Safe railways for Australia

Interface coordination

The purpose of the interface coordination provisions of the Rail Safety National Law is to ensure that rail transport operators and road managers identify risks to safety arising from rail or road crossings, determine measures to manage - so far as is reasonable practicable - those risks and seek to enter into interface agreements to manage the risks.

An interface agreementis a formal written agreement between the parties involved detailing relevant measures for the ongoing management of the risks to safety associated with rail or road crossings throughout their lifecycle.

Rail or road crossings include:

  • level crossings or any area where a footpath crosses a railway or tram tracks at substantially the same level
  • a bridge carrying a road over a railway
  • a bridge carrying a railway over a road.

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Last updated: 5 December 2017