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WA bureaucrat Susan McCarrey to head rail safety body

A senior transport bureaucrat from Western Australia has been named the head of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

Susan McCarrey, the deputy director-general of policy, planning and investment at WA’s Department of Transport, will take up the post overseeing urban passenger rail networks and interstate freight operations.

Federal Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Warren Truss says McCarrey won an international search due to her experience in the rail industry, government policy and regulatory reform.

“She will play a leading role in continuing the safety and productivity reforms achieved through co-operation between federal, state and territory governments,” he said.

New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Nortern Territory have all passed National Rail Safety Law designed to harmonise cross-border regulations. Legislation is expected to pass the WA and ACT parliaments in the near future.

Rob Andrews departs the CEO role after heading up the body since it began in 2013.

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