Australia’s railways have mostly developed as isolated networks. Each network has developed their own standards and rules. Work has started on harmonising some standards. But there are still many different standards and rules for:
- rolling stock and components
- rail infrastructure
- communications and control systems.
Harmonising standards, rules and components will help rail networks across Australia operate seamlessly. It will improve productivity, interoperability and safety.
Harmonising standards will also help foster an increase in local manufacturing. This would reduce costs, create jobs and strengthen supply chains.
Harmonisation plan and economic analysis
The NTC has engaged the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board to work on a three-year harmonisation plan. Its goal is to drive greater alignment in areas that could support local manufacturing and drive down costs.
To get better evidence on the benefits of greater harmonisation, the NTC has commissioned an economic analysis.