Partner Associations & Steering Committee Members
Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail
In Queensland we get rail. And so we should, we have been delivering rail services for over 150 years. Queensland’s rail network has grown a bit since 1864 when construction began on the first section of railway from Ipswich to Grandchester. Now, with over 9,000 km of rail across the state delivering people, resources and freight from the country to the city, from paddock to port, rail has forged Queensland into the great state that it has become today.
But we don’t just look back; in Queensland we look to the future. The Queensland Government is committed building a strong future for the rail industry with more than one billion dollars allocated for rail infrastructure improvements in 2017-18 alone. Projects such as New Generation Rollingstock (NGR), the Coomera to Helensville Rail line duplication and the Gold Coast Light Rail (Stage 2) are all part of the Queensland Government’s plan to deliver the benefits of rail for all Queenslanders for years to come.
Rail has a bright future – that’s why the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail are proud to sponsor AusRAIL PLUS 2017 and Rail Careers Week. Over 150 years, generations of Queenslanders have ‘worked on the rail’ and encouraging the next generation to choose a career in rail is paramount not only to rail’s success, but the success of Queensland.
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Downer EDI Limited (Downer) is a leading provider of services to customers in markets including: Transport; Utilities; Rail; Engineering, Construction and Maintenance (EC&M); and Mining.
Downer employs about 19,000 people, mostly in Australia and New Zealand but also in the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Southern Africa.
At Downer, customers are at the heart of everything we do. It’s the trusted relationships we build with our customers, colleagues and communities that allow us to create and sustain our modern environment.
Our Purpose, Promise and Pillars
Our business is founded on four Pillars that support our Promise and our Purpose. These Pillars are:
– Thought Leadership
We exist to create and sustain the modern environment by building trusted relationships with our public and private sector customers.
To work closely with our customers to help them succeed, using world-leading insights and solutions.
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As the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains, we’ve built an extensive and diverse portfolio of winning mobility solutions. Everywhere people travel by land and in the air, a Bombardier product is ready to transport them. From category-defining business jets and commercial aircraft designed for the challenges of today, to sleek high speed trains and public transit that’s smarter than ever.
But it’s not just our products and services that make us a global leader. The most important success factor is our employees, all 66,000 of them. Together we’re focused on making mobility more efficient, sustainable and inviting than ever before. We call it The Evolution of Mobility.
Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, we posted revenues of $16.3 billion.
The skill of building a modern railway rests with integrating many engineering disciplines. We have experts in railway systems, rolling stock, rail operations, asset management and infrastructure construction, renewal and maintenance. We have developed recognised industry expertise in systems engineering, systems integration and assurance. Our systems engineering allows for the packaging of complex engineering projects into manageable components across a project lifecycle. These packages detail the customer requirements as specifications, which are continually verified during each phase of the project life-cycle. Our systems integration approach enables John Holland to be a true turnkey provider. Our operations and maintenance expertise along with our complex rail project interface and integration skills provide us with the knowledge and approach to seamlessly transition from construction into operations and maintenance. Our engineering lifecycle philosophy is aligned with the European Committee for Electro Technical Standardisation (CENELEC). We apply advanced simulation techniques to develop solutions for our customers.
Together with our customers we innovate to deliver greater productivity, optimising operations and performance, maximising asset utilisation.
Thales transport solutions focus on: Improving transport safety and security, Increasing network capacity, Delivering greater productivity, Enhancing reliability Optimising operations, Maximising the return on investment from new and existing infrastructure. Thales Australia’s transportation solutions are backed by extensive systems design, testing and integration, project management and through life support capabilities.
AusRAIL Steering Committee
Australasian Railway Association (ARA)
As the peak body representing rail in Australia and New Zealand, the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is pleased to host AusRAIL PLUS 2017 in Brisbane.
The ARA is a not-for-profit, member-based association that represents passenger, freight and light rail through Australia and New Zealand. ARA members include rail operators, track owners and managers, manufacturers, construction companies, suppliers and other rail companies in Australasia.
As well as shaping policy in the areas of passenger, freight, rail safety regulatory reform, the environment, technology and research, the ARA is involved in programs aimed at improving the productivity, capacity and overall safety of the Australasian rail industry.
The ARA provides services and expertise in many areas, including:
- Policy and advocacy standards, codes of practice and guidelines
- Rail workforce development
- Industry training
- Conferences, forums and courses
- Industry networking
- Leadership events
To learn more about the ARA and its current projects, please visit
Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE)
The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) is the only International organisation for railway professionals involved with signalling, train control systems, associated areas of systems engineering along with telecommunications and related disciplines. Formed in 1912 with its headquarters in London, the IRSE has over 6,000 members Worldwide. The Australasian Section of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSEA) was formed in 1947 and its steadily growing membership. The National IRSEA Committee is currently chaired by Glenn Miller, Vice Chair Kaniyur Sundareswaran. There are a number of sub committees including the Professional Education Committee, an Operations Committee, plus Younger Members’ Society. The IRSE exists to expand knowledge, advance skills and competencies and to encourage high standards of professionalism for the benefit of its members and the Rail Industry.
For more information of the IRSE’s unique mix of professional development, networking opportunities, and technical meetings across the World please go to the website www.irse.org.au
Railway Technical Society Australasia (RTSA)
The Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) is a joint Technical Society of Engineers Australia and IPENZ New Zealand, formed to further the interests of the railway industry at large and its individual participants. The RTSA is a non-profit organisation and was established in 1997 for the purpose of promoting the co-operation of academic, industrial, commercial and governmental organisations in relation to the practice and advancement of railway technology and management in Australasia.
It seeks the advancement of the rail industry through excellence in rail engineering and technology and through its industry and community education programs.
Education and research are key elements of a sustainable rail transport industry and to this end the RTSA is a sponsor of the CRC in Railway Engineering and Technology. The RTSA conduct the regular bi-annual conference on Railway Excellence (CORE) and conduct Study Tours of Railway Engineering (STORE) to further the technical understanding of its members.
The Rail Track Association Australia (RTAA)
The Rail Track Association Australia, (RTAA) is dedicated to “pursuing and promoting the interests of railway infrastructure within the Australian rail sector”. With a proud history which began in 1973, the RTAA brings together owners, contractors, consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, academics, research and development personnel, regulators and individuals who are part of the Australian rail infrastructure community. Members come from all walks of the industry and include individuals and corporate bodies.
Looking to the future, the RTAA key priorities are:
DIVERSITY: to broaden the appeal of rail for women, young people and indigenous people
NATIONAL: to be a truly national organisation
STANDARDS: to participate in the establishment of uniform track standards
KNOWLEDGE: to promote grassroots knowledge sharing from one generation to the next.
The RTAA is currently promoting the highly successful rail industry Field Days event. Our seventh event will be held in March 2017 in conjunction with Sydney Trains, part of Transport for NSW. The Field Days event is a significant outdoor display of the industry’s rail infrastructure, construction and maintenance equipment. It demonstrates the latest technology as well as the pride of the Australian rail industry. Participation is open to anyone with an interest in railways, whether as a visitor or exhibitor – all are welcome to be part of this prestigious event.
For more information about the RTAA and how to get involved please visit our website www.rtaa.org.au
Official AusRAIL PLUS 2017 Event Guide
The Official AusRAIL PLUS 2017 Event Guide is the onsite reference publication that includes the main conference and exhibition sponsored seminar programs, networking function information, floorplan map and exhibitors lists, to assist delegates and visitors with locating business partners and clients, as well as the exhibitors bios and product and service listings for a post event supplier directory. It is heavily referred to throughout the 3 days of the event and an exceptional publication for advertising exposure to all of our event attendees. For advertising opportunities, please e-mail Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rail Express is a free daily news service providing coverage of the Australasian freight, passenger and below rail sectors. Rail Express breaks the latest industry news as it happens whilst providing opinion and analysis of the issues, events and challenges faced by rail businesses, operators and suppliers.
To read the latest news or register for our free daily email newswire, visit us online at:
Track + Signal
Track + Signal magazine is the only quarterly print magazine servicing the rail industry in Australasia and is independently owned and operated. Their mission is to provide a service to the Australasian railway industry by promoting industry achievements and capability, independent opinions and ideas, events and related functions. Track + Signal readers include CEOs, senior executives and other key staff in private and publically owned railways and their supplier companies throughout Australia, New Zealand and the APAC region.
Railway Gazette International
The Railway Gazette group is the leading provider of business management and technical information for the world’s railway industry, offering an extensive range of print, digital and online news and data resources. These are read and respected by railway operators and suppliers in more than 140 countries.
The Railway Gazette portfolio includes the market-leading monthly magazine Railway Gazette International, which covers every aspect of the rail mode, and the quarterly Metro Report International serving the urban rail sector. They also publish Rail Business Intelligence for the UK rail market, and the definitive Railway Directory.
International Railway Journal
IRJ – The World’s railway magazine
International Railway Journal – IRJ – was launched in 1960 as the world’s first magazine reporting on the railway industry worldwide. Half a century later, IRJ maintains its position as the world’s brightest and best international railway magazine, covering all aspects of the world’s railways and transit systems.
IRJ has an average qualified circulation of 10,604* rail professionals. 95% of their qualified circulation is requested. With our impartial coverage, superior design, expert editorial team, and high-value readership, no other global railway magazine comes close.
IRJ’s industry-leading website carries the most up-to-date news of any international railway publication and the site’s channel structure takes readers to the topics which are most relevant to them: www.railjournal.com
Published every month since May 1963, Railway Digest is Australia’s largest-selling rail title. A broad-spectrum railway magazine, it covers a wide range of subjects; including rail industry issues, economics & politics, operations, rail travel, locomotives & rolling stock, signalling & infrastructure and heritage & tourism.
For the last 20 years Rail Professional in the UK has delivered a thought-provoking and in-depth analysis of the rail industry. We are an informative and engaging resource offering content relating to a whole range of business areas within rail.
Exciting and major developments have taken place within Asia Pacific railways including numerous projects in development and construction, which represent billions of dollars in investment and spending.
January 2016 saw the launch of Rail Professional in both South East Asia and the Asia Pacific region. Rail personnel working in this area will now be up-to-date with the latest industry news from a single dedicated railway business resource.
Global Railway Review
Global Railway Review is the leading bi-monthly technical journal for the International rail industry covering topics including infrastructure, rolling stock, track maintenance, GSM-R and permanent way machinery.
Designed to address new technologies and developments within this highly important and rapidly increasing industry, Global Railway Review is essential reading for anyone involved in the International railway business. Every issue offers a high level of individual technical and business contributions from leading global rail industry specialists. ABC audited, Global Railway Review is regularly distributed to over 14,000 readers in print and digital across the globe.
Infrastructure is a powerful new communication tool for the Australian infrastructure industry.
Uniting the whole infrastructure supply chain, Infrastructure brings together the asset owners, statutory bodies, consulting engineers and first-tier contractors.
Infrastructure magazine is integrated across print and online, with individual channels and newsletters providing information for the rail, road, airport, port and utility sectors.