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Level Crossing and Track Safety

Australia's rail network is the sixth largest in the world, with 44,000km of track and 23,500 level crossings across the network. Railway level crossing safety remains one of the industry’s highest safety priorities.

Rail Suicide

Annually there are 150 fatalities resulting from rail suicide and an additional 1,000 attempts, many of which result in serious injury.  


Every year there are around 136 trespass incidents causing death or serious injury on the rail network.  Additionally, there are over 4,200 near hits resulting from trespass.

Level Crossings

There are 130 pedestrian level crossing incidents causing death or serious injury every year and an additional 20 collisions with vehicles. That is 150 in total level crossing collisions causing death or injury. To access the National Railway Level Crossing Safety Strategy 2017 – 2020 please click here.