As both federal and state governments ramp up levels of investment in taxpayer funded rail projects, a critical issue arises as to whether or not we Australians are indeed getting the best value from the projects being undertaken.

Questions surround who is checking the quality of work performed, what the role of assurance personnel should be and whether or not these people should be independent or an integrated part of the project team. To be sure, little confusion exists when it comes to the actual safety of the…