Women in Rail Lunch

2019 International Womens Day Theme #BalanceforBetter - Better the balance, better the world

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019

Venue: RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Time: 12.00 to 2.30pm 

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


  • Chair, Bradley Giddins, Director, Industry Capability & Inclusion, Level Crossing Removal Project
  • Keynote address 'Preparing for a gender equitable future of work' - Professor Rae Cooper, Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations, University of Sydney
  • 'Lessons Learnt from Outside Rail' - Dr Bridie O'Donnell MBBS, Director, Office of Women in Sport and Recreation, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • 'Lessons Learnt from Inside the Industry' - speaker tba, Metro Trains Melbourne
  • 'Diversity Champion Interview' - Natalie Kobica, Rail Interface Manager, V/Line

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

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Employees of ARA Members are eligible for the special Member Rate, to receive a discount code for the member registration or to pay by invoice please email

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