Operate a Tourist and Heritage Railway - Victoria


If you operate a heritage or tourist railway you may be eligible to participate in the voluntary registration scheme operated by Public Transport Victoria (the Tourist and Heritage Railway Group Register). The purpose of the scheme is to enable operators to demonstrate to the public that they are committed to maintaining good business practice. Registered operators will also have access to programs and initiatives made available under the scheme.

Please note that you will also need to hold railway operator accreditation.

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 to operate a tourist or heritage railway, you must:

  • operate as a non-profit entity (an incorporated association or company limited by guarantee)
  • have a committee, board or governing body that oversees your organisation
  • have a policy on working with children
  • have a business plan, asset conservation plan and marketing strategy
  • provide historical and heritage related rail services, primarily as a tourist activity and predominantly in Victoria
  • be accredited as a rail operator, or provide services on behalf of an accredited operator
  • submit the relevant form
  • pay the application fee.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

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


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application to Operate a Tourist and Heritage Railway - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Act(s) name

Tourist and Heritage Railways Act 2010 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Tourist and Heritage Railways Regulations 2011 Victoria

Administering agency

Public Transport Victoria

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:

Customer Service

Public Transport Victoria

Mailing address: PO BOX 4724
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1800 800 007
Website: Public Transport Victoria (Opens in new window)