The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is wholly owned by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and is responsible for the development and management of the rail industry standards, rules, codes of practice and guidelines, all of which have national application.
Originally established on 16 June 2003 as the Code Management Company it was renamed RISSB on 17 October 2007.
RISSB is a not for profit company limited by guarantee which does not have a share capital and which is required to apply the whole of its income and assets to achieving the listed objectives in its constitution.
The RISSB is accredited by ABSDO as a Standards Development Organisation, and all new standards commenced by RISSB after 31 July 2007 are published as Australian Standards.
The objects for which the Company is established are:
RISSB works collaboratively with the Australian rail industry to harmonise safety practices across the country.
RISSB is an accredited Standards Development Organisation (SDO) with The Australian Board of Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO). All standards produced by the RISSB are Australian Standards. The standard development process is rigorous and transparent and the same principles are applied in developing other RISSB products.
RISSB products are developed in close consultation with industry subject matter experts. These experts participate in development groups that are pivotal in ensuring RISSB’s final products represent ‘good’ industry practice.