National rail safety data collection likely to go ahead


Nation's transport ministers unanimously approve national strategy for the collection of rail safety data collection

Transport ministers from all states and territories have unanimously approved a national strategy for the collection of rail safety data collection.

The decision comes after it was agreed current collection of data by different state governments created "information gaps" and "inconsistencies", providing minimal amounts of useful data to improve rail safety at a national level.

National Transport Commission (NTC) Chief Executive Nick Dimopoulos says the decision is a big step in creating a safer rail system.

"We can improve our collective understanding of what causes rail incidents, and better manage those safety risks, by collecting the right data that is timely, reliable, comparable and nationally consistent," Dimopoulos says.

The NTC is currently in talks with the Strategic Research and Technology working group which is in the process of adopting the Australian Bureau of Statistics Data Quality Framework as the common scheme for all strategically important national transportation data.

The issue will be discussed at the Australian Strategic Research Technology Agenda Conference which will take place in Adelaide between April 23 and 24.

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