rail Industry Worker (RIW) program.

  • ONRSR 2020-2021 Rail Safety Report
  • Safety Message – Falls between the platform and train

    ONRSR is reminding rail transport operators about a range of risks, causes and controls associated with passenger falls between the platform and train.

  • Train Visibility Review

    A review of research, and national and international best practice in relation to train visibility – commissioned by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has been completed.

  • Train Visibility Review

    A review of research, and national and international best practice in relation to train visibility – commissioned by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has been completed.

  • In-Cab audio & video endorsed

    In late 2021, Federal and State Transport Ministers endorsed ONRSR’s policy to mandate in-cab audio and video on mainline passenger and freight trains.

  • Safety Message – Sticking brakes

    ONRSR is reminding rail transport operators about a range of risks, causes and controls associated with sticking brakes on all types of rolling stock.

  • Safety Message – Fires on passenger rolling stock

    ONRSR is reminding rail transport operators (RTOs) about a range of risks, causes and controls associated with fires and explosions on passenger rolling stock.

  • National Priorities review

    Every two years ONRSR reviews its national priorities, those areas of regulatory focus that apply to multiple jurisdictions and operators and warrant a sustained period of regulatory attention.

  • Safety Message – Fires in tunnels and underground stations

    ONRSR is reminding rail transport operators about a range of risks, causes and controls associated with fires in underground tunnels and stations (FTUGs).

  • Safety critical communication

    ONRSR incident investigations have identified poor safety critical communications as a contributing factor to an increasing number of extremely serious occurrences across all sectors of the industry, ranging from authority irregularities to conflicting train movements, runaways and near-hits.

  • Safety Message: Digital re-creation #5 - Authority gradients and safety culture on worksites

    ONRSR’s first digital incident re-creation of 2022 details what can go wrong when safety culture is eroded and safety systems are not prepared, explained and executed correctly.

  • ONRSR-RISSB: Track Worker Safety Options Report

    ONRSR, in conjunction with the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB), has released the results of a global investigation into how world standard technology can protect track workers in the Australian rail industry.

  • Updated NSW Rail Safety Regulation

    The NSW Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Regulation 2018 is being amended.

  • Safety Message – Ad hoc systems and procedures vs Safety Management Systems

    In this safety message - the first in a new series - ONRSR identifies a number of potential scenarios whereby informal or ad hoc processes and procedures can undermine a safety management system and create safety issues.

  • ONRSR prosecutes on synthetic urine sample

    ONRSR has commenced its first prosecution against a rail safety worker for attempting to provide synthetic urine when directed to provide a sample for routine drug and alcohol testing.

  • National Rail Safety Data Strategy – Go Live – 1 July 2022

    The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) are today celebrating a major milestone following the official launch of Australia’s new rail safety data reporting scheme.

  • Track Worker Safety – The Story So Far

    With oversight of rail safety across Australia, the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) deals with a myriad of safety concerns every single day - but few, if any, have drawn the national watchdog’s sustained focus like that of track worker safety.

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