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In 2014, the RTAA developed its first detailed strategic plan and key priorities. The objective was to provide direction on our activities for the next three years while also ensuring improved services for members.

The following provides a summary of the key strategic priorities and activities undertaken by the RTAA since this time.

A review of the plan will be undertaken towards the end of 2017.

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Activities & Initiatives

Planned Initiatives

Broaden the appeal of rail to women, young people and Indigenous people.

  • Two ‘Women in Rail’ forums have been held in Sydney and Melbourne
  • The Business Case for Women in Rail has been published, following the Sydney event
  • The Frank Franklyn Young Rail Specialist Achievement Award continues to attract more participants and flourish every year. Paul Trask from Coleman Rail won the 2016 award
  • The first Australasian Rail Diversity Award was made to Hilti in 2016
  • Support has been provided by the RTAA for a number of career days/expos, including sponsoring Engineers Australia’s events to promote careers to young people in rail.
  • RTAA is sponsoring a range of Women in Engineering/Rail/Transport events including the University of Western Australia’s  Young Engineers, Women in Engineering High Tea Event and the Women in Roads, Rail and Transport Infrastructure Leadership Summit (both in May 2017)
  • Calls are out for both the Young Achiever and Rail Diversity Award nominations
  • Discussions regarding a Women in Rail event for Brisbane are underway
  • A  new publication is planned to showcase the experiences of women in rail (good and bad) that provides a matrix of actions, that may assist organisations to implement improved workplace practices and effect cultural change


Be truly national through the Rail Industry Field Day, technical and networking events and other RTAA activities.

  • Networking events have taken place across the country including all states (excluding Tasmania) and some regional areas
  • Engagement with our WA-based membership has improved with the appointment of our Business Manager who is located in Perth
  • RTAA works collaboratively with other rail industry associations, including the ARA, and participates regularly in meetings/working groups to ensure initiatives are aligned
  • Investigations regarding a Victoria-hosted Rail Industry Field Day are being led by the President
  • Upcoming planned events include a Perth familiarisation tour, Melbourne site tour and Newcastle networking event

Promote the establishment of Australian Rail Infrastructure Standards.

  • Assist RISSB to develop Australian Rail Infrastructure Standards
  • Assist ONRSR by promoting adoption of Industry Standards, Codes of Practice guidance
  • Ensure RTAA has representation on appropriate committees/working groups
  • Inform members of RTAA’s work in relation to Rail Infrastructure Standards.


Promote “grassroots railway knowledge” retention from our generation to the future generations.

  • Host/sponsor a targeted workshop that addresses key knowledge retention
  • Provide learning opportunities to “potential rail people”
  • Establish an online forum through Linked-In group
  • Develop website to appeal to next generation.