Who We Are


The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is wholly owned by its funding members and is responsible for the development and management of rail industry standards, rules, codes of practice and guidelines, all of which have national application.

Originally established in June 2003 as the Code Management Company it was renamed RISSB in October 2007. RISSB was established by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and was wholly owned by the ARA until March 2015 when the new Constitution and ownership arrangements were introduced. Membership is now open to all Rail Transport Operators in Australia and overseas as well as network owners and managers and contractors, and suppliers to the rail industry. Currently RISSB has 43 members who come from all sectors as well as overseas.

To view RISSB’s current funding members click here: RISSB Members

RISSB is a not for profit company limited by guarantee which does not have a share capital and which is required to apply the whole of its income and assets to achieving the listed objectives in its Constitution. To view RISSB’s Constitution click here: RISSB Constitution

RISSB is accredited by the Standards Australia Board, through their Standards Development and Accreditation Committee, as a Standards Development Organisation. All new standards commenced by RISSB after 31 July 2007 are published as Australian Standards.

To view the RISSB Organisation chart click here.

RISSB Constitution

Objects of the Company

The objects for which the Company is established are to:

(a)              develop, manage and promote a suite of standards, rules, guidance materials and other documents, including the ACOP and ANRP, to assist the rail industry to manage rail safety, improve efficiency and achieve safety outcomes through standardisation, interoperability and harmonisation;

(b)              develop a risk model for the Australian rail operating environment that is based  on data and other inputs that will help drive safety improvements by guiding prioritisation of standards development and regulatory activity; and for use by the rail industry participants in directing their approach to safety management;

(c)              provide independent technical advice; and

(d)              undertake initiatives to support the rail industry’s role in the co-regulatory model for rail safety in Australia.

RISSB works collaboratively with the Australian rail industry to harmonise safety practices across the country.

RISSB is accredited by the Standards Australia Board, through their Standards Development and Accreditation Committee, as a Standards Development Organisation. .  All standards produced by the RISSB are Australian Standards.  The standard development process is rigorous and transparent and the same principles are applied in developing other RISSB products.

RISSB products are developed in close consultation with industry subject matter experts. These experts participate in development groups that are pivotal in ensuring RISSB’s final products represent ‘good’ industry practice.