Registration for Manager of Private Sidings - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to become a rail infrastructure manager of a private siding.

A siding is a portion of railway track that branches away from the main rail infrastructure. A private siding is defined as a siding that is owned, controlled or managed by a person other than the person who manages the adjoining rail infrastructure. Private sidings do not include:

  • marshalling yards
  • crossing loops
  • passenger or freight terminals
  • sidings under the management of an accredited rail infrastructure manager
  • any siding designated as a non-private siding by the national regulations.

You are not required to be accredited as a manager of a private siding.

You must be able to provide the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator detailed information about the location and nature of your private siding.

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 registration, you must:

  • be the rail infrastructure manager of the private siding
  • intend to carry out actions that are considered appropriate by the regulator
  • establish a comprehensive risk management scheme and risk register
  • demonstrate that the railway operations you intend to carry out requires a private siding
  • be able to provide detailed information about the siding and your intended activities
  • be able to comply with all the requirements in the national regulations.

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

Ongoing requirements

You must provide the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator with an annual activity statement.




31 October each year.


ApplyApplication$1,000.00Application for registration
Exceptions$1,000.00Application for an exemption
VaryVariation$250.00Application for variation of registration

Application for variation of conditions or restrictions



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

Additional information

Multiple private sidings may be held under one registration.

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator may place conditions or restrictions on your registration.

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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