Third party access

The Queensland Rail Third Party Access team manages all short term corridor access and construction licences, and agreements relating to the installation and maintenance of third party services and infrastructure (Wayleaves) on land controlled by Queensland Rail.

The rail corridor is a dangerous environment; the laws that apply to working within operational rail corridor or on land that adjoins a rail corridor impose a higher standard of duty of care than in other environments. As the railway manager, Queensland Rail must subject all applications for third party access to a formal review process to ensure they comply with Queensland Rail’s strict technical requirements and safety protocols.

Wayleaves

A Wayleave is an agreement that governs the installation, ownership and maintenance of third party services and infrastructure (e.g. electrical cables, telecommunications or pipelines) that cross over or under the Queensland Rail corridor.

To apply for a Wayleave, please submit a Wayleave application form (PDF | DOC) and include all the required supporting documentation that it requests. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If your project is still in concept, an Wayleave "Approval in Principle" application (PDF | DOC) may be made to confirm that your preliminary plans and proposed infrastructure alignment would be acceptable to Queensland Rail.

Access to land controlled by Queensland Rail

If you need to access land controlled by Queensland Rail for any reason, or if you are working on land that adjoins a rail corridor and in close proximity to any rail infrastructure (e.g. private development works), you must have a licence. If you are applying for a Wayleave, you do not need to apply for a separate licence.

To apply for a licence, please submit a Licence application form (PDF | DOC) and include all the required supporting documentation that it requests. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Training requirements

Unless otherwise advised by Queensland Rail, all entrants to the rail corridor must have completed Safely Access the Rail Corridor (SARC) training. Entrants must present this qualification card to a Queensland Rail protection officer before entering the rail corridor.

The SARC qualification does not allow access to the rail corridor without the supervision of a protection officer. All access to the rail corridor must be approved by Queensland Rail Third Party Access team and supervised by a protection officer.

For more information, or to book training, please visit the Centre for Excellence in Rail Training (CERT) website.

Fees and charges

All applications for Wayleaves and licences attract fees. As a minimum, Queensland Rail charges an application fee in order to recover its administrative cost of assessing your application – a schedule of fees is provided on the application form. Mid to long term access licences may also attract commercial rent, which will be quoted upon application.

It is important to note that application fees do not guarantee approval, and that all fees are non-refundable – even if an application is unsuccessful or withdrawn.

Application review process

All applications are subject to a formal Queensland Rail review process to ensure they comply with Queensland Rail’s strict technical requirements and safety protocols. The review process generally takes between 4 and 6 weeks from the date a complete and compliant application is submitted, however this may take longer depending on the complexity of the application and quality of information provided.

All application forms must be completed in full, and be accompanied by all supporting documentation that it requests. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will delay the review process.

Application form downloads

  • Wayleave application form (PDF | DOC)
  • Wayleave "Approval in Principle" application form (PDF | DOC)
  • Licence application form (PDF | DOC)

Technical requirement downloads

  • CIVIL-SR-016 – Services Under Railway Property (PDF | DOC)
  • CIVIL-SR-002 – Work in or about Queensland Rail property (PDF | DOC)
  • CIVIL-SR-003 – Work adjacent to overhead line equipment (PDF | DOC)

Note: Information provided on this page and within associated documents is subject to change at any time without notice.

More information

For more information, please contact a member of the Third Party Access team:
Phone: 07 3072 2133
Email: qrpropertywayleaves@qr.com.au