Safe railways for Australia

National Rail Safety Data Strategy

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 set that is readily available to stakeholders to inform rail safety decisions.

Following extensive consultation, a national data set has been agreed and is now, along with the required changes to the RSNL Regulations, progressing to Transport Ministers for their consideration.


A number of supporting documents have been developed to clarify this proposed national approach and to give stakeholders an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the proposed changes.  These documents are:

Consideration of the proposed changes by Ministers is scheduled for December 2021 and if approved the target commencement date for the new arrangements is 1 July 2022.

Current data reporting requirements must continue to be complied with until a new regulation is put in place.

ONRSR will continue to keep stakeholders informed as this work progresses.

If you have any questions in relation to the content of the supporting documents, please contact:

For other enquiries, please contact:

  • Julie Bullas, Executive Director – Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Simon Bourke, General Manager – Policy and Government Relations

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Last updated: 20 September 2021