PPP Project Summary

No. Project Type Project Title  Objective
1 Code of Practice In cab audio & video recording equipment The product is intended to define the technological and system best practice for in-cab audio and video recording to support rail transport operators to comply with the legislation in a nationally consistent way.
2 Standard Rail Plant Vehicles To develop a uniform standard/guideline detailing the performance requirements of on rail plant such as excavators or other track driven construction and maintenance vehicles.
3 Guideline Rail Safety Worker Competency To develop a guide which maps the required competencies of a worker engaged in safety critical work as described within the Rail Safety National Law.
4 Guideline Monitoring Hours of Work Provide RTOs information about considerations that should be included when designing a monitoring hours of work process for business units.
5 Guideline Using Bio-mathematical models to manage fatigue related risk Provide RTOs information about BMMs commonly used in the context of Australian rail operations, and provide guidance in how they should(and should not)be applied in order to follow an appropriate risk-based approach when integrating them into a broader FRM framework.
6 Standard Rail Equipment Rooms Uniform standard/guideline detailing location, design, construction, installation and facilities requirements of rail equipment rooms and their diverse applications. This is inclusive of field-based equipment rooms such as CERs, SERs and Centralised Equipment Rooms (e.g., Primary and Disaster Recover Site).
7 Guideline Overhead Traction Power – Harmonisation of system voltages 

This will determine the feasibility of running the enhanced and upgraded time-table system especially the “turn up and go” metro-style train service operation

Rail power system will be more resilient, more reliable and more capable of meeting the growth patronage demand and to facilitate further network expansion

The power system can accommodate unlimited number and types of rollingstock can occupy the corridor section and length without power limitation or degraded running service.

This will reduce capital cost of building new infrastructure

To reduce transport energy carbon footprint and emission

Will reduce long term maintenance and operating cost

8 Guideline Shunting Operations Guideline 

Shunting in maintenance yards, freight terminals and sidings is a high-risk activity, particularly when facilities become busy. Shunters work within the danger zone around moving rollingstock. 

Each facility tends to have variations on controls implemented. This inconsistency can cause increased risks. 

Developing a common set of guidelines for safe movement of rolling stock in these facilities will increase safety and reduce risk. 

9 Code of Practice Driver Only Operation

Provide a prescriptive method for determining how DOO working can be safely managed/operated. 

To address interoperability issues across networks, avoid rolling stock being fitted with variances that exposed members to unsafe operational conditions. 

To evaluate safe systems of work and address the rail traffic crew human factors concerns. 

10 Guideline Management of rail safety risks associated with the movement of Restricted Access Vehicles (RAV) across level crossing. Developing a guideline that will facilitate a consistent approach to managing rail safety risks associated with the movement of Restricted Access (road) Vehicles or (road) Vehicles Operating Under Permit traversing across level crossings.
11 Guideline Managing Network Control Centre system fault and failures To provide guidance to RIMs on managing faults or failures of the train control system at a NCC
12 Code of Practice Management of emergency situations – Network Control To provide RIMs and RTOs with a baseline good practice approach for Network Controllers when managing an emergency situations in the Australian railway network.
13 Standard Integrity monitoring of railway signalling power supply systems Describes the performance requirements technological solutions used in integrity monitoring of railway signalling power supply systems, to reduce signal failures and enable a move from periodic to risk-based maintenance.
14 Guideline Detection of Unauthorised Rail Corridor Access

The objective of this guidance proposal is to provide rail organisation guidance on feasible, effective detection solutions to reduce the safety risks associated with unauthorised rail corridor access.   

Consolidation of learning from rail operators into a guidance document will govern consistent detection solutions reducing safety incidents, minimizing operational delays and reducing costs for project development. 

15 Guideline Managing Drivers on routes undergoing significant change The guideline’s objective will be to address human factors issues, to help reduce the likelihood of errors that may lead to accidents. It may also improve people’s understanding of how changes are likely to impact individuals, and therefore enable communication to be tailored better to the affected individuals, thereby helping with information retention. 
16 Code of Practice Management of fault indications (Network Control) This guideline would provide requirements and recommendations on management of fault indications by network control officers. This would include track faults, earth faults, LX faults, lamp alarms, etc. The Code would provide guidance on managing on call field RSW (signal technicians and track workers), and rail services through areas where faults have occurred.
17 Code of Practice Traction Power Modelling – Systems Requirement

To allow management of this situation with minimum risks, this Code of Practice will allow all stakeholders to understand the implications, alternatives and impacts upon the existing network and measure the benefits using the systems approach modelling exercise.

The new type of rollingstock allocation and its power demand is ongoing dynamic situation. Through modelling, it can measure the increase of patronage, passenger flow, changes in infrastructure and power demand usage.

This will determine the feasibility of running the upgraded time-table service that will require the power analysis under normal and N-1 outage scenarios.

This will identify and assess the systems weaknesses within the traction power corridor and determine appropriate technical solution. To have a clear line of sight where the power systems requires upgrade, enhancement or possible augmentation.

18 Standard Route Acceptance of Train Configurations To harmonise the process requirements for Networks to accept variations to consist configurations. As train configurations are including distributed power and are pushing the lengths of which are generally considered safe for the brake technology used etc. 


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