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Safety messages are published by ONRSR periodically and are designed to focus on areas of rail safety concern. Safety messages provide detail on specific safety topics, share information between the regulator and the rail industry, and identify positive steps to enhance rail safety.

  • Regulating during COVID-19 - Freight
    21 May 2020

    Regardless of the current circumstances, the principles of risk management, risk control, and active supervision continue to be a legal and critical requirement even if there is a need to perform work in different conditions.
  • Safety Message - Safety Management System Case Study - ONRSR and ASSCO
    10 February 2020

    ONRSR recently worked with the Australian Society of Section Car Operators to address an outdated safety management system and safety culture. The experience serves as an important reminder to all rail transport operators to ensure safety is always the top priority
  • Lessons Learned: ONRSR & GWA - Whyalla Runaway Incident
    20 November 2019

    This document shares findings made from a runaway incident that occurred on 31 July 2019 in Whyalla, South Australia that should be used as an input to the risk review processes for operators managing a similar operating scenario.

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Safety alerts are issued as needed to inform accredited rail transport operators and the broader rail industry of current and emerging safety issues.

  • RSA-2014-02 Thermal spraying
    3 April 2014

    This Safety Alert states a major passenger operator recently suffered an axle failure on one of its electric multiple unit fleet.

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