Accreditation for Rail Transport Operator - Western Australia

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
  • Restoration or repair work
  • Testing of railway tracks or other infrastructure
  • Any other activities relating to railway operations deemed appropriate by the Agency and specified in the accreditation.

In acquiring this accreditation, you must demonstrate the competence and capacity required to identify and manage the risks to safety associated with railway operations.

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 deemed appropriate.

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.

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.

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


1 year.


ApplyApplication$1,000.00Application for registration

Annual licence fees vary depending on individual circumstances.

Application$1,000.00Application for exemption
VaryVariation$250.00Application for variation of registration
Variation$100.00Application for variation of conditions / restrictions of exemption
Variation$100.00Application for variation of exemption
Variation$250.00Application for variation of conditions / restrictions of registration

Administering agency

Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Act(s) name

Rail Safety National Law (WA) Act 2015 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Rail Safety National Law (WA) Regulations 2015 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Enquiries, ONRSR Western Australia Branch
Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Operating address:
Level 6
2 Mill Street
Western Australia 6000


1800 433 038

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