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National rail regulator on track in SA

The creation of a single safety regulator for the rail sector is a step closer, with the South Australian Parliament becoming the first to pass the legislation.

May 8, 2012

The creation of a single safety regulator for the rail sector is a step closer, with the South Australian Parliament becoming the first to pass the legislation last week.

The rail safety regulator is proposed to operate nationally and replace seven separate regulatory authorities and 46 pieces of state, territory and Commonwealth legislation.

South Australian Transport Minister Patrick Conlon says passing the bill in South Australia was critical to ensure the regulator remains on track for implementation across Australia by January 2013.

“The National Rail Safety Regulator will be based in Adelaide so it was important that the legislation pass the SA Parliament first,” Conlon says.

He says other states and territories are now expected to deliver this legislation through their parliaments in the coming months.

“This is a major safety and productivity reform and it shows what can be achieved through cooperation between federal state and territory governments,” Conlon says.

“For over 110 years, our railways have been governed by multiple sets of rules and laws and created confusing red tape and duplication.”

The regulator is proposed to oversee the country’s urban passenger rail networks and interstate freight operations.

The legislation will also allow operators will to receive national accreditation instead of having to apply in each state and territory.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will become the national investigator of rail accidents.

An announcement on the appointment of the new regulator is expected to be made later this year.

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