The rail industry has a highly skilled, passionate and inspiring new generation of talent across the sector.

The Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition invites all rail professionals 30 years and under to submit an idea that could dramatically enhance the industry. Finalists will present their ideas to a panel of industry leaders and the audience at AusRAIL with the winner announced at the Gala Dinner.

Since launching at AusRAIL 2016, this competition has become one of the most-anticipated highlights of AusRAIL.

Given the innovation and creativity within this group, it’s not surprising that it has also provided a platform to showcase individual talent and helped accelerate the professional development of many of our future leaders.


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 idea, large or small and contribute to our rail future.


Thank you to those that have entered the AusRAIL 2020 Pitching Competition. Finalists will be announced on the 18th August.

18 May 2020

Entries Open

17 July 2020

Competition Entry Deadline

18 August 2020

Finalists announced

1 December 2020

Live Pitching Session
Winner announced at the AusRAIL Gala Dinner

Key dates:
Entries will open: 18 May 2020
Competition deadline: 17 July 2020
Finalists announced: 18 August 2020
Pitching session: 1 December 2020
Winner announced at the AusRAIL Gala Dinner: 2 December 2020

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 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.

Finalists will receive:
Finalists will receive return economy airfares to Adelaide from their hometown city in Australia to attend AusRAIL 2020, three nights’ accommodation and complimentary attendance to the event, including an exclusive VIP networking breakfast and Gala Dinner.
Finalists will be given 5-10 minutes to present their idea to an industry panel of CEO’s and senior executives at the AusRAIL Conference as part of the program on 1 December 2020. The winner will be announced at the AusRAIL Gala Dinner on the 2 December 2020.

The winner will receive:
The 2020 Pitching Competition winner will complimentary attendance and a speaking engagement for AusRAIL PLUS 2021.

Open to all railway professionals who are 30yrs or under (as at 1 December 2020).

If you have queries, please contact Tina Karas, AusRAIL Conference Manager via or + 61 (2) 9080 4408

To sponsor the 2020 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition, please contact Deborah Bocock, Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales Manager via or + 61 (2) 9080 4348

AusRAIL PLUS 2019 Pitching Competition