Accreditation for Rail Transport Operator - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this accreditation if you intend to act as a Rail Transport Operator (RTO) in New South Wales. An RTO is involved in the following railway operations:

  • construction of a railway, railway tracks, associated railway infrastructure or rolling stock
  • management, commissioning, maintenance, repair, modification, installation, operation or decommissioning of rail infrastructure or rolling stock
  • operations involving rolling stock
  • restoration or repair work
  • testing of railway tracks or other infrastructure
  • any other activities relating to railway operations deemed appropriate by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and specified in the accreditation.

When applying for this accreditation, you must demonstrate the competence and capacity required to identify and manage the safety risks associated with railway operations. You must also provide a detailed plan of your proposed railway operation and all related operations.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


You may apply for an exemption from compliance with any part of the Rail Safety National Law. This exemption will be granted if the circumstances are considered appropriate.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this accreditation you must:

  • hold the position of either rail infrastructure manager, rolling stock operator or both
  • demonstrate that you have the competency and capacity to manage all safety risks associated with undertaking railway operations
  • be able to implement the proposed safety management systems
  • have the financial capacity or public risk insurance to meet reasonable potential accident liabilities which may arise during railway operations
  • have complied with all national safety regulations if any apply
  • be able to provide any other information required by the Agency.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

As an accredited Rail Transport Operator, you must:

  • undergo safety and competency reviews by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
  • keep a detailed record of your continuing risk assessment processes
  • comply with any conditions or restrictions placed on your accreditation.




31 October each year.


ApplyApplication$10,000.00Application for accreditation
Exceptions$1,000.00Application for an exemption

Annual licence fees vary depending on individual circumstances.

VaryVariation$1,000.00Application for variation of conditions or restrictions
Variation$1,000.00Application for variation of accreditation



The Agency strongly encourages you to discuss your application and the application process with them before lodging the application. This will help stop delays due to incomplete or inadequate applications.

Additional information

You may apply for a review of a decision made by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator. The office may place a number of conditions or restrictions on your accreditation.

Administering agency

Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Act(s) name

Rail Safety National Law (NSW) 2012 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Rail Safety National Law National Regulations 2012 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator


08 8406 1500


08 8406 1501

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