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The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) was established under the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) Act 2012.

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) was established under the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) Act 2012.

The Rail Safety National Law (RSNL) establishes the ONRSR as the body responsible for rail safety regulation in that state or territory.

The overall objectives of the ONRSR are to encourage and enforce safe operations and to promote and improve national rail safety.

Background

In December 2009 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to implement a national single rail safety regulator which would administer the Rail Safety National Law.

A draft regulatory impact statement (RIS) was presented to the ministers in November 2008 for consideration and discussion of the two options presented: retain and significantly enhance the state-based regulation of rail safety, or establish a national regulatory body.

In the final RIS, the NTC recommended establishing a single, national rail regulator as the best option for delivering improved safety outcomes, reduced regulatory burden and increased cost-effectiveness.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) approved establishing the Regulator in December 2009.

The ONRSR opened on 20 January 2013.

For more information, visit the ONRSR website

Last Updated: 4/12/2015