Tourist & Heritage Sector – ONRSR Workshops Update

Please find below an update from ONRSR which was sent to all T&H operators last Friday. 

One of ONRSR’s national priorities and a key part of our safety improvement program is Tourist and Heritage Sector Safety Management System Capability.

Throughout the first half of this year, ONRSR held a series of national workshops focussed on risk, safety culture and governance attended by more than 200 people.  The overwhelming majority of feedback was positive with 96% of those in attendance recording that they either strongly agreed or agreed that the event was worthwhile.

A copy of the final presentation from the workshops is available for your information as well as links to existing documents and data that were referred to during the sessions:
•    Duties of Rail Safety Worker Fact Sheet
•    Guideline – small isolated line heritage operators
•    Guideline – Safety Management System
•    Fact sheet – Assessment of rail safety worker competence
•    National priority rail safety data 

In addition to the workshop, ONRSR has produced a short video on the important role Tourist and Heritage operators’ Board members have in relation to safety culture and risk within their organisations. This video, released at the August ATHRA meeting, has been developed specifically for the tourist and heritage sector and available to view on our website.

ONRSR looks forward to continuing to work closely with Australia’s Tourist and Heritage railway sector.

For any queries relating to the workshops or any of the information in this correspondence, please contact Janice McLoughlin, Manager Safety Improvement and Projects, at email or phone 0427 823 976.

Melissa Radke
Acting Executive Director – Policy, Reform & Stakeholder Engagement

ATHRA Vic Members Meeting Thursday 22nd August, 6pm, Hawthorn Tram Depot

The next ATHRA Vic members meeting is on Thursday 22nd August , 6pm at Hawthorn. (4th Thursday every 3 months)
We had a great attendance last meeting for the National AGM back in May and I encourage you all to brave the weather and get down to Hawthorn for this members meeting as well.
In Victoria, our preservation movement is in uncertain times. The various branch line operations are moving forward with implementing their various key  business strategies, some with good assistance from State and Federal Grants.  For those without current grant funding for capital works, it remains economically hard – for some its a case of keeping the head above water until some assistance is found.
We still face a  severe problem of the funding differential between regional and metropolitan grant opportunities.
Other challenges remain – gaining access to surplus materials and the perennial shortage of volunteers
For Melbourne based mainline groups, the future remains very uncertain. We all await with more than keen interest the outcome of the Victrack developed strategy for our sector through their Vintage Rolling Stock Strategy (VRSS) project.
The ATHRA meeting on the 22nd will include an update on the VRSS project based on the collective knowledge from those participating in the Victrack workshops, the next being on Friday 16th August.
We also hope to have our ONRSR partners unveil a brand new training video on the night – this has been produced by ONRSR for T&H groups as a result of our joint discussions on rail safety improvement opportunities back in 2018/19 and is further recognition of the importance of a strong working relationship between the 2 organisations.  We hope further training videos to assist us can be produced in due course.
There has been a lot of discussion about scalable SMS development and the use of a software tool to manage our accreditation activities. We have now moved from talk into action on the use of TSMS – I hope to be able to expand on recent progress here.
I recently attended an excellent Rail Heritage WA (RHWA) conference and will be reporting on the doings from our colleagues in the West .
Depending on time, we should also have quick updates from each T&H group on their key recent activities and upcoming events or projects.
Plenty for all, look forward to seeing you there – please pass on to others in your group as all are welcome.


Steve Strangward

Association of Tourist & Heritage Rail Australia Inc