Safe railways for Australia

Interface agreements

The purpose of the interface coordination provisions of the Rail Safety National Law is to ensure that rail transport operators and road managers identify risks to safety arising from rail or road crossings, determine measures to manage – so far as is reasonably practicable – those risks and seek to enter into interface agreements to manage the risks.

An interface agreement is a formal written agreement between the parties involved detailing relevant measures for the ongoing management of the risks to safety associated with rail or road crossings throughout their lifecycle.

Rail or road crossings include:

  • level crossings or any area where a footpath crosses a railway or tram tracks at substantially the same level
  • a bridge carrying a road over a railway
  • a bridge carrying a railway over a road.

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Last updated: 20 June 2018