Rail safety reference material
Safety performance report guidance package
The safety performance report guidance package has been developed to assist accredited rail transport operators in preparing annual safety performance reports that comply with the Queensland Transport (Rail Safety) Act 2010.
The package includes:
National standard for health assessment of rail safety workers
A system for monitoring the health of rail safety workers has been developed by the National Transport Commission and approved by the Australian Transport Council.
This standard enables consistent application of health standards across the Australian rail industry. It aims to make the national rail system safer for everyone and to help rail workers stay fit and healthy. It reflects advances in medical knowledge, recent changes in rail operating environments and developments in privacy and anti-discrimination laws. Extensive consultation with industry, rail unions, rail safety regulators and health professionals was carried out in developing the standard.
The standard comprises two volumes and forms:
Volume one: Management systems
Volume one provides accredited rail organisations with practical guidance for implementing systems to monitor rail safety worker health and fitness.
Volume two: Assessment procedures and medical criteria
Volume two is intended for use by examining health professionals and outlines procedures for conducting assessments, as well as medical criteria for judging fitness for rail safety duty.
Tourist and Heritage Safety Management Systems Guidance Material
This guidance material has been developed by the Australian Rail Safety Regulators Panel (consists of senior representatives from all rail regulation agencies) in consultation with representatives of tourist and heritage railway operators. This material is intended to assist tourist and heritage railway operators develop safety management systems that comply with Queensland rail safety legislation, including the National Rail Safety Accreditation Package.
National Rail Safety Accreditation Package
This document has been developed by the Rail Safety Regulators Panel to provide a nationally consistent approach to rail safety accreditation. The package provides guidance to accredited rail organisations and for applicants seeking rail safety accreditation. Australian transport ministers have endorsed the package and its implementation across all Australian states and the Northern Territory. The package is provided here for you to download.
National Rail Safety Accident/Incident Reporting Requirements
The state and territory rail safety regulators have agreed on an amended set of occurrence categories and definitions to ensure national consistency in the notification and exchange of occurrence data. The Department of Transport and Main Roads implemented theNational Rail Safety Accident/Incident Reporting Requirements
on 1 July 2008.
National Railway Level Crossing Safety Strategy
The National Railway Level Crossing Safety Strategy was developed by the Rail Level Crossing Group and endorsed by the Australian Transport Council. It provides a nationally consistent approach to addressing railway level crossing issues. The strategy is summarised in a Community Information Fact Sheet
National Rail Safety Guideline – Management of Fatigue in Rail Safety Workers
The purpose of this guideline is to assist industry, workers and their representatives, regulators and other stakeholders in understanding good practice with regard to fatigue management (PDF, 334.26 KB).
Joint Investigation Protocol
This Joint Investigation Protocol outlines the processes used by the Rail Safety Regulation Branch to undertake joint investigations with accredited railway managers/operators to investigate occurrences to determine causal factors to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences. These investigations are conducted in partnership and follow a ‘no blame’ philosophy.
Roles and Accountabilities of Rail Safety Regulators and Accredited Railway Track Managers and Operators
The Roles and Accountabilities of Accreditation Authorities and Accredited Railway Track Managers and Operators provides assistance in understanding the respective roles and responsibilities of rail safety regulators, accredited railway managers and accredited railway operators in the system of rail safety management within Australia.
Interface Coordination Plan
This Interface Coordination Plan agreement outlines the responsibilities of each party, or functional area, involved in establishing an interface coordination plan.
Compliance and Enforcement Policy for Managing Rail Safety in Queensland
With the introduction of the Transport (Rail Safety) Act 2010 on 1 September 2010 the Queensland Rail Safety Compliance and Enforcement Policy has been developed to reflect the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy developed by the National Transport Commission following the finalisation of the model national Rail Safety Legislation.
The Queensland policy includes new enforcement options such as Improvement Notices, Prohibition Notices and Embargo Notices which are included in the new Queensland rail safety legislation.
This page provides information on annual levy payable by accredited railways.
Transport (Rail Safety) Act 2010
The Transport (Rail Safety) Act 2010 provides the statutory requirements for rail safety accreditation within Queensland.
Transport (Rail Safety) Regulation 2010
This Regulation provides other requirements which support the Transport (Rail Safety) Act 2010.
Transport Infrastructure Act 1994
Previous rail safety legislation.
Transport Infrastructure (Dangerous Goods by Rail) Regulation 2008
The Transport Infrastructure (Dangerous Goods by Rail) Regulation 2008 aims to reduces risk by giving effect to the standards and requirements of the Australian Dangerous Goods code. It also promotes consistency between rail and other modes of transport in relation to the transport of dangerous goods.