History of ALCAM

Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model (ALCAM) is an assessment tool used to identify key potential risks at level crossings and to assist in the prioritisation of crossings for upgrades. It provides a process for decision making for level crossings safety improvements;


  • ALCAM, originally known as ‘Risk Scoring Matrix’, was developed in 1999. In 2002, the matrix was re-named as ALCAM, and a national committee was established to ensure its consistency of development and implementation;


  • ALCAM was endorsed at the May 2003 Australian Transport Council Meeting. All State & Territory Ministers agreed to adopt this innovative method of level crossing risk assessment;


  • In 2004, a Microsoft Access database was developed (Level Crossing Management System – LXM) to maintain data and run assessments. This LXM system was adopted formally by the ALCAM committee. In 2014, the LXM system was redeveloped into a web application. 


  • Significant redevelopment of the ALCAM has taken place over the last 3 years.  A new ALCAM comprising new Traffic Exposure Model, Infrastructure Model and Consequence Model has been developed and accepted by the national committee;


  • Both the new ALCAM and the new LXM (i.e. online database) were released in late 2014.