Director's update: Transition to national regulator

29 June 2018

Jodie Talone image

I committed to providing the rail industry with updates on the status of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) between Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).

I am pleased to advise that, at a Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials’ Committee meeting in March 2018, the Victorian Government announced that a policy decision has been made to remove the SLA and transition to a direct delivery model. This means that all rail safety regulation will be undertaken by ONRSR rather than some operators working under Local Legislation with TSV and others working under National Legislation with ONRSR.

Details and timeframes will be discussed further over the coming months. This is the final piece of the puzzle for ONRSR to be a truly national regulator of all railways across the country.

Victorian Rail Operations Forum

We held our second Victorian Rail Operations Forum on 5 June 2018, with 38 attendees from across industry.

The forum agenda covered topics including:

  • Engineering standards
  • ONRSR and TSV updates
  • Shared learnings from recent incidents
  • Victorian Rule Books.

The yearly forum is a great opportunity to get together with fellow operators within our industry to discuss matters of interest and gain greater understanding of the broader picture. An online survey to all participants via Survey Monkey has been emailed to all participants and will remain open until Friday 6 July 2018, so if you attended please log in and complete the survey so that we can gain further feedback on ‘where to next’ for our 2019 Rail Forum.

TSV continues to have a visible presence with our operators providing education and advice through our regulatory activities. We have an increased focus on risk based compliance activities, both announced and unannounced, to assist in the improvement of safety within rail operations.

In late 2018/2019 we will engage with industry to support improvements to operators SMS to enable a smooth transition to ONRSR.

Jodie Talone
Director, Rail Safety
Transport Safety Victoria