2022 Rail Safety Week

Stand back. Look up. Stay Rail Safe

8-14 August 2022

Working together on rail safety is very important.  Over the last six years there has been on average 83 fatalities on the Australian rail network, with 71 of these people taking their own life.  As well, annually there are almost as many attempted suicides as suicides, around 27 injuries at level crossings or because of trespass and around 1,880 level crossing and trespass near hits.

Rail Safety Week is an annual community awareness week held in Australia & New Zealand, designed to engage the community in safe rail practices.

During Rail Safety Week, rail operators, police, government & community organisations unite by organising activities such as media events, safety demonstrations, webinars & virtual events, along with engaging schools & community groups to raise awareness of the importance of rail safety.

Vanessa Low OAM – TrackSAFE Rail Safety Ambassador

Rail Safety Week unites the rail workforce, police, government & community groups by encouraging commuters to be aware & alert on & around the rail network.

TrackSAFE’s Rail Safety Ambassador, Paralympian Vanessa Low OAM continues to support Rail Safety Week, sharing her lived experience as a rail accident survivor. When Vanessa was 15, she fell from an overcrowded platform & into the path of an oncoming train. Vanessa lost both her legs in the accident.

Vanessa features in TrackSAFE’s rail safety campaign, STAND BACK. LOOK UP. STAY RAIL SAFE, reminding people to avoid distractions and highlighting safe behaviours on and around rail.

Beyond Rail Safety Week each August, TrackSAFE continues to promote our campaign, encouraging the community to ‘Stay Rail Safe’ everyday.


Resources including; posters, videos and a variety of promotional assets are now available to download.

Art-files are available for co-branding.

If you’re planning activities or events this Rail Safety Week, we would love to hear from you.