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Rail safety management

The following information describes how the safety of railway operations in NSW is managed.


The key legislation governing how the safety of railway operations in NSW is managed is the Rail Safety National Law, which is enacted by:

Independent Transport Safety Regulator (ITSR)

ITSR provides advice to the NSW Parliament through the Minister for Transport on the safe management of railway operations in the State.

ITSR carries out a range of regulatory compliance and enforcement activities as the NSW Branch Office of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).

Transport for NSW (TfNSW)

TfNSW is the State Government's integrated transport authority responsible for the delivery of safe, reliable, clean and efficient public transport services in NSW.

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Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)

The ONRSR enforces national rail safety laws and promotes the improvement of safety management in the railway industry. There is a current Service Level Agreement between ONRSR and ITSR to facilitate this in NSW.

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Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

The ATSB is Australia's national transport safety investigator tasked with improving safety in the rail, maritime and aviation industries by investigating incidents and accidents to identify issues and encourage actions to reduce the risk of those events happening again.

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Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI)

OTSI investigates rail, bus and ferry safety occurrences in NSW. It conducts rail investigations in NSW on behalf of the ATSB.

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