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Freight transport safety has improved in recent years but a sustained focus is needed to continue to reduce safety incidents, and the impacts on people and property.


We are working with government and industry to implement the NSW Road Safety Strategy 2012-2021. The strategy includes the following initiatives focused on heavy vehicles:

  • Target crash risk assessment on higher volume roads, using the route safety review process across the key freight routes
  • Consult with industry with a view to bringing forward technologies that deliver a significant safety outcome, including vehicle-to-vehicle technologies and Intelligent Speed Adaptation trials.
  • The trial of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems in the Illawarra region, south of Sydney, where heavy vehicle drivers receive safety messages about upcoming hazards and potential crashes. The Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative (CITI) is the only large-scale CITS testbed dedicated to heavy vehicles in the world.
  • Improve heavy vehicle compliance through targeted enforcement to address speeding, fatigue, drug impairment and distraction in a partnership approach between Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Police, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, SafeWork NSW and industry.
  • Work with industry to further develop workplace safety messages for heavy vehicle operators.
  • Work with the industry and associations (in the whole supply chain) to develop effective communications to strengthen awareness of objectives associated with Chain of Responsibility legislation. 
  • Transport planning to consider heavy vehicle routes around ports and the provision of rest areas to meet heavy vehicle needs on major routes.
  • Extensively promote a heavy vehicle safety feature guide to encourage the introduction of safer trucks and the uptake of safety technology across the transport sector.

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We are supporting the work of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) to implement national rail safety reforms that improve safety, reduce red tape and deliver more consistency and certainty for industry.

We also work with the National Transport Commission and the other jurisdictions to ensure that the Rail Safety National Law is effectively maintained.

The ONRSR has responsibility for regulatory oversight of rail safety law in NSW, Tasmania, Northern Territory, Victoria, the ACT and Western Australia. Queensland is expected to join the national framework in 2017.

Find out more from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.


Transport for NSW works to ensure there are mechanisms in place to maintain high standards of marine safety and environmental protection in the trading ports and coastal waters of NSW.

We issue the Port Safety Operating Licence (PSOL) to the Port Authority of New South Wales on behalf of the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight under the Ports and Maritime Administration Act 1995 (PAMA). The PSOL covers all the port safety functions that must be undertaken in the NSW designated ports of Eden,

Port Kembla, Port Botany, Sydney Harbour, Newcastle and Yamba.

For the smaller ports not administered by the Port Authority, we undertake the safety functions of Harbour Master, when required, for trading ships and cruise vessels. The Centre for Maritime Safety and Roads and Maritime Services look after the safety aspects of smaller commercial and recreational vessel operations.

We are also responsible for overseeing safety legislation for the handling and movement of dangerous goods in port areas.

The safety and health standards for the State’s marine pilots are laid out in the NSW Marine Pilotage Code which is written and published by TfNSW.

TfNSW represents NSW on state and national port safety committees and working groups including the Ports Australia operations working group, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s working groups for vessel traffic services and vessel tracking, and the Sydney Cove safety working group.

We are also involved in reviewing the governance aspects of all ports in NSW and State Waters, ensuring that best practice is used in their operational and safety management.

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