The National Rail Safety Data Strategy 2018 – 2022 (the strategy) has been developed as a partnership between the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR), the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and rail industry representatives to achieve a relevant, consistent and quality national rail safety data that is readily available to stakeholders to make rail safety decisions.
The strategy is an exciting opportunity for all stakeholders to re-evaluate the why, what and how of national rail safety data collection and dissemination. The critical first step will be identification and agreement of one national rail safety data set.
It is envisaged that the development of such a consolidated resource will provide not only significant administrative benefits but also and improve access to rail safety data.
ONRSR, ARA and the wider rail industry will work together over the next three years to implement the Action Plan in its entirety.
Implementation of the broader strategy, which reflects the many changes to Australia’s rail safety landscape over the last decade – including the advent of ONRSR as a national safety regulator, will most likely result in changes to Rail Safety National Law.
Any such legislative amendments will be the subject of Ministerial Council approval following widespread and timely industry consultation.