Director's update - July 2019

13 August 2019

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On 25 June 2019 we held our annual Victorian Rail Safety Forum in Melbourne. This was attended by approximately 70 rail industry personnel and was deemed to be a great success.

Topics presented included:

  • Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) updates
  • Rail collisions – Victoria Police
  • Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) Laverton incident re-enactment video
  • MTM playbook
  • Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)/Office of the Chief Investigator
  • A day in the life of a Transport Safety Officer.

The Service Level Agreement (SLA) between Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) and ONRSR remains in place, however since our last edition I can advise that the legislation has been prepared. We are now awaiting the legislation to be passed with a proposed date for transition to a direct delivery model of 1 October 2019. This will mean that all rail transport operators currently accredited under local/Victorian rail legislation will transition to national legislation, regulated by ONRSR on this date. Should this change we will advise our local operators accordingly.

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.

Over the past three months the Senior Rail Safety Manager, the Regulatory Operations Manager – Accreditation and I have visited local operators. We discussed their current notice of accreditation and their current rail operations in preparation for transitioning to ONRSR. This has given us valuable insights and the opportunity for open dialogue with operators who have taken the opportunity to ask questions about current and future changes.

I would like to take this opportunity to say “farewell from TSV”. You can check out the ONRSR website for ongoing news, alerts and information on rail safety. Stay safe!

PS. It’s TrackSAFE’s Rail Safety Week from 12 to 18 August.
We are very supportive of it and encourage you to get involved.