A comprehensive and accessible rail transport system is an important link in the Australian transport chain that joins communities and strengthens industry.
The Department assists the Government to manage its rail investments and to oversee the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and the Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited. The Department also assists the Government, working collaboratively with states and territories on an agreed national model for rail safety legislation and associated regulations.
This section includes the history and future of Australia’s rail network. Information about high speed trains and urban public transport can also be found here.
The Australian Government has committed to building a new key piece of national infrastructure by constructing an Inland Railway between Melbourne and Brisbane via central-west NSW and Toowoomba.
This page provides links to information on the transportation of dangerous goods in Australia and details on rail safety investigations by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).
Information about rail programmes in progress throughout Australia.
Unlike the aviation and maritime industries, where security regulation is the primary responsibility of the Australian Government, surface transport security, including rail, light rail, buses, and passenger ferries, is the responsibility of the state or territory in which the service is located.
Information on the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and the National Law.
Infrastructure Investment is the Australian Government’s policy for improved planning and accelerated development of Australia’s land transport infrastructure
This page contains statistical information about trains and railways.
A listing of departmental publications related to Australia’s national rail system.