Safety Managers Group


The Safety Managers Group (SMG) is a forum that meets three times annually. The SMG is coordinated by RISSB and is composed of rail safety managers from member rail organisations, working together in a cooperative way to:

  • provide a forum for free and open exchange of ideas and concepts in relation to safety management in the rail context;
  • provide an opportunity for industry to prepare a common position for further consideration by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) working groups; and
  •  facilitate the development of improved industry safety policy and practice with the goal of reducing injury and damage so far as reasonably practicable within the Australasian rail networks, including Heritage operations.

The Terms of Reference for the SMG are as follows:

  • Participate in free and open exchange of ideas and concepts in relation to rail safety issues
  • Develop Australian rail industry policy position in relation to rail safety policy and practice issues for RISSB Board and ARA Board approval where necessary
  • Provide leadership within the rail industry in relation to improvement of rail safety practice.
  • Develop industry position in response to ONRSR matters.
  • Establish as appropriate, working parties/subcommittees to discuss specific rail-safety related issues to improve industry rail safety practices.
  • Review policies and initiatives for rail safety being delivered internationally and monitor their effectiveness and relevance.
  • Assist and co-ordinate the sharing of rail safety information within the rail industry in the development and continuous improvement of rail safety.
  • Exchange and disseminate information on rail safety policies and innovations.
  • SMG relates to RISSB Safety Standing Committee thereby providing input to RISSB projects (eg standards, codes of practice, guidelines etc).

Membership of the SMG is open to safety managers from rail industry companies who have a direct key stakeholder interest in rail safety issues. Members are required to attend at least 2 meetings per year (each subsequent meeting is in an alternate major city to reduce the travel burden). If you believe your company should have a representative on the SMG, please contact us via the contact details supplied on the Contact Us page.