Registration of Rail Infrastructure Manager - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to become a rail infrastructure manager of a private siding that will be connected with a railway of an accredited rail transport operator or another private siding.

A siding is a portion of railway track connected by points to another running line or siding on which rolling stock (such as trains, carriages, and trams) are placed clear of the running line. A private siding is a siding that is owned, controlled or managed by a person, other than the person who manages the rail infrastructure to which the siding connects or to which it has access.

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 prescribed not to be a private siding as described in the national regulations.

It is not a requirement to hold an accreditation to become a manger of a private siding. Multiple private sidings may be held under the one registration. You may apply for an exemption from compliance with any part of the Rail Safety National Act. This exemption will be granted if the circumstances are deemed appropriate.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration, you must:

  • Provide detailed information about the scope of your intended activities;
  • Be able to prove that you will be the rail infrastructure manager of the private siding;
  • Demonstrate that the railway operations you intend to carry out in the private siding, determines that registration rather than accreditation is the appropriate approval;
  • Comply with all the requirements as prescribed by the national regulations;
  • Complete the relevant form; and
  • Pay the required fee.

Rail infrastructure managers intending to submit applications are encouraged to contact the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator to discuss requirements before lodging an application.

Ongoing requirements

You must immediately report rail incidents to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator. A follow up report must come within 72 hours of becoming aware of the incident. An incident includes the following:

  • An accident on a railway premises that leads to the death or injury of a person;
  • Derailment;
  • Collisions; and
  • Implosions, explosions, fires or other occurrence that results in significant property damage.



Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Administering agency

Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Act(s) name

Rail Safety National Law Application Act 2013 (Victoria)

Contact details

Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Operating address:
Level 15 121 Exhibition Street
Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
PO BOX 2797
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


1800 223 022


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