Safe railways for Australia


The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) is an independent body corporate established under the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) Act 2012.

The primary objectives of ONRSR are to:

  • encourage and enforce safe railway operations
  • promote and improve national rail safety.

ONRSR has responsibility for regulatory oversight of rail safety in every Australian state and territory.  Read a one page summary of What We Do here...

ONRSR’s corporate goals as set out in its Corporate Plan are to:

  • Enhance our risk-based approach to rail safety regulation
  • Reduce regulatory burden on industry
  • Work with industry to address national rail safety issues
  • Invest in ONRSRʼs national capability, governance and culture to drive our strategic intent

To achieve these goals, ONRSR aims to maintain and improve rail safety through consistent risk-based application of the law across jurisdictions, sharing and improving regulatory practice and developing strong stakeholder relationships and engagement.

Timeline: building a national rail safety regulator


Commencement with ONRSR

South Australia
Northern Territory
New South Wales

Joined ONRSR on 20 January 2013


Joined ONRSR on 19 May 2014

Australian Capital Territory

Joined ONRSR on 20 November 2014

Western Australia

Joined ONRSR on 2 November 2015


Joined ONRSR on 1 July 2017

Last updated: 16 October 2019