ITSR oversees safety regulation for rail operations throughout New South Wales as the NSW Branch of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.
ITSR also provides independent advice and recommendations to the Minister for Transport on the safety of NSW rail operations.
Rail operations include the design, construction, operation and maintenance of rail infrastructure and rolling stock for freight or passenger services – government, commercial and heritage.
National rail safety regulation
ITSR delivers rail safety regulatory services on behalf of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) under a service level agreement.
The ONRSR commenced on 20 January 2013 and has several functions including:
- accrediting organisations to carry out rail transport operations
- conducting compliance and enforcement activities to ensure rail transport operators meet their obligations for rail safety management
- providing education, advice and training to support compliance and promote and facilitate safety improvement
- undertaking research and collecting and publishing rail safety information.
See information on:
- Forms for rail transport operators
- List of accredited rail transport operators in NSW
- Compliance and enforcement
- Safety improvement
- Reports and other rail safety publications
The following legislation is applicable in NSW:
- Rail Safety National Law (NSW) No. 82a
- Rail Safety National Law National Regulations 2012
- Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Regulation 2012.
New information about drug and alcohol (D&A) management requirements for rail transport operators has been added to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) website.
Representatives of the Australian rail industry are invited to participate in a follow-up workshop designed to improve safety associated with road/rail vehicle (RRV) operations.
The 33rd quarterly report on the implementation of the NSW Government’s response to the recommendations contained in the Final Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Waterfall Rail Accident has been released.
An important takeaway message from the recent ‘Sharing practice’ meetings was that maintenance prescribed by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is not always sufficient for managing risk.
A recent judgement in the Industrial Court of NSW should serve as a reminder to rail operators of the importance of monitoring the effectiveness of their safety management systems.