Accreditation of a Rail Transport Operator - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this accreditation if you intend to undertake any of the following railway operations:

  • construction of a railway, railway tracks, or associated railway infrastructure
  • management, commissioning, maintenance, repair, modification, installation, operation or decommissioning of rail infrastructure
  • operations involving rolling stock (vehicles that operate on a railway, such as trains, trams and carriages)
  • restoration or repair work
  • testing of railway tracks or other infrastructure
  • any other activities relating to railway operations covered by the National Law

This does not apply to certain railway operations which are not covered by the National Law, such as underground mining railways, and certain not for profit railways operated exclusively on private property. These types of railway operations must be accredited under state law.

Penalties apply to persons or organisations who undertake rail operations without accreditation or without being exempt from accreditation.

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 accreditation, you must:

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

It is recommended that you contact the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator to discuss requirements prior to 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
  • implosions, explosions, fires or other occurrence that results in significant property damage.



Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.


Annual licence fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the responsible agency for more information.


Fees for 2016-17.

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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