Rail Safety in Queensland
The department enhances rail safety outcomes in Queensland through initiatives that complement the activities of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and continues to maintain the Rail Safety National Law (Qld) in consultation with the other stakeholders, ensuring that Queensland’s interests are reflected in any legislative amendments.
The department provides rail safety-related policy advice to the Queensland Government, maintains regulatory oversight of the safe transport of dangerous goods by rail, and supports accredited tourist and heritage rail operators.
By continuing to lead the Queensland Level Crossing Safety Group in overseeing the Queensland Level Crossing Safety Strategy 2012–21, the department brings together relevant stakeholders to work collaboratively on current level crossing safety issues in Queensland. The Director-General continues to chair the National Level Crossing Safety Committee and is a board member of the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation.
This year, the department worked with the regulator to grant a ministerial exemption for rail safety workers who were unable to undertake periodic health assessments due to COVID-19, while ensuring the appropriate safety measures were in place until the health assessments could be undertaken.
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