RAIL industry leaders and others from Australia, New Zealand and around the world have arrived in Sydney for this week’s AusRAIL conference and exhibition.

The conference is to focus on the implications of the growing investment in new rail in Australia and New Zealand – now forecast at over $150bn over the next fifteen years. 

“With growing populations in Australia and New Zealand, it has become more important that we get better at moving passengers to relieve congestion in our cities, improve our freight supply chains, and better connect our cities and regions,” said ARA chief executive Danny Broad.


“Well planned and executed rail is a crucial part of a multi-modal transport solution.”

Conference sessions are to focus on training initiatives to address immediate challenges including planning for future workforce trends, connect the regions, reducing carbon emissions and creating jobs.

The conference is to be opened by the NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro. 

Key speakers include:

•             Richard Wankmuller, CEO of Inland Rail

•             Malcolm Southwell, Acting CEO of the National Faster Rail Agency

•             Jill Walsh, the Victorian Rail Advocate

•             Sascha Fey from Deutsche Bahn speaking on Digital Transformation

•             Lido Costa from Rio Tinto, speaking on automation in Rio Tinto

•             Adam Williams from KiwiRail speaking on Rail and New Zealand’s zero emissions future

•             Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack MP and Opposition Shadow Transport Minister Catherine King MP will make video presentations.