Working with members

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:

Executive Committees

  • Passenger Transport Group (PTG) The PTG unites the chief executives and senior representatives of all heavy and light passenger rail operations around Australia and New Zealand. The PTG leads the passenger rail portfolio of the ARA and works collaboratively to address common challenges and collectively achieve improved operational outcomes. For additional information, please contact Emma Woods.
  • Rail Freight Ports Group (RFPG) The RFPG includes above rail freight 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 productivity whilst striving to increase rail freight’s modal share. For additional information, please contact Simon Bourke.
  • 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, please contact Natalie Currey.
  • Rail Industry Group (RIG) The RIG brings together executive representatives of various sized rail suppliers, manufacturers and consultants. Together, the RIG develops, investigates and provides policy advice to the ARA, as well as developing a work plan and delivering a range of actions to achieve a favourable environment for a sustainable and competitive rail industry supply chain.  For additional information, please click here or contact Natalie Currey.

Other Committees and Groups


  • Accessibility Working Group 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 Brings together safety and security colleagues to address the issue of anti-social behaviour on and around railways. For additional information, please contact Maria Morozova.
  • 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 additional 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 additional information, please contact Maria Morozova
  • Rostering, Scheduling and Resource Management 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 additional information, please contact Maria Morozova.
  • Women In Rail Advisory Committee Oversees a national strategy and implement an accompanying action plan to improve gender diversity in the Australasian rail industry. For additional information, please contact Natalie Currey.
  • Rail Workforce Development Committee Addresses 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. A major focus is participating in initiatives that promote careers in rail. For additional information, please contact Robert Wilson.
  • National Rail Industry Worker Governance Committee Brings together learning and development representatives from rail operators and infrastructure organisations 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, please click here or contact Natalie Currey.


  • Safety Managers Group Provides input on key safety issues. SMG meetings involve direct interaction with ONRSR and ATSB. For additional information, please contact Simon Bourke.
  • 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 additional information, please contact Emma Woods.

Assets and Technology

  • Asset Management Working Group Brings together heavy and light rail asset managers from Australia and New Zealand to exchange information across all areas of asset management such as maintenance, new technology, regulatory issues, assurance, compliance. Two sub-groups have also been established the Infrastructure Group and Rollingstock Group.
  • Telecommunications (Spectrum) Committee 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.
  • Project i-Trace 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.
  • Smart Rail Oversees 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.