Director’s update - December 2018

11 December 2018

Jodie Talone image

I’d like to bring you up-to-date on:

  • Rail Safety Victoria’s key regulatory achievements
  • The Annual Rail Forum
  • The current situation with the local/Victorian rail legislation transition to national legislation, regulated by ONRSR.

Recently Rail Safety Victoria (RSV) published a report on our key regulatory achievements for local rail safety over the last two years, alongside those of the other branches of Transport Safety Victoria.

The Annual Rail Forum held in Melbourne on 5 June 2018, was attended by over 38 representatives from both our national and local rail industry.

Results of a forum attendee survey were positive and indicated a need and willingness to continue this event in 2019.

The survey results indicated:

  • 80% of the forum topics were rated as very useful
  • Many survey respondents loved hearing about industry lessons from MTM and its experiences as a result of an incident at Laverton
  • 50% rated ONRSR industry updates as the most useful of the topics
  • More than 50% of respondents found value in the networking lunch and suggested it should be longer
  • Respondents see value in having more of their staff attend from their own organisations
  • Respondents would like to learn more about Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and the Melbourne office’s involvement in the national work.

Our next Rail Forum (Local and National operators) is scheduled for 25 June 2019, 9.30am -1.30pm in the Level 5 Theatrette, 121 Exhibition St, Melbourne. In response to popular request, operators will be able to bring other personnel from their organisations and we will extend the timing by an hour. If anyone would like to share any of their lessons as a presenter or would like a specific topic covered please let me know as soon as possible.

As many of you are no doubt aware, the Service Level Agreement (SLA) between TSV and ONRSR is still in place, and that in March 2018 the Victorian Government announced that a policy decision was made to remove the SLA and transition to a direct delivery model whereby all operators (including light rail) still accredited under Victorian legislation will come under Rail Safety National Law (RSNL). In effect, this will mean that all rail transport operators currently accredited under local/Victorian rail legislation will transition to national legislation, regulated by ONRSR.

In order for this to take effect, legislative amendments are required and these will be addressed as soon as possible. It is therefore, at this stage, not possible to set a date for the transition in 2019 and we will keep you informed of progress.

As with all previous transition from jurisdictions to ONRSR, information sessions will be held for those operators not previously regulated by ONRSR. A transition period will apply for transitioning operators to ensure they are compliant with any requirements under the national legislation that are not requirements under their current legislation. ONRSR’s guideline for Duty holders on transition to the RSNL contains useful information.

In the interim, we are here to answer any of your questions at any stage throughout the process.

Please contact your known representative, or reach out to RSV at:

T: 1800 223 022
W: Online contact form

Happy holidays to you all, as we look forward to a safe 2019.

Jodie Talone
Director, Rail Safety

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