Safe railways for Australia

National priorities


Click below for industry safety performance data related to ONRSR's current national priority areas.

What are the national priorities?

Track condition

Count of occurrences


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016 Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017
Broken rail and rail defects detected outside of maintenance inspections 138 195 168201
Misaligned track 489 376 465 269
Spread track 15 16 19 5
Total 642 587 652 475

Details of scope and methods

Occurrence rate (per thousand track km)


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016 Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017
Broken rail and rail defects detected outside of maintenance inspections 6.041 5.701 4.9035.844
Misaligned track 21.405 10.993 13.5707.821
Spread track 0.657 0.468 0.554 0.145
Total 28.102 17.162 19.02713.810

Details of scope and methods

Track work – competency and communication

Count of occurrences


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016 Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017
Track work procedure / rule breach 185 173 185 218

Details of scope and methods

Occurrence rate (per thousand track km)


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016 Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017
Track work procedure / rule breach 8.098 5.058 5.399 6.338

Details of scope and methods

Rolling stock maintenance

Count of occurrences


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016 Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017
Wheel / axle failure 4 3 3 8
Defective bearing 7 11 9 15
Total 11 14 12 23

Details of scope and methods

Occurrence rate (per million total train km)


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016 Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017
Wheel / axle failure 0.065 0.034 0.033 0.088
Defective bearing 0.113 0.126 0.100 0.165
Total 0.177 0.161 0.134 0.253

Details of scope and methods

Road rail vehicle (RRV) safety

Count of occurrences


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016 Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017
Total relating to RRV safety 40 62 61 69

Details of scope and methods

Occurrence rate (per million maintenance vehicle km)


Jul – Dec 2015 Jan – Jun 2016 Jul – Dec 2016 Jan – Jun 2017
Total relating to RRV safety 45.419 42.338 40.56542.982

Details of scope and methods