Women discuss rail at an ARA Women in Rail Lunch.
Diversity in Rail Lunch, Sydney

Following the success of the ARA Women in Rail Lunches held in 2018 and 2019, the ARA will be hosting a Diversity in Rail lunch in Sydney on Thursday 19 March 2020, lunches are also planned for Melbourne and Perth.

The purpose of the event is to promote the value of a gender-balanced Australasian workforce, acknowledge the challenges that as an industry we need to overcome and foster a culture of appropriately championing diversity in rail.

Date: Thursday 19 March 2020

Venue: Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, 161 Elizabeth Street

Time: 12.00 to 2.30pm 

Keynote speaker: Virginia Haussegger AM, Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at The University of Canberra's Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) where she is Adjunct Professor, will be presenting on the International Women's Day Theme of 'Generational Equality'. Virginia is a gender diversity advocate, communication specialist and award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose media career spans more than 25 years.

Speakers: Rachel Nicholls, Arup Australasia Board Member, and more to be confirmed.

The ARA's Gender Diversity Report Card will also be released at this event. The report card will show changes in the gender balance of the rail industry since our last survey in 2017, allowing for comparison with other industries and a greater understanding of the policies and initiatives in place within the rail industry.

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Cost (incl GST):

  • ARA Members $105 per person, $1,050 for a table of 10
  • Non-Members $135 per person, $1,350 for a table of 10

Registration: registrations now open

Sponsorship opportunities available:

Further information: Contact ARA Events Manager, or 02 6270 4527