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Local social events to be held as part of AusRAIL Live & On Demand

Four social events will be held in conjunction with AusRAIL in Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney. Registration is exclusively for AusRAIL Live & On Demand delegates and exhibitors.

Providing an opportunity for in-person networking and staying in touch with members of the rail industry, networking events will be held in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, while the AusRAIL Major Dinner will be held in Sydney on Tuesday, December 1.

To get in touch with fellow conference delegates before the day arrives, the AusRAIL Live & On Demand dedicated platform is now live.

Attendees can explore all that the platform has to offer, including bookmarking sessions they don’t want to miss and connecting with people that matter most to them.

This unique platform allows delegates to tailor your AusRAIL experience by connecting with delegates and exhibitors based on the interests and expertise that are relevant to them.

Accessing the online platform now also allows attendees to become familiar with the expanded program and range of content and insights available during the conference and on-demand afterwards.

AusRAIL Live & On Demand recently announced two international additions to its line-up of local and global rail thought leaders. The online format has allowed for more international rail experts to share their experiences with the Australasian audience.

With six months of continuing access to the online platform, delegates can watch presentations live or catch up later on demand at a time that suits them.

Social event details below.

AusRAIL Brisbane Networking Drinks
Monday 30 November
6.30pm – 9.30pm AEST
The Fox Hotel

AusRAIL Sydney Networking Drinks
Monday 30 November
6.30pm – 9.30pm AEST
National Maritime Museum

AusRAIL Sydney Networking Drinks
Monday 30 November
6.30pm – 9.30pm AEST
National Maritime Museum

AusRAIL Major Dinner – Sydney
Tuesday 1 December
6.30pm – 10.30pm AEST
Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf

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Moving ahead with a career in rail track: From interest to specialist

A new qualification is plugging a skills gap in rail track engineering and for recent graduate, Jessica Fallico, turning an interest into a career specialisation.

The Diploma of Engineering Infrastructure (Rail) is transforming the rail industry by providing an accessible, holistic qualification for engineers and technicians.

Over several years, leaders in the NSW rail industry identified a skills gap in foundational rail track engineering. Although longer-term employees had skills built over time, there was no formal industry-specific qualification. Engineers couldn’t deepen their expertise or validate their existing skills.

The Diploma was created with the single intent to fill this gap. Graduates understand the ‘big picture’ of rail track infrastructure, from a strong foundation of skills.

For recent graduate, Jessica Fallico, this meant turning a career interest into a specialisation and a promotion. Here’s what Fallico found to be most beneficial for her career.

Understanding how theory translates to track
As a civil engineer working for Sydney Trains, Fallico recognised that she needed to know more about rail track engineering. Over the course of the Diploma, this all changed as Fallico learned the foundations of track structure interactions.

“The Diploma gave me a great overview of track components, train and track interactions, design and construction, defects, maintenance and operations.”

Fallico reflected, “It felt good when something I’d studied would happen on track in the ‘real world’. I could understand and resolve it competently, applying my deeper knowledge.”

Building confidence for career advancement
Sometimes, a little extra knowledge is what you need to gain an edge and move ahead to senior roles.

“Even though I was a qualified civil engineer, I wanted to understand how track structure interacts in the rail environment. I strongly believe that the knowledge and skills I’ve learnt have made me more capable and confident to perform my role.”

After completing the Diploma, Fallico was promoted to a Senior Track Engineer role with Sydney Trains. The move was smoother because of her wider understanding of all aspects of track assets and infrastructure. Today, Fallico applies her Diploma learnings daily in maintenance and defect management.

Learning straight from industry experts
Fallico says the teaching featured industry veterans who brought knowledge to life.

“I was amazed with the wealth of experience and extensive knowledge provided through the Diploma. Teachers shared their experiences and reviewed tough incidents that they had dealt with over the length of their careers.

“Because of this experience, assignments involved practical exercises like creating train timetables, planning construction projects, prioritising defects or managing and identifying repairs.”

Flexible study
The Diploma’s structure allows for study to fit around full-time roles, with flexible content and assignments. There’s time for conversation and clarification during the workshops, and live webinars happen in lunch hours. Fallico didn’t miss content, even when she couldn’t be there in person.

“All course contents and assignments were easily accessible online, allowing people to work at their own pace. We were also able to contact the course lecturers online if we had any issues or questions.”

Fallico encourages any track engineering team members to study the Diploma.

“Anyone who is enthusiastic about extending their career in rail track should study the Diploma. It develops an unparalleled understanding of how the whole track structure interacts with all its moving parts.

“You can study this qualification without a major impact on your work commitments. Learning while working helps you apply new knowledge and put it to work immediately.”

The Diploma of Engineering Infrastructure (Rail) is now open for enrolments in 2021. Backed by Engineering Education Australia and Transport for NSW, the nationally-accredited qualification is delivered by the University of Tasmania. Learn more >

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Transport for London Commissioner Andy Byford to speak at AusRAIL Live & On Demand

When Transport for London (TfL) Commissioner Andy Byford delivers his international keynote at AusRAIL Live & On Demand next month, it will be in the midst of a pivotal time for the organisation he leads.

Just two years into the delivery of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, which sets the ambitious goal to see 80 per cent of all trips in London to be made on foot, by cycle or on public transport by 2041, COVID-19 has changed the game again.

Transport for London has this week secured additional funding as it continues to deliver safe and efficient public transport services while facing significantly lower patronage levels as a result of the pandemic.

When Byford addresses AusRAIL in December, the UK will be reaching the end of its current lockdown.

This will be a unique chance to hear from an international leader as they respond to COVID-19 in a country that has been particularly hard hit.

While the challenges of this year have been unprecedented, Byford has a significant agenda ahead beyond the pandemic.

With the transport strategy highlighting a good public transport experience as one of its three pillars, the long term focus is for public transport to provide the most efficient way for people to travel distances that are too long to walk or cycle.

TfL has already identified a range of actions that will be required to get people out of their cars and onto the public transport network.

The organisation has noted the need to prepare for new technology and unpredictable changes to the way we live – a particularly prescient goal in light of this year’s events.

TfL is also looking at a more efficient and fair way to pay for transport projects in London.

Before the pandemic hit, the organisation was on the path to achieving self sufficiency as it progressed towards this goal.

TfL continues to work with partners across London and beyond to enact the transport strategy as it seeks to meet its goals and support a more liveable, vibrant city.

With so much on the agenda, there could not be a better time to hear from Byford, who joined TfL earlier this year.

His insights on 2020, and reflections on his experience working in leadership roles globally, will be valuable to many in the industry.

Byford is just one of many international keynotes to take part in this year’s AusRAIL, with the online format providing rare access to some of the world’s most prominent rail industry executives.

MTR Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Australian Business Terry Wong will also present at the event.

As part of the team behind metro operations in Melbourne and Sydney, his insights into the changing face of passenger rail in Australia will be worth hearing.

Mr Byford and Mr Wong will also be joined by Crossrail CEO Mark Wild, LA Metro Chief Innovation Officer Joshua Schank and SYSTRA Grand Paris Express Project Director Nicholas Massart at AusRAIL.

With up to six months of continuing access to presentations after the event, AusRAIL Live & On Demand provides a rare chance to connect with these industry heavyweights, from the comfort of your home or office.

To be part of AusRAIL Live & On Demand, register today.


Improving rail’s share of freight task starts with policy settings: ALC

CEO of the ALC Kirk Coningham writes that significant efficiencies can be found without massive spending.

Among the many disruptions wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic was the need to defer the 2020-21 Commonwealth budget, which will now be handed down some five months later than originally scheduled.

As always, ALC made a submission to the federal government ahead of the originally planned date. This was well before the full effects of the pandemic reached Australian shores and our industry faced the challenge of keeping essential supplies moving, despite unprecedented restrictions on movement and the effect of state and territory border closures.

All of us – governments, industry and the wider community – have learned lessons as a result of the COVID-19 experience. Perhaps more than ever before, communities now understand the very real and immediate impact that supply chain disruption can have on their daily life.

As consumers witnessed empty supermarket shelves as a result of unprecedented demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a clear need to ensure that logistics operators are given the flexibility to they need to meet increased and changing demand.

This is equally true right across the supply chain – from deliveries into supermarket loading docks through to the movement of freight trains across state borders.

Perhaps the single most effective government action taken during the pandemic to address supply chain disruption did not involve massive expenditure, but simply the removal of operational curfews through non- legislative ministerial action.

Industry has called for the removal of such operational restrictions over many years. With many of them suspended for the duration of the pandemic, both government and the community have been able to see the benefits.

As the Prime Minister himself noted in June this year: “Trucks were allowed to resupply along roads and during hours where they were previously banned. And the sun came up the next day. It was extraordinary.”

This goes to the heart of the key point ALC has made to the federal government ahead of this year’s Budget.

With the pandemic having placed the nation’s finances in a challenging position, this is the time to focus on regulatory reform that may not cost big money – but can nevertheless have a profound impact on supply chain efficiency.

The need for such regulatory reform was a key focus of ALC’s pre-budget submission in January – and the urgency of that task has been underscored in the supplementary submission provided to the federal government in August.

In the rail space, this includes supporting the development of a National Rail Plan that will finally establish a single set of consistent national laws to regulate the movement of freight by rail in Australia that address environmental regulation, workplace health and safety, workers’ compensation and drug and alcohol testing.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated border closures have put a spotlight on the disruption that can be caused by inconsistent regulatory approaches between jurisdictions. The upcoming federal budget is the place to start work that will finally make the changes needed to overcome such disruptions.


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