Major Projects 2020/21

RISSB was originally formed to support the railway through the production of Standards, Codes of Practice, Guidelines and Rules. But not all the railway’s problems can be solved with Standards. Over the years RISSB has added new strings to our bow to try to fill the gap, and in 2020/21 we introduced our Major Projects portfolio of work. This exciting program of work is formed in conjunction with senior leaders from around our railways, and targets significant, and sometimes long-standing issues around our industry. If you’d like to know more, or if you have a suggestion for a RISSB Major Project, we’d invite you to contact

The Major Project deliverables are available to RISSB member organisations in the normal product catalogue, or in RISSB’s Grand Central area in the ‘Helpful Resources’ section. Below are the synopses of delivered projects to show you what’s being produced. You can see the projects still in delivery at


Track Worker Safety
Track Worker Safety Options

RISSB and ONRSR partnered with ACRI to identify current, and emerging, TWS options for improving the safety of workers on Australian rail networks.

Australian Harmonised Network Rules – Network Communication

This is the first network rule produced in the Australian railway that will be rolled out adopted ubiquitously. It has been produced under the auspices of the cross-industry National Rules Industry Reference Group to support common, high-quality communications around our industry.

Protection Officer / Track Force Protection Co-ordinator / Track Worker Safety Critical Communications Course

This non-accredited course builds on TLIF0008, and contextualises it to the role of the Protection Officer/Track Force Protection Co-ordinator/Track Worker. Delivered completely online, it is primarily targeted at workers due for their time-based refresher training and/or those who are retraining post occurrence.

Good Practice in Mitigating Safety Risks when Planning Works in the Rail Corridor

The purpose of this guideline is to identify safety risks that are present for works within the rail corridor that can be mitigated through good planning practices and provide guidance on how planners can manage those risks.


Train Whistles – Understanding the Risks and Opportunities to all Stakeholders

This discussion paper shines a spotlight on all the issues around our industry’s use of train horns, from the real/perceived safety benefits to the disturbances to our community neighbours. There are no easy answers, but this seminal piece of work is now informing the production of an industry Code of Practice.

Good Practice for the Management of Wheel Squeal

This paper draws on significant industry input, and especially contemporary science from Australia as well as overseas, to summarise the current state of knowledge about the causes and mitigations for wheel squeal. It is now provided to help the railway to minimise the effect in design, and also to manage it where it exists already.


Interoperability Impact Plan

This report follows on from previous work “Assessment of Interoperability Issues from the Proposed Introduction of New Train Control Systems” to explore the options for maintaining interoperability across an expanding and increasingly interconnected national rail system.