Accreditation – notification of change

11 December 2018

It is a condition of Rail Transport Operator (RTO) accreditation to provide written notification of certain things. These include decisions, events or operational changes within the scope of the RTO’s operations, as per Rail Safety (Local Operations) (Accreditation and Safety) Regulations 2018 (Vic).

Notifications can be made in writing via the Notify of a change page.

Rail Safety Victoria (RSV) utilises these notifications to monitor risk and to track the extent of management of change within the RTO operations.

If you intend to make any of the following changes, you must notify us in writing 28 days before the change is made.

  • Introduction of new or old rolling stock not currently being used;
  • Changing safety critical elements of existing rolling stock;
  • A change to the one or more classes of rolling stock used;
  • A change to the safety standard for design of rolling stock;
  • A decision to adopt a new standard for rolling stock or rail infrastructure;
  • A change to the frequency or procedures for inspection or maintenance of railway infrastructure;
  • A decision to change work scheduling practices or procedures on fatigue risk management.

If you have made any of the following changes, you must notify us in writing as soon as is reasonably practicable.

  • A decision to design, construct or commission new railway tracks or rolling stock;
  • Change of person or contact details of person who applied for accreditation;
  • A change to the operator's name, address, trading name, or registered business name.

RSV will acknowledge receipt of the notification and ensure the notification meets legislative requirements. If the change is outside the scope of accreditation and requires a variation of accreditation or raises safety concerns, RSV will contact the operator as early as possible.

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