Safe railways for Australia

Monthly returns


Accredited rail transport operators are required to report certain activity data to ONRSR via monthly returns.

Monthly returns provide information on activity undertaken under the operator’s Notice of Accreditation, including:

  • length of track over which the infrastructure manager has effective management and control (that is, track kilometres)
  • number of kilometres travelled by trains, including passenger, freight, and self- propelled infrastructure maintenance vehicles (that is, train kilometres)
  • number of journeys made by passengers on trains (urban and non-urban)
  • number and type of drug and alcohol tests conducted, the class of rail safety work undertaken, and positive results and refusals
  • the number of employees engaged to undertake rail safety work, as on the last working day of the month.

This data is used to monitor trends and safety implications, and for the calculation of annual accreditation fees.

Monthly returns information can now be provided by accredited operators via the ONRSR Portal. The ONRSR Portal is accessed via the ONRSR Portal link on the ONRSR homepage or from here.

Operators that are accredited to operate in more than one state / territory will see a separate Monthly Return tab that is required to be completed for each state /territory.

Monthly return information can be provided to ONRSR via the Portal and must be submitted by the 21st day of the month following the reported month.

From 1 July 2017, Annual Returns are not required.

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Last updated: 15 June 2017