Safe railways for Australia

Central Branch Operations Forum

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:

  • discuss compliance issues at an operator level across the Central Branch
  • have input into the ONRSR’s regulatory strategies to improve safety in the industry
  • review and contribute to safety improvement initiatives developed by the ONRSR
  • be kept informed of ONRSR-related issues that are considered through other rail industry consultative committees such as the ONRSR's CEO Industry Reference Group and the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board's Safety Managers Group.

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.

Central Branch Operations Forum 2016

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.

ONRSR presentations:

Industry presentations:

The Branch Operations Reference Group

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 members

Industry membership of the BORG is by invitation from the Central Branch Director and is currently comprised of:

  • Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited
  • Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd
  • Pacific National Pty Ltd
  • Aurizon
  • TasRAIL
  • John Holland
  • National Railway Museum
  • Bowmans Intermodal Pty Ltd
  • Great Southern Rail Limited
  • The Office of the Rail Commissioner

ONRSR members

  • Ewald Eisele – Branch Director, Central (Chairperson)

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

Related documents

Terms of reference

Read the Central Branch Operations Forum and Branch Operations Reference Group’s terms of  reference.

Summaries of BORG meetings

Central Branch Operations Forum 2015 presentations

Last updated: 20 January 2017