National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers

The NTC is undertaking a review of the 2017 edition of the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers (the Standard).

The draft revised Standard, now open to formal submissions, has been developed based on extensive consultation with medical professionals and specialists, jurisdictions, rail industry, rail unions, rail safety regulators, Office of Best Practice Regulation and the Rail Industry Worker group. 
 

Project background

The health assessment standard is used to assess medical conditions that may impact a rail safety worker’s ability to perform their duties safely. We’re reviewing medical aspects of the standard to make sure it reflects the latest knowledge and medical practices. 

Rail operators accredit doctors and other health professionals to perform the assessments. Accredited health professionals then carry out the assessments using the Standard.
We review the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers every five years.

Engagement

Since March 2022, the NTC has undertaken extensive engagement to identify, understand and resolve issues with the Standard. 

We have also shared iterations of the revised draft Standard and model forms with Chief Medical Officers Council (CMOC), Rail Health Advisory Group (RHAG) and working group stakeholders and addressed feedback received to date.

The NTC established a Rail Health Advisory Group as a forum for consideration of proposals to amend the Standard.

Our approach

Who we engaged with

  • CMOC and held several informal meetings with individual Chief Medical Officers
  • RHAG comprising medical professionals, jurisdictions, rail regulators, unions and the rail industry and explored issues via an issues paper and agenda papers 
  • Rail Industry Worker Group to understand out-of-scope issues (listed in section 8 of the consultation report. The final consultation report will include recommendations about how they may be addressed.)

Our working groups

We have also convened five working groups on the topics:

  • cardiovascular issues 
  • diabetes
  • hearing
  • neurodevelopmental disorders
  • sleep disorders.
     

Listening to subject matter experts

We have spoken to the subject matter experts to get advice on chapters relevant to them including:

  • Audiology Australia
  • Australasian Sleep Association
  • Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • Diabetes Society of Australia
  • Cardiac Society of Australia. 

Regulatory advice

We also engaged the Office of Best Practice Regulation to provide advice on the proposed changes to the sleep screening criteria and whether a regulation impact statement is required.
 

How to participate

The NTC is seeking feedback from the public on the revised draft Standard. Read the consultation report on this page and have your say below. 

Submissions close on Monday 12 December 2022.

Have your say

Consultation Report - Review of the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers

PUBLISHED ON 31 Oct 2022

We are seeking views on the draft revised National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers and questions in the accompanying consultation report.


Timeline

Sep 2021
Researching
Mar 2022
Analysing issues
Jul 2022
Drafting guidelines
Oct 2022
Consulting on guidelines
Dec 2022
Preparing recommendations for ministers
May 2023
Delivering recommendations to ministers
Jun 2023
Publication

Contact us

Project manager Jeremy Wolter
Contact email jwolter@ntc.gov.au