AusRAIL, Safety, Standards & Regulation

AusRAIL 2022: High standards for RISSB

The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is driving national harmonisation and interoperability, moving the rail industry towards technical and operational consistency, improving safety, lowering costs and enhancing productivity.

And present at AusRAIL to drive home the role of the group was newly-minted chief executive Damien White, who explained how the organisation supported and worked with the Australian and New Zealand rail industry to provide the essential tools rail organisations need  – “good practice standards, Codes of Practice, guidelines and rules”.

 “Encouragingly, we have a new Federal Government with a philosophy that fits into the RISSB remit, but really we have been doing this work for many years,” he said.

“The new Government supports work done by the National Transport Commission, which leads national land transport reform in support of all Australian governments to improve safety, productivity, environmental outcomes and regulatory efficiency.”

White said AusRAIL provided the opportunity for RISSB to talk to key members of the industry, and about safety, training and systems products.

He also touched on the collection of information to be considered for next year’s RISSB workplan.

“As always, we will look at suggestions for new codes and standards, but we want people to quantify the benefits of the ideas,” he said.

“We will look at the level of commitment before adoption.”

There was also an update on the national rolling stock register, the information system that facilitates the registration of all rail vehicles that operate on the Australian rail networks.

The data, used to determine vehicle ownership and key vehicle identifiers, is on a cloud-based system for administering rolling stock data and the registration of rolling stock. It facilitates the electronic exchange of information with other rolling stock monitoring systems.

“Currently, we are establishing a centralised list of operational rolling stock with base information,” White said.

“We aim to develop a functional specification for the rolling stock registration process.

“The next phase, slated for 2023/24, involves updating the system to maintain a data repository for rolling stock and allow operators to submit data into a single system for registration.”