Rail Safety National Law and OHS Legislation – Obligations for Engineers and Designers

9.00am — 12.15pm , 28 February 2023
, Online


This event will take place in AEDT time.

An Engineering Education Australia Virtual Workshop:

About this course

Under the provisions of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and Victorian Rail Safety National Law Application Act, ARO is required to demonstrate safety due diligence. That is, to eliminate risks to health and safety so far as is reasonably practicable (SFAIRP), and if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate risks to health and safety, to reduce those risks SFAIRP.

Mere compliance with legislation and regulation does not make anything safe in reality. The laws of nature concerning rail safety issues need to be established first and then such hazards safely managed to the satisfaction of the laws of man. Doing this in this order demonstrates (SFAIRP) safety due diligence.

This course will outline the paradigm shift from hazard-based risk management to the precautionary approach enshrined in the legislation.

We will also detail the process that will enable organisations to demonstrate safety due diligence in ways useful to engineers and designers so that senior decision-makers can make diligent decisions.


Learning outcomes

  • Understand the legal duties of directors to demonstrate due diligence under the provisions of Rail Safety National Law and the Victorian OHS Act.
  • Learn what constitutes due diligence under Australian High Court case (common) law.
  • Determine what risk management technique(s) can be used to establish due diligence, and in which circumstances.
  • Provide an understanding that legislative and regulatory compliance ≠ due diligence, especially for safety matters.
  • Understand that, to demonstrate safety due diligence and how single line threat-barrier diagrams based on case law studies assist designers and decision-makers.


Is this course for you?

This course suits engineers across all disciplines, especially engineers involved in the rail industry.

Other relevant roles include:

  • Designers
  • Project Managers


Engineering Education Australia's Virtual Workshops

A Virtual Workshop is a structured live online classroom-style delivery method for training and professional development. For the optimal online learning experience, Virtual Workshops are interactive and use tools such as break-out rooms for discussions, activities based on practical case studies, and two-way communication.


Members: $389.01
Non-member: $457.66
Key speaker
Gaye Francis and Richard Robinson
Engineering Education Australia
Registration close
23 February 2023
11.59pm AEDT