The NZ Transport Agency has primary regulatory responsibility for rail safety in New Zealand. The Rail Safety team has a critical regulatory role in assuring stakeholders and the public that the country's rail networks are being managed safely.
The safe operation of rail transport services across New Zealand is achieved through regulation of the rail industry in accordance with the Railways Act 2005(external link) (referred to as the Act). This mostly involves issuing licences and undertaking a range of compliance activities to assess the safety approach and performance of rail licence holders.
The purpose of the Rail Safety regulatory operating model is to: