Rail Safety Accreditation - Northern Territory

Service summary

Every organisation that wants to own a railway and/or operate trains in the Northern Territory must apply for a rail safety accreditation.

Organisations already accredited elsewhere in Australia can apply through the Regulator who issued their principal accreditation for its mutual recognition in Northern Territory.

Private sidings only require a registration, not accreditation. The registration process is much simpler than accreditation.

The requirements for gaining rail safety accreditation is detailed in the Rail Safety Act 2010 and the Rail Safety Regulations 2010.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

A rail transport operator must have a Safety Management System (SMS) for railway operations carried out on or in relation to the rail transport operator???s rail infrastructure or rolling stock. The requirements for a SMS are detailed in the Rail Safety Act 2010 and the Rail Safety Regulations 2010. Some of the requirements include:

  • measures to manage risks to safety;
  • a security management plan;
  • an emergency management plan;
  • a health and fitness management plan;
  • an alcohol and drug management plan; and
  • a fatigue management plan.


Accreditation remains in force; Permanent accreditation - until the accreditation is cancelled, surrendered or suspended; or; Temporary accreditation - for the period that the Director specifies.


Variable; contact the agency direct for further information.

Administering agency

Department of Transport
Rail Safety Unit

Act(s) name

Rail Safety Act 2010 (Northern Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Rail Safety Regulations 2010 (Northern Territory)

Contact details

Operating address:
TIO House, Level 8
24 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800




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