This Standard is intended to provide a common framework for Rail Transport Operators (RTOs) to plan and execute the inspection, testing and commissioning of new and altered signalling infrastructure.

The concepts within this Standard are intended to be applied throughout any railway signalling project, both in the context of a railway signalling and control system project, and during the operating life of the system.

This Standard defines what is to be done to effectively plan, execute and finalise the testing and commissioning activities, but does not detail the methods by which those requirements may be fulfilled.

The companion standard AS 7716 Signals Testing Process defines the processes, detailed test procedures, and the performance requirements for equipment and installations which constitute the signalling and train control system.