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 section 265 of the Rail Safety National Law and 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.
Summary of the changes
|24 May 2021||Minor changes to regulation 37 (1a) to clarify that any document provided in accordance with section 20, or that contains any part of a train safety recording, will be exempt from being compelled under the Freedom of Information Act.||Rail Safety National Law National Regulations (Modification of FOI Act) Variation Regulations 2021*|
|1 July 2020 - Act||Changes to section 4 and 8(1)||Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Rail Safety Work) Amendment Act 2020*|
|1 July 2020 - regulations||Variable fee rates for 2020-21|
Update to the reference to the Northern Territory gazette to ensure regulation 25 remains current as changes are gazetted.
Minor change to clarify that immediate verbal reports of category A occurrences must be reported to ONRSR (current arrangement).
|Rail Safety National Law National Regulations (Fees and Other Measures) Variation Regulations 2020|
|2 December 2019||Regulation 7 (1) (e) removed (excluded Victorian railways)||RSNL National Regulations (Application of Law) Variation Regulations 2019*|
1 July 2019 – Act
1 July 2019 – Regulations
1 July 2017 – Act
1 July 2017 – Regulations
1 August 2016 – Act
1 July 2016 – Regulations
1 July 2015 - Act
1 July 2015 – Regulations
* Commencement of the changes in Western Australia is subject to a separate parliamentary process and timing. Further information will be provided when known.
These documents have been updated as a result of legislative changes. Note that documents may have been updated further since the legislation commenced.
Updated and New ONRSR documents from 1 July 2020
|Identifying rail safety work under the RSNL Guideline||Updated to reflect legislative changes to section 4 and 8 of the RSNL.|
Last updated: 11 June 2021