Safe railways for Australia

Amendments to legislation


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

Changes to the regulations are made by the South Australian Governor and published on the NSW Legislative website, in accordance with Part 6A of the Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW).

Links to the current Act and regulations as they apply in each state/territory are on our Legislation page.

Commencement date

Summary of the changes

Detailed bill

1 July 2017 – Act

Changes to the Rail Safety National Law (2017)

Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Miscellaneous No 3) Amendment Bill 2017*

1 July 2017 – Regulations

Rail Safety National Law National Regulations Variation Regulations 2016*

Rail Safety National Law National Regulations (Queensland Fatigue Provisions) Variation Regulations 2017)*

Rail Safety National Law National Regulations (Fees and Returns) Variation Regulations 2017

1 August 2016 – Act

Changes to the Rail Safety National Law (2016)

Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Miscellaneous No 2) Amendment Bill 2016*

1 July 2016 – Regulations

Rail Safety National Law National Regulations (Fees) Variation Regulations 2016

Rail Safety National Law National Regulations Variation Regulations 2016

1 July 2015 - Act

Changes to the Rail Safety National Law (2014)

Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2015*

1 July 2015 – Regulations

Rail Safety National Law National Regulations (Fees) Variation Regulations 2015

Rail Safety National Law National Regulations Variation Regulations 2015

*Note that commencement of the changes in Western Australia is subject to a separate parliamentary process and the timing. Further information will be provided when known.

Updated documents

These documents have been updated as a result of legislative changes. Note that documents may have been updated further since the legislation commenced.

Updated ONRSR documents from 1 July 2017

Monthly Return Form

Updated with the requirement to report the number of employees engaged to undertake rail safety work. Operators are expected to use the new form in submitting their July 2017 return.

Note the Annual Return is no longer required.

Monthly Returns Fact Sheet

Includes additional information on reporting rail safety worker numbers.

Fees Policy

Updated to reflect changes to the cost recovery model.
About the Cost Recovery Model Fact Sheet

Information on how accreditation fees are set under the revised cost recovery model.

This fact sheet replaces two previous fact sheets (Cost Recovery Model: Annual Accreditation Fee Setting for a State or Territory (Example) and Development of Annual Accreditation Fees)

Major Project Fees Fact SheetInformation on the major project fees introduced.
Exemptions from the Rail Safety National Law PolicyUpdated with the ability to surrender an exemption.
Private Siding Registration PolicyUpdated to clarify that a single siding can be surrendered from a registration.
Fatigue Risk Management in NSW Fact SheetUpdated to include reference to exemptions.  
Fatigue Risk Management in Queensland Fact SheetSummary of the requirements in Queensland.

Updated ONRSR documents from 1 August 2016

Application of the AQF to Rail Safety Worker Competence Assessment Policy

Reference to AQTF has been removed

Assessment of Rail Safety Worker Competence Fact Sheet

Reference to AQTF has been removed

Works Near or on Railways and Interaction with Utilities Fact Sheet

The ability for a RIM to provide written advice has been included

Updated ONRSR documents from 1 July 2015

Monthly Return Form

Includes new requirements to report positive results and the number of workers who refuse to undertake a test. The form has been re-arranged and instructions incorporated into each relevant section. Operators are expected to use the new form in submitting their July 2015 data.

Notifiable Occurrence Form

Under ‘alcohol and drug irregularity’ new checkboxes have been added to report positive results and the number of workers who refuse to undertake a test.

Periodic Monthly Return Fact Sheet

Updated for consistency with the requirements and the monthly return form.

Fees Policy (current until 30 June 2017)


Private Siding Registration Policy


Annual Activity Statement Guideline


Annual Activity Statement Form

Registered persons should use the new form when submitting their next annual activity statement.

Internal documents have also been updated. Consistent with the changes, rail transport operators may now be issued with a notice under section 168A to produce documents. For further information please contact us here.