Volume 4 - February 2017
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President's Message - David Bainbridge

With 2017 off to a flying start, we have already started to define our   plans for  the new year, including a comprehensive events program. In particular, we are looking forward to the newly rebranded Rail Industry Field Day event, in partnership with Sydney Trains.

As always, we expect this to be the biggest and best to date, however with our new expanded and inclusive focus on all of rail, we have no doubt this will be the case.
In anticipation, we hope that the weather is kind and more people from the rail community, as well as others who want to know what the industry can offer, come to Clyde. Everyone will have the opportunity to experience first-hand what it means to be part of our thriving community.

I would like to give a special thanks to our partners, Sydney Trains, for their support. We could not deliver such an event without their generosity. Thanks also to our corporate sponsors, who help make this event possible.
This year will see the RTAA continue to deliver on our key priorities, which interestingly, remain the key challenges that our industry faces. They include
  • DIVERSITY: broadening the appeal of rail for women, young people and Indigenous people
  • NATIONAL: being a truly national organisation
  • STANDARDS: participating in the establishment of uniform track standards
  • KNOWLEDGE: promoting grassroots knowledge sharing from one generation to the next.
A full review of our strategic plan will take place this year including key priorities and actions to be delivered over the next three years. This will be completed prior to the AGM, held at the end of the year, and will set the RTAA on its course to support the rail industry, our members and our industry partners.

Eur. Ing. David Bainbridge

New Members
The RTAA would like to welcome the following personal and corporate members and looks forward to seeing them at events.

Personal: Alexandra Baranski, Jason Bridgman, James Donovan, Michelle Doolan, Gorjan Trivic, Dr Kaiyu Lin, Duncan Mcleod

Corporate: Arconic Fastening Systems and Rings, Bombardier Transportation Australia, PT Hydraulics Australia Pty Ltd, AT Consultancy Group Pty Ltd,  BST Group, The Energy Network (Australia) Pty Ltd
FAST TRACK YOUR RAIL INDUSTRY FIELD DAY JOURNEY - Get on-board our new online induction
The RTAA, in partnership with Sydney Trains, is pleased to offer, for the first time, an online induction for participants of the Rail Industry Field Day event.

Completing the online induction enables attendees, to join the "Fast Track" queue. With anticipated numbers expected to reach over 2,000, entry queues are the inevitable consequence. By completing the induction online, all attendees will be able to gain Fast Track entrance to the Field Day event.

Please note that it is an entry requirement for all attendees that this induction process is completed.

 CLICK HERE and join the Fast Track queue by following the online prompts.

Don’t forget to print your certificate and bring it with you to the event.

Field Day Sponsors

Official Partner: Sydney Trains
Platinum Sponsor: Pandrol
Gold Sponsor: Plasser Australia
Silver & Bronze: Kennards Hire
Silver Sponsors: Voestalpine & INDEC
Bronze Sponsors: KH1, Linmag, Plasser Australia, rthealth fund, SNC Lavalin & Thermit
Field Day Exhibitors
  • Anric Rail
  • ARA
  • Arconic Fastening Systems & Rings
  • Autech Rail Australia Pty Ltd
  • Bombardier
  • Broadspectrum
  • BST Group
  • Delkor Rail Products
  • Derby Rubber Products
  • Gemco Rail Pty Ltd
  • Geofabrics Australasia
  • Geomatic Technologies
  • Hilti Australia Pty Ltd
  • Infraworks Rail Pty Ltd
  • Institute of Railway Technology, Monash University
  • Inventory Control Systems Pty Ltd
  • Kennards Hire
  • Key Source Rail
  • KH1 Pty Ltd
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Linmag Australia Pty Ltd
  • Martinus Rail P/L
  • Melvelle Equipment Corp
  • Nitto Kohki Australia
  • Pandrol Australia
  • Plasser Australia
  • Progress Rail
  • PT Hydraulics
  • Railtech
  • Rhomberg Rail Australia
  • RKR Engineering Pty Ltd
  • rt health fund
  • RTAA
  • RTSA
  • Select Encompass Credit Union
  • SmartSafe Access
  • SNC-Lavalin
  • Specialised Force
  • Speno
  • Sydney Trains
  • The Energy Network Australia Pty Ltd
  • Thermit Australia Pty Ltd
  • Traffic & Access Solutions
  • Voestalpine Vae Railway Systems
  • Vossloh Cogifer Australia Pty Ltd
  • Zoellner Australia Pty Ltd
Our Language Matters

The RTAA is looking for new opportunities to support NAIDOC Week, held 2-9 July 2017. The RTAA is interested in hearing from rail organisations, Indigenous communities and Indigenous organisations for ways in which we can partner to support this important week-long celebration.
Supporting the promotion of careers to Indigenous people is part of one of our key strategies that focuses on the creation of diverse, inclusive and sustainable rail workforces. Working with Indigenous communities is a key strategy to support this objective.

To see how your organisation can support NAIDOC Week, click on the image below.


The RTAA is proud to recognise the outstanding achievements of members in the promotion of diversity and workplace inclusion in rail through the establishment of the Australasian Rail Diversity Award.

The Award is part of the RTAA’s response to our industry’s chronic and ongoing skills shortage. We know that our ageing workforce is retiring and we are not attracting or retaining new recruits. These are some of the challenges we need to address to create a vibrant, innovative and sustainable rail workforce. As an industry, it’s time to do something. Here are some suggestions:
  • Attract new recruits, and women in particular, by creating flexible workplaces
  • Be culturally inclusive by participating in events such as NAIDOC Week and Harmony Day
  • Promote awareness in unconscious bias to combat entrenched negative perceptions. Consider unconscious bias training – start with managers
  • Use blind-CVs (CVs without names) when recruiting and during the short-list process
  • Commit to the improvement of female representation in leadership roles – set targets and monitor progress
  • Encourage the employment of young people through graduate and traineeship programs.

For those who have started, or are just starting their diversity journey, the Award recognises the achievements of those organisations who are proactively promoting diverse and inclusive workplaces.
The winner will, not only be heavily promoted via the RTAA network, they will also receive a number of opportunities to promote their organisation’s diversity programs.
See for more information and a full list of the winner’s entitlements.

The Award will be announced at the RTAA’s Yellow Tie Dinner at AusRAIL in November 2017, Brisbane.
The RTAA is pleased to announce that the nominations for the 2017 Frank Franklyn Awards are now open. The winner will be announced at the prestigious ARIA Awards. Click on the image below for further information on the ARIAs.

The Frank Franklyn Award is open to all employees of corporate members (or personal members), who are under 35 years of age and have five years’ rail experience. The Award is open to all rail professionals – across all disciplines and areas.

Why not talk to some of our previous winners who will be presenting at the Field Day event in the Fettlers’ Shed?

15-18 MAY

Liquid Learning is proud to partner with RTAA for our Women in Roads, Rail, Transport Infrastructure Leadership Summit which will take place on 15 - 18 May at the Novotel Darling Harbour, Sydney. This event brings together a variety of senior leaders to share their inspirational leadership journeys, practical advice and insights. A variety of case studies, expert commentaries and two interactive panels will give attendees the confidence and skill set to advance their performance and career potential. 
Speakers for the conference include:
  • Nicole Stoddart Managing Director, Construction Services, ANZ AECOM
  • Louise Adams, Global Board Director and Regional Director, VIC, SA, ACT, Aurecon
  • Andrew Lezala, Managing Director, Metro Trains Australia
  • Stephen Troughton, Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure and Services, Transport for NSW
  • Maryanne Graham, Director, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, Sydney Motorway Corporation
  • Melinda Button, Executive General Manager, Customer V/Line
  • Jonathan Vandervoort, Executive General Manager, Hunter Valley, Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • Helen Forster, Director of Operations, Infrastructure WA, Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • As well as seven more prominent leaders in the industry
RTAA members receive 10% off the standard rate when using the promotional code 'Q1' when registering 
For a limited time, all RTAA members are invited to subscribe to Infrastructure magazine for free.
Infrastructure is the new industry leading publication covering the rail, road and other infrastructure sectors. It is integrated across print and online platforms, and is the best way to access the latest news and thought-leading content.

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Rail Industry Guide to Safety 2016/17 Released
Pro-Visual Publishing, in cooperation with the RTAA and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR), has released the latest edition of the Rail Industry Guide to Workplace Safety. The Guide highlights some of the key responsibilities and requirements towards health and safety and this year includes an interactive Augmented Reality (AR) capability as an added feature.
The Guide covers a range of topics including:
  • Fitness and health for work.
  • Safety management systems and responsibilities.
  • Safety induction and training.  
Along with these topics, the interactive Guide also provides guidelines for fatigue management, the main factors contributing to fatigue and management obligations towards ensuring that workers remain healthy and safe while on the job. The free Pro-Vis AR app will allow users to interact with the Guide and download essential resources straight to their smart devices.

To request your copy, please contact
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