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.
The primary objectives of ONRSR are to encourage and enforce safe railway operations and to promote and improve national rail safety.
ONRSR was established in July 2012 and commenced operations on 20 January 2013.
ONRSR has responsibility for regulatory oversight of rail safety in the jurisdictions of South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Northern Territory, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia.
Subject to the passage of applied or mirror legislation, it is expected that Queensland will also be regulated by ONRSR.
It refers to ONRSR’s goals as set out in its Corporate Plan, which are to:
To achieve these goals, ONRSR aims to maintain and improve rail safety through consistent risk-based application of the law across jurisdictions, sharing and improving regulatory practice and developing strong stakeholder relationships and engagement.
Commencement with ONRSR
Joined ONRSR on 20 January 2013
Joined ONRSR on 19 May 2014
Australian Capital Territory
Joined ONRSR on 20 November 2014
Joined ONRSR on 2 November 2015
Scheduled to join on 30 June 2017, subject to the passage of legislation