Message from ONRSR CEO Sue McCarrey
It is with great delight that I can finally announce that the Rail Safety Legislation Amendment (National Services Delivery and Related Reforms) Bill 2019 passed the Victorian Upper House last Tuesday 29th October paving the way for transition to take place.
Taking into consideration required Parliamentary processes we will formally transition on Monday 2nd December. Rail safety will be overseen by TSV until 11.59pm on Sunday 1st December with ONRSR taking up at 12.00am (midnight) on Monday 2nd December.
Further information will follow, however the move will take place to the new ONRSR Melbourne office at Level 10, 565 Bourke St on that Monday.
It has been a long journey for us to become a fully national regulator and we thank you for your patience.
Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
The acting CEO of ONRSR has advised there will be a delay in the migration from TSV to ONRSR due to delays in the passing of the required Vic State legislation. The correspondence is included here FYI.
Subject: Message from the A/CE | Victoria transition
Good afternoon everyone,
As you are aware we have been working to transition Victoria (TSV staff and remaining operators) into ONRSR on 1 October 2019. This was always subject to the legislation passing through Parliament. Even though the Bill was tabled in the Victorian Parliament during August unfortunately it was not debated last week by the Legislative Assembly and therefore the agreed transition date of 1 October 2019 is unable to be met.
ONRSR, TSV and the Department are continuing to work closely together to ensure transition takes place as smoothly as possible. When factoring in the sitting dates, Victorian Parliamentary processes and other considerations two revised transition dates have been identified. We are now working towards transition taking place on either Monday 28 October 2019 or Monday 11 November 2019. A date will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Thank you to everyone that has been working towards the 1 October timeframe.
Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
As a sector we all struggle to balance the spend of our limited financial resources between maintenance of rolling stock, track infrastructure and all those aspirational restoration projects. What often suffers is the need to carry out regular routine preventative maintenance on heritage buildings.
The attached link is a reminder of the catastrophic consequences that can befall us if this is left un-actioned.
We all know too well of similar incidents in our own heritage rail space – the need to maintain and upgrade fire protection of our historic building assets AND our historic rolling stock assets is another task we need to work together on to find financially practical solutions.
Please find below an update from ONRSR which was sent to all T&H operators last Friday.
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 email@example.com or phone 0427 823 976.
Acting Executive Director – Policy, Reform & Stakeholder Engagement
ATHRA identified with ONRSR that the T&H sector has a thirst for more training and resources in the areas of Safety improvement. As a result ONRSR has agreed to run a number of safety improvement workshops for the T&H sector.
This ATHRA initiative has now resulted in the first of these ONRSR road shows commencing around the country – this was a Qld trial in Feb . These workshops are focussed on risk assessment.
T&H groups from each State should by now have invitations from ONRSR to the other state workshops scheduled between May and July. These workshops are not only for risk or safety managers but aimed at all members so that they understand the processes behind good safety management so that the general member can appreciate what it takes to ensure the safety of their organisation and be a part of the safety culture.
The schedule is :
- Western Australia – Perth – 11 May 2019
- Victoria – Melbourne – 25 May 2019
- Tasmania – Launceston – 26 May 2019
- New South Wales – Sydney – 1 June 2019
- South Australia – Adelaide – 15 June 2019
The first trial workshop was delivered in Queensland in February. An impressive 48 T&H members attended this workshop from all parts of Queensland. The morning started with an update from Julie Bullas and Janice McLachlan with an update on ONRSR activities. This was followed by an overview of the risk assessment process and discussions on what elements should be in a risk assessment register. This was followed by the splitting up the group into 6 smaller groups to risk assess 6 different scenarios ranging from operational to financial risks. Each group set about identifying the risks, likelihood, controls and the inherent risk for their groups. This was then presented in from of the entire group and discussions resulted around this.
The session was extremely well received and everyone in the room benefited regardless of their experience.
This was then followed by lunch which was supplied by ONRSR and the networking continued.
ONRSR is to be commended for their continual support of ATHRA and its members and the entire T&H sector. This partnership ensured openness and networking opportunities for the overall improvement in rail safety in the sector.