Safety & Standards


Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board

Harmonising the rail industry through progressive improvement, not delayed perfection

The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is responsible for developing and managing a series of documents classified as the 'Australia Code of Practice'. These are industry standards, rules, codes of practice, guidelines and handbooks for the Australian rail industry.

Accredited by Standards Australia as one of its Standards Development Organisations, all standards produced by the RISSB are published as Australian Standards, which have a national application in Australia.

A not-for-profit organisation, the RISSB is funded by the members of the rail industry and the Australian Government.

Currently, there are seven functional areas which aim to achieve harmonisation in the rail industry. These areas include safety, operations, rollingstock, infrastructure, wheel rail interface, train control systems and railway level crossing safety.


More Information

For more information about the RISSB's standards, guidelines, codes of practice and rules and procedures, please visit the RISSB website at




Rail Safety Vision

Through close work with members and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR), the ARA has developed the Rail Industry’s first Safety Vision, which includes methodologies for ONRSR cost recovery and policies around drugs and alcohol testing.

Rail safety is a shared responsibility between many stakeholders. For the rail industry, mitigating safety risks as far as is reasonably practicable is and always will be the highest priority.

The industry sees the current situation more on the regulatory and compliance side of co-regulation and would like to work with ONRSR to move towards and potentially past the co-regulatory place on the continuum.

The industry wants to become the champion of rail safety and build on a collaborative and proactive relationship with the ONRSR to develop mutually agreed safety strategies and associated work plans.

Read the ARA's Rail Safety Vision here.