Thank you to all the young professionals from across the rail industry who submitted their innovative ideas for revolutionizing rail in Australia.

We received a record number of entries that reflect the skills, passion and creativity of this inspiring new generation of talent across the sector.

Congratulations to the 2018 finalists:
Tyler Plowright, Operational Technology Engineer, Pacific National | Regional freight deliveries
Pranoy Banerjee, Advisor, CWG Project Services | Gamification of rail safety
Jessica Ghaleb, Track and Civil Engineer, Jacobs | Hands-free ticketing
Owen Plagens, Asset Strategy Engineer, Downer | Intelligent Seating Recommendation System (iSRS)
Henry Swisher, Strategic Consultant – Energy Markets, Jacobs | Producing hydrogen for Australia’s long distance freight network

Finalists have the opportunity to present their ideas to industry leaders at AusRAIL with the winner announced at the Gala Dinner.

Key dates for the 2018 AusRAIL Pitching Competition:

  • Monday 30 April: Competition opens
  • Friday 6 July: Deadline for competition entries
  • Monday 13 August: Finalists announced
  • Tuesday 27 November: Pitching Competition session on AusRAIL conference stage
  • Wednesday 28 November: Winner announced at 2018 AusRAIL Gala Dinner


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.
Entries will be judged by the AusRAIL Organising Committee on the benefits the idea could provide, its quality and relevance. The Organising Committee’s decision is final. No feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.

Eligibility: Young railway professionals*

Open to all railway professionals who are 30yrs or under (as at 27 November 2018).
**Flights to Canberra from within Australia only

Finalists will receive:

Finalists will be announced in August 2018 and receive return economy airfares to Canberra** from their hometown city in Australia to attend AusRAIL 2018, two nights’ accommodation and complimentary attendance to the event, including the Gala Dinner.
Finalists will be given 5-10 minutes to present their idea to rail CEO’s at the AusRAIL Conference as part of the program on 27 November 2018. The winner will be announced at the AusRAIL Gala Dinner on the 28 November 2018.

The winner will receive:

The 2018 Pitching Competition winner will receive a speaking position and complimentary all-access pass to AusRAIL PLUS 2019 in Sydney!

Highlights of the AusRAIL 2017 Pitching Competition

Thank you to all those who entered the Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition in particular the 5 finalists who presented their ideas to an engaged audience!

The winner of the AusRAIL PLUS 2017 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition was Jamie Ross-Smith from UGL Limited. Jamie’s idea titled intelligent asset management system and was well received by both the judging committee and the audience who voted via the AusRAIL app! Check out a full recap on all the pitches here

The respective finalists and their ideas can be seen here:

Ross Anderson, Engineer, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
Topic: Undertaking an app-based approach to improving user experience in the rail industry

Victoria Burke, Graduate Engineer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Topic: Lighting up our stations through kinetic energy

Oliver Lake, Rolling Stock Engineer – Automatic Train Protection, Program Delivery, Future Network Delivery, Sydney Trains
Topic: Augmented reality for optimised train maintenance

Tyler Plowright, Rolling Stock Engineer – Locomotives, Pacific National
Topic: Dynamic brake battery

Jamie Ross-Smith, Head of Asset Systems, UGL Limited
Topic: Intelligent asset management system

What is the Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition?

The inaugural competition was held at AusRAIL 2016 and we have since held a further two at NZ Rail 2017 and now AusRAIL PLUS 2017. The premise is to invite rail professionals 30 years and under to submit an idea that could revolutionise the rail industry. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas to industry leaders at AusRAIL with the winner announced at the Gala Dinner. Further information about the 2018 pitching competition will be announced shortly.