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2017 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition – Winner to attend Innotrans 2018 in Berlin, Germany


With close to $60 billion in committed investment scheduled for the Australian rail industry over the next five years, now is the time to identify, promote and advance your ideas of the future.

Are you a railway professional who is 30 years or under?

Do you have an idea that could revolutionise the rail industry?

Submit your 400 to 600 word concept for an opportunity to be flown to Brisbane to pitch your innovative idea to rail leaders in Australia and New Zealand who are keen to hear from forward-looking thinkers. The winner will receive a package to attend Innotrans 2018 in Berlin, Germany including return economy airfares and four night’s accommodation.

The rail industry is a significant contributor to Australia’s economic and social objectives. We invite concepts that target any aspect of rail – technical and engineering, customer service, strategic business planning, marketing, commercial technological opportunities, etc. If you have an idea that may increase rail’s safety, improve engineering or maintenance practices, better rail’s performance records or ultimately offer freight or passenger customers an improved service – we want to hear from you.

Submit your innovative idea, large or small and contribute to the rail sector’s future.

Entries are open until 5pm AEST on Friday 7 July. 

To review the 2016 inaugural AusRAIL Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition please click here.


Entries must be 400-600 words and include a concept title, name/contact details, institution and qualification underway/completed (including completion date), the issue being addressed and the solution/idea proposed. Final presentations can include multi and/or mixed media.


A distinguished judging panel will review entries and select finalists based on the benefits, quality and relevance of the innovative idea. No feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.

Eligibility: Young railway professionals*

Open to all railway professionals who are 30 years or under (as at 21 November 2017).

5 Finalists will be announced in August 2017 and receive return economy airfares to Brisbane from their hometown city in Australia to attend AusRAIL PLUS 2017, four night’s accommodation and complimentary attendance to the event, including the RTAA Yellow Tie and Gala Dinners.
5 Finalists will be given 5-10 minutes to present their ideas and respond to judges’ questions at the AusRAIL Conference as part of the program on 23 November 2017. Both the conference audience and the judging panel will participate in selecting the winning finalist.

The winner will be announced at the AusRAIL PLUS Gala Dinner on 23 November 2017, and will receive a package to attend Innotrans 2018 in Berlin, including return economy airfares and four night’s accommodation.

About AusRAIL

AusRAIL PLUS 2017 is the Australasian Railway Association’s annual premier industry event and the largest rail conference in the Southern Hemisphere. This year, AusRAIL is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 November under the theme ‘Rail’s Digital Revolution’.