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Access Terms and Requirements

1.1.Safety, Induction and PPE

Any person intending to access the AMPRN is required to complete a safety induction as well as adhere to the Rail Commissioner PPE Standards.

Evidence of the completed safety induction must be presented to gain entry to the AMPRN and be produced upon request.

1.2.Use of Rolling Stock

Network access that includes movement of any rolling stock must be in accordance with the AMPRN Rules and Procedures.

All rolling stock must be certified by a DIT accredited certifier in accordance with the applicable standard, including:

A copy of the compliance certificate/s is to be provided as part of the network access application.

Network access applications involving rolling stock are also required to include a plan of travel as follows:

  • list of all movements
  • start and end locations
  • on and off locations for hi rails
  • stabling locations if required
  • all operating conditions and restrictions applicable to the rolling stock

1.3.Ground Penetration Activities

If the work involves any ground penetration such as track boring, digging, trenching or installation of third party services then the application must provide details and drawings an must be in accordance with CS4-DOC-000888 (copy available on request or located on the DIT webpage/information and documents for contractors/public transport technical information).

Note: all ground penetration greater than 300mm in depth must be in accordance with TC1-DOC-000954 (PDF, 811 KB)

1.4.Electrical Network Safety

For access to, and work within, the electrified parts of the AMPRN the following requirements are required to be adhered with:

  • No plant, equipment or personnel are permitted to work within three (3) metres of the live infrastructure or overhead contact wire (See Appendix B for more detail).
  • Work that has the potential for plant/equipment or personnel to come within three (3) metres of the live infrastructure or overhead contact wire will require the overhead to be de-energised or isolated. The applicant will incur a cost for isolations.
  • A person responsible for electrical safety (PRES) is required for any work in the electrified environment that requires the overhead wire to be de-energised or isolated.
  • Where there is potential for the work to encroach the three (3) metre zone, the applicant must supply a SWMS or JSA.
  • If the height of the overhead wire is required to be known to manage the safety of the work or infrastructure then advice should be sought from the Team Leader Network Access.

1.5.Adjacent Rail Network

At various locations there is a shared corridor with other rail operators (i.e. ARTC and GWA). Where the work has the potential to impact another rail operator’s infrastructure within the shared corridor the applicant must ensure they comply with the other operator’s network access requirements.

Note: This is the not the responsibility of DIT Team Leader Network Access.

Protection Officers must hold track protection and rail safety competencies in accordance with the other rail operator’s requirements as well as hold a Rail Industry Worker (RIW) Card with a valid 'DPTI Operator' role.

1.6.Conditions of Access

  • Any incidents, hazards or safety breaches occurring in the rail corridor that may affect rail movements, infrastructure or the general public must be immediately reported to DIT network control on 8218 2232.
  • Work site safety is the responsibility of the contractor/third party carrying out the work. This includes ensuring that all persons who access a construction site are holders of a white card and have completed a site induction.
  • All workers and visitors accessing the rail corridor must be accompanied and protected by a DIT protection officer or an external contractor/sub-contractor that is certified and competent for track protection duties on the AMPRN (See Contract Protection Officer Standards ST-RC-NA-1072)
  • If the work has the potential to impact the public, advanced signage may need to be erected or posted to DIT requirements at the external applicant’s expense.
  • All persons accessing the rail corridor must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as follows:
    • A hi-vis orange safety vest or hi-vis long sleeve orange clothing that complies with Australian Safety Standards. The use of red or yellow safety vests and clothing are prohibited in the rail corridor.
    • Safety footwear that complies with Australian standards.
    • PPE required for the work to be carried out as per the contractors or applicants requirements.