Committees and Groups

The ARA collaborates with Industry through annual forums, Executive Committees and regular working groups where member representatives meet either face to face or by teleconference. They can have various purposes which could include tackling common challenges, explore areas of interest, share or develop innovative ideas and solutions, implement initiatives, advise on ARA’s policy positions and commission projects.

These groups allow ARA members to work collaboratively and reap the benefits of pooling resources as an Industry rather than working separately as individual companies.

Please contact the relevant ARA staff member for more information or to get involved.

The following groups are currently active:


CONTRACTORS

  • Rail Contractors Group (RCG): The RCG comprises senior representatives from companies who build new infrastructure for the Australian and New Zealand Rail industry. These projects include track construction, tunnels, stations, signalling and electrification of railway networks. In addition to the domestic rail infrastructure construction these companies successfully tender for and deliver work all around the globe. For additional information click here or contact Duncan Sheppard.

FREIGHT

  • Rail Freight Ports Group (RFPG): The RFPG includes above rail operators, track managers and port and intermodal managers in Australia and KiwiRail in New Zealand. The RFPG focuses on National freight policy matters to improve rail freight efficiency and to increase rail’s model share. For additional information, please contact Duncan Sheppard.

PASSENGER

  • Passenger Transport Group (PTG): Through the PTG, Chief Executives of major passenger rail operators work together to achieve improved operational outcomes and direct the ARA passenger rail portfolio and priorities. For additional information, please contact Emma Woods.
  • Accessibility Working Group (AWG): The AWG brings together Accessibility Advisors from passenger rail operators across the country, to consider and provide a whole of industry approach to all current and emerging accessibility issues. For additional information, please contact Emma Woods.
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Working Group: The ASB Working Group brings together safety and security colleagues to address the issue of anti-social behaviour on and around railways. For more information, please contact Maria Morozova.
  • Customer Service Working Group: The Customer Service Working Group brings together passenger rail customer service experts from across Australia and New Zealand to ensure operators continually improve their customer service offering. For more information, please contact Maria Morozova.
  • Revenue Protection Working Group: The Revenue Protection Working Group brings together security and revenue protection colleagues from Australian and New Zealand passenger rail operators to share initiatives and collaborate to reduce fare evasion and improve revenue protection on passenger railways. For more information, please contact Maria Morozova.
  • Rostering, Scheduling and Resource Management Working Group: The RSRM Working Group brings together rail colleagues responsible for the rostering and scheduling of staff to work together to modernise their systems, sharing lessons learned and opportunities across industry. For more information, please contact Maria Morozova.

SUPPLIERS, MANUFACTURERS & CONSULTANTS

  • Rail Industry Group (RIG): The RIG brings together Executive representatives of various sized rail suppliers to develop, investigate and provide policy advice to the ARA, as well as to develop a work plan and deliver a range of actions to achieve a favourable environment for a sustainable and competitive rail industry supply chain.  For additional information click here or contact Natalie Currey.

CROSS – INDUSTRY

  • Safety Managers Group: This is an industry group that provides input on key safety issues. SMG meetings involve direct interaction with ONRSR and ATSB. For more information, please contact Emma Woods.
  • National Track Safety Induction Governance Group: The National Track Safety Induction (NTSI) Governance Committee is made up of representatives from accredited rail operators and infrastructure managers. It was established to develop, implement and manage the ongoing delivery of the NTSI Course. The NTSI was developed to ensure a national approach towards consistency in rail safety training. For additional information click here or contact Natalie Currey.
  • ONRSR – CEO Industry Reference Group: The ONRSR CEO Industry Reference Group consists of representatives from ARA, Rail Industry Safety Standards Board (RISSB), Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU), and Rail industry representatives selected by the ARA. For more information, please contact Emma Woods.
  • Women in Rail Advisory Committee: The Women in Rail Advisory Committee (WiRAC) was established to develop a national strategy and implement an accompanying action plan t to improve gender diversity in the Australasian rail industry. For additional information, please contact Natalie Currey.
  • Asset Management Working Group: The Asset Management Group brings together heavy and light rail asset managers from Australia and New Zealand to exchange information across all areas of asset management including, but not limited to maintenance, new technologies and innovations, regulatory issues, assurance, compliance and other shared areas of interest in an effort to improve efficiency and productivity and get the best value from rail assets. Two sub-groups have also been established that report to the AMG; the Infrastructure Group and Rollingstock Group. For more information, please contact Duncan Sheppard.
  • Telecommunications (Spectrum) Committee: This committee which includes passenger and freight operators and track managers work together on matters relating to telecommunications with a specific focus on 400MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum issues. For additional information click here or contact Duncan Sheppard.
  • i-Trace Project: This project relates to the adoption of standards for the marking and identification of parts and components in the rail industry. The group provides industry input into the implementation of GS1 standards. For more information, please contact Duncan Sheppard.
  • Smart Rail: Smart Rail will involve the development of a long-term vision for technology in the rail industry over the next 20/30 years.  It is intended that the route map will provide a framework through which next generation rail technologies can be integrated and supported in the Australasian rail environment. The aim is to help ensure systems are interoperable and the right data is available to deliver cross-industry benefits, including safer operations, improved reliability, opportunities for innovation and reduced costs through efficiencies, automation and technology selection. For additional information contact Duncan Sheppard
  • Rail Workforce Development Committee (RWDC): This committee was formed to address industry concerns about the workforce and skills shortages that threaten to limit rail's ability to meet the short and long-term transport task. These challenges are being addressed by the establishment of working partnerships between stakeholders from within and external, to the industry. A major focus of the RWDC is participating in initiatives that promote careers in rail. For additional information click here or contact Natalie Currey.
  • National Rail Industry Worker Governance Committee: The National Rail Industry Worker Governance Committee (NRIWGC) is made up of learning and development representatives from rail operators and infrastructure organisations. It was established to develop and manage the ongoing operations of the Rail Industry Worker Program, a workforce management system that aims to establish a cohesive, national approach to competency management for rail workers. By law, every contractor and staff member working on the Australian rail network must be able to provide proof of competency. The Rail Industry Worker system provides the vehicle to allow Authorised Rail Operators (ARO’s) and Rail Infrastructure Managers (RIM’s) to comply with the conditions of the Rail Safety Act. The NRIWGC is also responsible for developing national role matrices. For additional information click here or contact Natalie Currey.
  • National Track Safety Induction Governance Group: The National Track Safety Induction (NTSI) Governance Committee is made up of representatives from accredited rail operators and infrastructure managers. It was established to develop, implement and manage the ongoing delivery of the NTSI Course. The NTSI was developed to ensure a national approach towards consistency in rail safety training. For additional information click here or contact Natalie Currey.