A Notification of Change is required when a change is to be made to an accredited Rail Transport Operator (RTO)'s operations that falls within the changes described in Regulation 9 of the Rail Safety National Law National Regulations 2012 and the proposed change is within the scope and nature of an RTO’s permitted railway operations, as specified in the Notice of Accreditation.
A Notification of Change is to be submitted via the ONRSR Portal.
The ONRSR Portal will automatically acknowledge receipt of a notification, which will initiate an initial review of the change by ONRSR officers to confirm that the notified change is within the scope of the RTO’s accreditation. If the proposed change is outside the scope or nature of the accreditation, the RTO will be promptly informed and will be required to submit a Variation of Accreditation.
ONRSR will examine the extent of the change, the likely impact on or change to the risks being managed by the RTO and may seek additional information regarding the management of the change, including requesting relevant risk assessments or change management plans.
RTOs are expected to follow the change management processes of their safety management system in relation to any notified change.
On expiration of the notification period under Regulation 9 or at the time the RTO has advised the change will take effect, whichever is the later, the RTO may implement the change as planned without further advice or acknowledgement from ONRSR. However, ONRSR may still request information or undertake an audit or inspection at any time post the implementation of the change as part of its compliance and enforcement activities.
If a notification of change is required but the notification period set out in Regulation 9 cannot be achieved, the RTO should contact ONRSR immediately of being aware that the notification time will not be met.
It should be noted that a change in the Australian Company Number (ACN) constitutes a change of ownership (sale or transfer) of the RTO. In this circumstance, the new owner is required to submit an application for accreditation to the ONRSR.
An RTO who is required to notify ONRSR as per a condition and / or restriction which is imposed on their Notice should do so by using the Notifying as per a Condition and / or Restriction of Accreditation, Registration or Exemption Form.