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Rail Safety Accreditation

A person must not carry out, or cause or permit to be carried out, railway operations unless the person is:
  • a rail transport operator that is accredited for those operations;
  • a contractor carrying out those operations on behalf of a rail transport operator that is accredited for those operations; or
  • exempt (as a private siding or has been issued with an exemption)

The requirements for gaining rail safety accreditation is detailed in the Rail Safety Act 2009 and the Rail Safety Regulations 2010.

A rail transport operator must have a Safety Management System (SMS) for railway operations carried out on or in relation to the rail transport operators rail infrastructure or rolling stock. The requirements for a SMS are detailed in the Rail Safety Act 2009 and the Rail Safety Regulations 2010. Some of the requirements include:

  • measures to manage risks to safety;
  • a security management plan;
  • an emergency management plan
  • a health and fitness management plan;
  • an alcohol and drug management plan; and
  • a fatigue management plan

For further details see the Accreditation Publications Page

Private Sidings

A Rail Infrastructure Manager of a private siding * is not required to be accredited.  However, if the private siding is to be connected with, or to have access to, a railway or siding of an accredited person, the private siding must be registered and pay an annual fee.

* A private siding is defined by the Rail Safety Act 2009 as:

"private siding means a siding that is managed, owned or controlled by a person, other than a person who manages the infrastructure with which the siding connects or to which it has access, but does not include:

(a) a marshalling yard; or
(b) a crossing loop: or
(c) a passenger terminal: or
(d) a freight terminal: or
(e) a siding, or a siding of a class, prescribed not to be a private siding"

The Rail Safety Regulations 2010 prescribe the following to not be a private siding:

(a) a siding under the control and management of an accredited rail infrastructure manager;

(b) a balloon loop used for loading or unloading trains.

For further details see the Accreditation Publications Page.