Safe railways for Australia

Fact sheets

The ONRSR publishes fact sheets for the rail industry and public on specific rail safety issues.

  • Assessment of rail safety worker competence fact sheet
    11 December 2018

    Rail transport operators must ensure that each rail safety worker, who is to perform rail safety work in relation to its railway operations, has the knowledge and skills necessary to enable the worker to carry out the work safely.
  • Changes to the Rail Safety National Law Fact Sheet 2016
    22 July 2016

    From 1 August 2016, changes to the Rail Safety National Law and National Regulations will apply. The changes were approved by Ministers in November 2015. A summary of the changes as they will apply to accredited and registered operators is provided here.
  • Duties of Rail Safety Workers fact sheet
    19 December 2018

    Rail safety is a shared responsibility and the RSNL places responsibilities, called “duties”, on certain persons,including rail safety workers and rail transport operators, to minimise risks to safety arising from their work.
  • Interface agreements fact sheet
    7 November 2017

    The Rail Safety National Law (RSNL) requires that rail transport operators (i.e. rail infrastructure managers and rolling stock operators) and road managers must enter into interface agreements to manage the risks to safety at interfaces.
  • Labour Hire under the RSNL Fact Sheet
    5 October 2018

    Workers contracted under labour hire arrangements who undertake rail safety work have duties under the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL). This includes those working on major rail construction projects. Labour hire companies also have duties to these workers under Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws.
  • Monthly Returns Fact Sheet
    24 January 2018

    This document provides guidance on the submission of monthly returns to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).
  • Notice to Conduct a s122 Investigation Fact Sheet
    1 May 2017

    This fact sheet provides information about how ONRSR can instruct a rail transport operator to undertake an investigation into an occurrence and set the terms of reference for that investigation.
  • ONRSR Drug & Alcohol Testing - Queensland
    6 February 2018

    ONRSR Fact Sheet Drug & Alcohol Testing - Queensland January 2018 This testing is in addition to the drug and alcohol testing rail transport operators undertake as part of their DAMP.
  • ONRSR Drug & Alcohol Testing - Victoria
    15 March 2018

    Information for Victorian operators on D&A testing undertaken in addition to the drug and alcohol testing rail transport operators undertake as part of their DAMP.
  • ONRSR Drug & Alcohol Testing: Proposed Introduction of Urine Testing
    5 September 2018

    The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) is progressing implementation of the outcomes of the review of drug and alcohol management as agreed by Ministers in May 2018 (subject to final legislative drafting approval) including provision for the Regulator to undertake urine testing. The following Q&A covers the key elements of the implementation of the proposed amendment to Rail Safety National Law.
  • Private Sidings fact sheet
    22 November 2018

    A private siding is a portion of railway track that is connected by points to a running line or another siding on which rolling stock can be placed clear of the running line, and is managed by a person other than the manager of the rail infrastructure that the siding connects with or has access to.
  • Scalability of Fatigue Risk Management Program Requirements
    1 March 2013

    The extent of detail and the degree of risk controls required for the various elements of the fatigue risk management program can be appropriately scaled commensurate with the rail transport operator’s assessment of the fatigue-related risks associated with its railway operations.
  • Works near or on railways and interaction with utilities fact sheet
    22 July 2016

    Any person wishing to conduct works on or near a railway must notify the relevant rail infrastructure manager before works commence, if those works threaten or are likely to threaten the safety of the railway or the operational integrity of the railway.