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Rail Safety National Law Application Act 2013

The Rail Safety National Law Application Act 2013 (national law application Act) provides the essential foundation for the operation of a national rail safety scheme in Victoria by applying the South Australian based rail safety national law as the law of Victoria.

The national law application Act:

  • satisfies the intergovernmental agreement by applying the national rail safety law thereby enabling Victoria to join the national rail safety regulation scheme
  • empowers an Adelaide-based national regulator to oversee the safety performance of most of Victoria's railways
  • provides for an appropriate degree of continuing local involvement in rail safety regulation in Victoria through the use of a service level agreement and delegations between the national rail safety regulator and Victoria's existing rail safety regulator
  • derogates from the national law in limited areas to avoid a significant additional red tape burden on Victoria's freight terminal managers and the regional rail link project
  • adjusts local legislation, including the functions and powers of Victoria's Chief Investigator, Transport Safety, to facilitate the operation of a national rail safety investigator.

Page last reviewed on 15 May 2015

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