We are the Voice of the Rail Industry

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We are the Voice of the Rail Industry


We are the Voice of the Rail Industry


We are the Voice of the Rail Industry


What we do

We are the peak body for the rail industry throughout Australia and New Zealand. We represent an array of rail organisations: private and public, passenger and freight operators, track owners and managers, manufacturers of rolling stock, construction companies and all other organisations supplying and contributing to the Australasian rail sector.  

We provide a coordinated and unified voice on relevant issues of national importance. The ARA engages political leaders at both the state and federal level in forward-looking discussions around industry potential.

We bring about key policy reform to effectively enhance Australia’s productivity, economic & social prosperity, as well as its international competiveness.

The ARA creates an avenue for industry to connect, knowledge-share & work together to achieve greater results for rail. As Australasia’s leading voice for rail, we facilitate, coordinate, promote & communicate on behalf of the industry. We work to create an environment for the rail industry to prosper; we want to ensure a better rail future for all.



ARA issued media statement regarding Anthony Albanese's shadow ministerial responsibilities. You can read it here: https://t.co/Q2t6I43thi
@AuststRail - 12 hours 1 min
ACT Gvt released 4 possible routes for Stage 2 of Light Rail. The Gvt's preferred route announced before October. https://t.co/uGdrfmylF5
@AuststRail - 3 days 11 hours
The reopening of Kimberley Rail Bridge and Coiler Creek Rail Bridge in Tasmania after 6 June floods sees freight rail fully restored.
@AuststRail - 4 days 12 hours
ARA hosted Telecommunications and Technology Forum in Melbourne. More ARA events here: https://t.co/dvgcobUWV3 https://t.co/VWGE1AqhgB
@AuststRail - 6 days 11 hours

Industry Initiatives

Media & Events

Event: Tickets now available for...
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Join your rail industry colleagues in celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals and companies in rail from across the region at the Australasian Rail Industry Awards, proudly sponsored...

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Event: National Rail Safety Week...
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Rail Safety Week is an Australasian rail industry initiative that sees organisations across Australia and New Zealand come together to promote rail safety messages for one week every year. On the...

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Event: Insight into Railway...
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This one-day introductory course offers insight into the technology processes and principles used for rail signalling. If you work in rail and are required to liaise with signal engineers or...

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Media Release: Rail Industry...
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The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) applauds the Victorian Government’s significant investment in rail infrastructure announced in today’s far-sighted budget which will benefit all...

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The Rail Story (Now with Voiceover!)

Currently, congested roads, environmental degradation, increased road accidents, a growing population and climate change are all having an effect on our local communities. 

Rail Careers

The Rail Industry has a network of career opportunities for people of all ages and experiences. We encourage you to consider the rail industry as a place to work and advance your career.