Operational Readiness


Operational Readiness is an end-to-end process that covers all project delivery, business-related and operational requirements and activities.

Operational Readiness requires a progressive approach across the entire project life-cycle with key milestones aligned to the Project Stages. It defines and confirms the business, operational, asset and maintenance requirements.

Operational Readiness also provides a course for commissioning, handover and acceptance and assists to prevent, or minimise, additional costs, delays and safety risks at completion and handover. As shown in the diagram below.

The ARTC Completion and Handover Specification (COR-SP-001) and supporting Work Package Templates describes the Interstate Network’s completion and handover process for new Rail Infrastructure and identifies key requirements and Hold Points for the Project’s commissioning, completion and handover.

The size and complexity of the completion and handover process and deliverables will vary for each Project. The Operational Readiness process and requirements have been designed to be scalable and tailorable to meet individual Project’s delivery strategies and ARTC’s commissioning, completion and handover requirements for the Project.


  • Integrates the people, systems and processes to ensure a seamless handover and acceptance into ARTC operations and maintenance.
  • Ensures the assets align to and comply with ARTC standards, procedures, business rules and regulatory requirements.
  • Provides guidance and direction on ambiguities with regards to ARTC requirements.
  • Ensures that all ARTC operational, maintenance, asset, environment, community and business requirements are being delivered by the Project / Contractor.
  • Provides approval that the asset is ready to be commissioned into railway operations and ensures a safe and efficient completion and handover of the assets / project works
  • Ensures the integration and operation of the project works into ARTC’s Accreditation.

Operational Readiness Documentation

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