New CEO for National Rail Safety Regulator

Media Release

WT224/2014

03 November 2014

Joint release with:

Stephen Mullighan

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Deputy Prime and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan today announced the appointment of Ms Susan McCarry as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).

“Ms McCarrey will oversee Australia's urban passenger rail networks and interstate freight operations,” Mr Truss said.

“She will play a leading role in continuing the safety and productivity reforms achieved through cooperation between federal, state and territory governments.

“Ms McCarrey currently serves as Deputy Director-General, Policy, Planning and Investment within the Department of Transport in Western Australia. Her experience in the rail industry, expertise in government policy and regulatory reform processes will benefit the ONRSR.

Ms McCarrey's appointment follows a national and international search process and the unanimous endorsement of responsible ministers of the Transport and Infrastructure Council.

Mr Mullighan said Ms McCarrey replaced the outgoing National Regulator and CEO, Mr Rob Andrews.

“Mr Andrews has headed up the ONRSR since it started operations in 2013 and has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the regulator in its early years,” Mr Mullighan said.

Currently New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have passed National Rail Safety Law through state and territory legislation.

Legislation is expected to pass the Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory Parliaments in the near future.

The National Rail Safety reforms will create a single safety regulator with one set of national regulations, making rail transport operate safer and more seamless by reducing unnecessary red tape and duplication.