The Central Branch Operations Forum aims to give the Central Branch of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and representatives of the rail industry the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss South Australian, Tasmanian and the Northern Territory operational rail safety and regulation issues.
The forum typically takes place over the course of a day, with the first half of the day devoted to issues of interest and of local relevance that have been identified through the Branch Operations Reference Group (BORG, see below) or from suggestions made directly to the Central Branch office. This takes the form of presentations, panel discussions and/or interactive workshops.
After a networking lunch, the second half of the day is largely devoted to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator presenting information about national regulation activities, which includes time for questions from BOF attendees.
The forum is intended to allow attendees to:
It is intended that the BOF is held at least once a year. Other shorter forums may be held during the year if a need is identified through the BORG.
On 6 December 2016 ONRSR’s Central Branch held its third annual Branch Operations Forum. The forum was attended by 25 rail transport operators from the commercial, freight, and tourist and heritage sectors.
Peter Doggett, Executive Director, National Operations, opened the forum and updated the attendees on the New South Wales and Queensland ONRSR transition process.
A range of topics were covered over the course of the day which included an update from Derek Heneker, National Operations Change Program Director, on the 2020 Vision project and Peter Clements from the ONRSR Tasmania Office regarding railway crossings.
Industry representatives from DPTI, TasRAIL, ARTC and Bowmans gave presentations providing an insight into their organisations including overviews of planned and current projects.
A Branch Operations Reference Group (BORG) has also been established to provide information and advice to the ONRSR’s Central Branch about planning for and measuring the effectiveness of the Central Branch Operations Forum.
The BORG has a minimum of eight members, selected by the Central Branch to represent a cross-section of rail transport industry operating in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
Industry membership of the BORG is by invitation from the Central Branch Director and is currently comprised of:
Feedback and suggestions for forum discussion topics are welcome and can be provided by contacting one of the industry members or the Central Branch of the ONRSR (contact details below).
For more information contact the BORG Secretariat on (08) 8406 1580 or email@example.com
Terms of reference
Summaries of BORG meetings
Central Branch Operations Forum 2015 presentations