19 Feb 2024

Call for Development Group Members – Derailment Investigation Analysis Guideline

The closing date for nominations – Wednesday 20 March 2024

The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is seeking nominations from people to join a Development Group to review the Derailment Investigation Analysis Guideline.

How will this product help the rail industry? 

Your contribution to the review of this Guideline will help provide the rail industry with the procedures, tools and examples to assist Rail Train Operators and other organisations involved, to conduct Derailment Investigations Analysis. 


The Derailment Investigation and Analysis Guideline has been written as a reference guide to be used in the investigation of derailments. This document describes aspects of train operations, rolling stock, infrastructure, and human factors that could cause or contribute to a derailment.

The objective of this Guideline is to:

  • Describe the basic theory and mechanisms of derailment.
  • Outline the factors that could cause or contribute to an occurrence.
  • Identify areas of the safety management system, that may not have been adequate in the management of risk. 

Time commitment 

Development Group membership is voluntary and requires the support of your organisation to attend and contribute. There will be meetings held every 4-6 weeks between April 2024 and June 2025. These will be conducted via video conference Further information on the responsibilities of a Development Group member can be obtained from the RISSB Website.

How to contribute

Stakeholders and interested parties are invited to submit nominations for subject matter experts to join this Development Group to contribute to the overall depth and quality of the product.

All nominations and enquiries are to be submitted via email to our Standards Development Manager Andrew Muscat at amuscat@rissb.com.au.

As part of your nomination, can you please provide a brief including your contact details, your interest in this development (materially affected party, subject matter expert, etc.), and any other information which further supports your participation. This information will assist us in ensuring balanced representation from all major interest categories in the development of this document.

The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 20 March 2024.