Rail safety occurrence data

Industry reports rail safety occurrences to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).

ONRSR has responsibility for regulatory oversight of rail safety in every Australian state and territory.

ONRSR collects and reports on rail safety occurrence statistics, and these figures are available on the ONRSR website.

Historical rail safety occurrence data

Prior to the establishment of ONRSR, rail safety occurrence data was provided to the ATSB by state and territory government rail safety regulators for national publication.

Disclaimer: This data was supplied to the ATSB by state and NT rail safety regulators. The ATSB accepts no liability for any loss or damage suffered by any person or corporation resulting from the use of these data.

Definitions: Definitions for data provided in each of the categories were developed by rail safety regulators in collaboration with industry:

  • 1 January 2001 to 30 June 2008 were taken from Occurrence Notification Standard 1 (ON-S1, 2004 Rail Safety Regulators' Panel); and
  • From 1 July 2008 were taken from Occurrence Classification Guideline 1 (OC-G1, July 2008 Rail Safety Regulators' Panel).


ON-S1 occurrence definitions [PDF: 25KB]

OC-G1 occurrence definitions [PDF: 36KB]