This guideline provides a national rail emergency management resource for the Australian rail industry.

It clarifies the legislative rail emergency management requirements in the Rail Safety National Law and regulations to enhance rail emergency management capability and organisational resilience.

This guideline is not a rail emergency plan or procedure and it is not intended to be used for response and recovery operations.

For this guideline, incidents (e.g. signal failures, ‘near misses’, partial derailments) are not addressed in any detail, because they are managed ‘in-house’. However, incident management processes should be compatible with rail emergency arrangements, so a common approach is used for all situations.