New Safety, Environment and Regulation division

After we announced the proposed changes to our operating model, you told us we could improve how we’re set up to deliver safety across the Transport cluster.

In response, we began a review to look at the optimal arrangements for our safety, environment and regulation activities.

We know accountability for the activities that shape safety, environmental, asset assurance and regulatory outcomes is complex and sometimes unclear under Transport’s current arrangements.

The original purpose of the Regulation division was to ensure the safe operation of our networks. Based on your feedback, we are now strengthening and building on this original intent. Bringing together RMS and TfNSW has given us the opportunity to reshape and better integrate our safety, environment and regulation functions, giving them greater focus and prominence.

What did the review find?

With advice from external specialists, supported by input from our own subject matter experts – together with staff feedback – we have re-assessed arrangements for these critical functions, and identified benefits in bringing teams focused on safety, environment and asset assurance together with our regulatory functions.

The new combined division will give our safety, environment and regulation related teams, and the passionate people working in them, a common focus for their activities, clearer accountabilities and a better understanding of how they contribute to our overall vision for transport.

Clearer articulation was recommended of the accountabilities between this new division and operational safety, environment and assurance functions within the customer and infrastructure divisions. It was also recommended to establish a small team focused on top level assurance of safety management systems within the Office of the Secretary. These recommendations will be considered as part of the organisational design of the new division, which will use co-design principles and involve both the new division’s teams and teams with expertise from other transport disciplines.

What is the focus of this new division?

  • Provides a single point of coordination for safety and environmental outcomes across the cluster
  • Promotes through research, policy, standards, education, monitoring and enforcing:
    • The safety of our customers, our community, our staff and our supply chains
    • Sustainability outcomes and environmental compliance
    • Appropriate asset standards relevant to all modes of transport
    • An outcomes based approach to regulatory activities
  • Delivers regulatory programs and other whole of government services eg school crossing supervisors
  • Brings together multi-modal experts to provide advice and support to frontline teams across Transport
  • Provides clearer accountabilities, better coordination and reduced overlaps.

Who are the teams in the new division?

The following teams will move into the new division on 1 July:

  • RMS Compliance and Regulatory Services
  • TfNSW Centres for Road and Maritime Safety
  • TfNSW Asset Standards Authority (ASA)
  • RMS Environment
  • RMS Safety

Post 1 July

Like other divisions after 1 July, the teams that will move into Safety, Environment and Regulation will work together with their division leader to identify ways they can be organised and how they can best work together.

During the organisational design of the new division, teams with expertise from other transport disciplines will also be engaged, such as safety and environment teams in our projects, to help inform ways of working and accountabilities for the benefit of the cluster, our customers and the community.

After we announced the proposed changes to our operating model, you told us we could improve how we’re set up to deliver safety across the Transport cluster.

In response, we began a review to look at the optimal arrangements for our safety, environment and regulation activities.

We know accountability for the activities that shape safety, environmental, asset assurance and regulatory outcomes is complex and sometimes unclear under Transport’s current arrangements.

The original purpose of the Regulation division was to ensure the safe operation of our networks. Based on your feedback, we are now strengthening and building on this original intent. Bringing together RMS and TfNSW has given us the opportunity to reshape and better integrate our safety, environment and regulation functions, giving them greater focus and prominence.

What did the review find?

With advice from external specialists, supported by input from our own subject matter experts – together with staff feedback – we have re-assessed arrangements for these critical functions, and identified benefits in bringing teams focused on safety, environment and asset assurance together with our regulatory functions.

The new combined division will give our safety, environment and regulation related teams, and the passionate people working in them, a common focus for their activities, clearer accountabilities and a better understanding of how they contribute to our overall vision for transport.

Clearer articulation was recommended of the accountabilities between this new division and operational safety, environment and assurance functions within the customer and infrastructure divisions. It was also recommended to establish a small team focused on top level assurance of safety management systems within the Office of the Secretary. These recommendations will be considered as part of the organisational design of the new division, which will use co-design principles and involve both the new division’s teams and teams with expertise from other transport disciplines.

What is the focus of this new division?

  • Provides a single point of coordination for safety and environmental outcomes across the cluster
  • Promotes through research, policy, standards, education, monitoring and enforcing:
    • The safety of our customers, our community, our staff and our supply chains
    • Sustainability outcomes and environmental compliance
    • Appropriate asset standards relevant to all modes of transport
    • An outcomes based approach to regulatory activities
  • Delivers regulatory programs and other whole of government services eg school crossing supervisors
  • Brings together multi-modal experts to provide advice and support to frontline teams across Transport
  • Provides clearer accountabilities, better coordination and reduced overlaps.

Who are the teams in the new division?

The following teams will move into the new division on 1 July:

  • RMS Compliance and Regulatory Services
  • TfNSW Centres for Road and Maritime Safety
  • TfNSW Asset Standards Authority (ASA)
  • RMS Environment
  • RMS Safety

Post 1 July

Like other divisions after 1 July, the teams that will move into Safety, Environment and Regulation will work together with their division leader to identify ways they can be organised and how they can best work together.

During the organisational design of the new division, teams with expertise from other transport disciplines will also be engaged, such as safety and environment teams in our projects, to help inform ways of working and accountabilities for the benefit of the cluster, our customers and the community.