Safe railways for Australia

Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)


Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) support ONRSR’s work with other agencies by recognising the roles of parties and facilitating coordination to improve regulatory efficiency and effectiveness.

ONRSR has MoUs in place with international regulators, workplace safety authorities, Police, dangerous goods regulators, technical regulators, safety investigators and other national bodies.

International rail safety regulators

ONRSR’s MoU with the United Arab Emirates’ Federal Transport Agency encourages collaboration and information-sharing in the pursuit of safe railways and high quality safety regulation.

Workplace safety authorities

ONRSR has MoUs with workplace safety authorities in the Commonwealth (ComCare), Australian Capital Territory (WorkSafe ACT), New South Wales (SafeWork NSW), Northern Territory (NT WorkSafe), South Australia (SafeWork SA), Tasmania (WorkSafe Tasmania), Victoria (Worksafe Victoria) and Western Australia (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety).

These MoUs promote a collaborative approach to the administration of rail safety and WHS regulation. The joint goals of ONRSR and the workplace safety authorities are to improve communication and reduce duplication and influence a reduction in the quantity and severity of safety incidents.

Police

ONRSR enters into MoUs with Police forces around Australia to facilitate cooperation in relation to cross operational issues, particularly in relation to incidents between rail and road vehicles and serious rail accidents. At the present time, ONRSR has MoUs with the Queensland Police Service, South Australian Police, Victoria Police and the Western Australian Police.

The joint goals of ONRSR and Police are to improve communication and collaboration on rail safety issues, ensure confirmatory drug & alcohol testing is undertaken and effective coordination of responses when an incident occurs.

Dangerous goods regulators

ONRSR has MoUs with State and Territory dangerous goods regulators (Competent Authorities). These are the NSW Environment Protection Authority, SafeWork NSW, NT WorkSafe, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, SafeWork SA, WorkSafe Tasmania, Worksafe Victoria and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA).

These MoUs promote a collaborative approach to the regulation of the safe transport of dangerous goods by rail. The joint goals of ONRSR and the Competent Authorities are to improve communication and reduce duplication and influence a reduction in the quantity and severity of safety incidents.

Other MoUs

ONRSR has also entered into MoUs or other co-operative arrangements with the technical regulator in the ACT (Utilities Regulator), the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Office of the Chief Investigator, Transport Safety (Victoria) and with the National Transport Commission.

These MoUs facilitate co-operation in recognition of the shared interests of parties in relation to policy development, rail regulation and investigation.

For further information or any questions relating to ONRSR’s MOUs, please contact ONRSR on contact@onrsr.com.au.