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 2018 in Canberra.

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 is steadily growing its membership. The National IRSEA Committee is currently chaired by Kaniyur Sundareswaran and the Vice Chair is Georgina Hartwell. There are a number of sub committees including the Professional Education Committee, an Operations Committee, the Communications Committee and an 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

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 Day event. Our eighth event will be held 3-4 April 2019 in conjunction with Sydney Trains, part of Transport for NSW. The Field Day 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