Accreditation for Rail Transport Operator - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this accreditation if you intend to act as a Rail Transport Operator (RTO) in the Australian Capital territory. A RTO is involved in the following railway operations:

  • construction of a railway, railway tracks, associated railway infrastructure or rolling stock
  • management, commissioning, maintenance, repair, modification, installation, operation or decommissioning of rail infrastructure or rolling stock
  • 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 Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and specified in the accreditation.

When applying for this accreditation, you must demonstrate the competence and capacity required to identify and manage the safety risks associated with railway operations. You must also provide a detailed plan of your proposed railway operation and all related operations.

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 deemed appropriate.

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.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

As an accredited Rail Transport Operator, you must:

  • undergo safety and competency reviews by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
  • keep a detailed record of your continuing risk assessment processes
  • comply with any conditions or restrictions placed on your accreditation.




31 October each year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $10000.00 -
Apply Exceptions All $1000.00 -
Apply Licence All -

Annual fee varies based on distance travelled. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Vary Variation All $1000.00


Vary Variation All $100.00


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Preparing of a Rail Safety Management System Guideline - PDF (Opens in new window)
Comply All Competence and Capacity Guideline - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Rail Safety National Law (ACT) 2014 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Rail Safety National Law (ACT) Regulation 2014 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Operating address: Level 1
75 Hindmarsh Square
South Australia 5000
Mailing address: PO Box 3461
Rundle Mall
South Australia 5000
Phone: 08 8406 1500