The Queensland Rail third party access team manages proposals for development or building work on or near the rail corridor, access to the corridor for third party works, and proposals relating to the installation and maintenance of utility services and infrastructure (Wayleaves) on land controlled by Queensland Rail.
The rail corridor is a dangerous environment; the laws that apply to working around the rail corridor often impose different and higher standards than those that apply in other environments. As the railway manager, Queensland Rail must subject all applications for third party works to a formal review process to ensure they comply with Queensland Rail’s strict technical requirements and safety protocols.
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 land controlled by Queensland Rail.
To apply for a Wayleave, please submit a Wayleave application (PDF) and include all the required supporting documentation that it requests. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. If your project is still in concept, a Wayleave "approval in principle" application (PDF) may be made to seek confirmation that your preliminary plans and proposed infrastructure alignment would be acceptable to Queensland Rail.
Development, building work or other third party works
If you need to access land controlled by Queensland Rail for any reason, you will require a licence agreement which sets out the relevant terms and conditions.
If you are working on land that adjoins a rail corridor and your activities have the potential to interfere with the railway or any rail infrastructure, you must contact Queensland Rail to determine if a licence is required.
To apply for a licence, please submit a Licence application form (PDF) and include all the required supporting documentation that it requests. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Unless otherwise advised by Queensland Rail, all entrants to the rail corridor must have completed Safely Access the Rail Corridor (SARC) training and be able to present the qualification card upon request. The SARC qualification does not permit access to the rail corridor without the prior approval of the Queensland Rail third party access team.
For more information, or to book training, please visit the
Centre for Excellence in Rail Training (CERT) website.
Fees and charges
All applications for third party works applications attract fees. As a minimum, Queensland Rail charges an application fee to recover its administrative cost of assessing your application – a schedule of fees is provided on each application form. Some access licences may also attract rent, which will be calculated at commercial rates and 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.
Process and timeframes
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.
It is important to note that if your application is approved, additional time will then be required to schedule physical access and/or implement the safety controls identified by the formal review. These timeframes will vary and will be dependent on current workloads and schedules and the type of safety control required (for example, a track closure).
Note: Due to holiday closures and extended staff leave over the holiday period any applications received on or after Friday 20 December 2019 cannot be guaranteed to be reviewed within our standard processing times. Please take this into consideration when planning for submissions.
Application form downloads
- Wayleave application form for non Queensland Rail services (PDF)
- Wayleave "Approval in Principle" application form (PDF)
- Application for access to Queensland Rail land (PDF)
Technical requirement downloads
- CIVIL-SR-016 – Services Under Railway Property (PDF |
- CIVIL-SR-002 – Work in or about Queensland Rail property (PDF |
- CIVIL-SR-003 – Work adjacent to overhead line equipment (PDF |
Note: Information provided on this page and within associated documents is subject to change at any time without notice.
For more information, please contact a member of the Third Party Access team:
Phone: 07 3072 2133