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. 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 and social prosperity, as well as its international competitiveness.

The ARA creates an avenue for industry to connect, knowledge-share and work together to achieve greater results for rail. As Australasia’s leading voice for rail, we facilitate, coordinate, promote and 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.



RT @M_McCormackMP: Rail safety is everyone’s responsibility. Let's be safe around trains @TrackSAFE #RSW2018 https://t.co/RnG58mRBwm
@AuststRail - 20 hours 7 min
ARA Media Release: Deputy PM and Urban Infrastructure and Cities Minister join in Rail Safety Week celebrations Rea… https://t.co/4DbTQoTqS5
@AuststRail - 2 days 14 hours
RT @M_McCormackMP: This week is Rail Safety Week. #RSW2018 highlights how we all share responsibility when it comes to rail safety. For mo…
@AuststRail - 2 days 19 hours
RT @TrackSAFE: Constable Penguin Charlie is doing his bit at the Moss Vale Station to help others avoid slips, trips and falls. #RSW2018 @n
@AuststRail - 3 days 19 hours

Industry Initiatives

Media & Events

Media Release: Work to establish...
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  The Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is partnering with the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and Deakin University to develop a Smart Rail Route Map for Australia...

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Media Release: Australasian rail...
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  Individuals and organisations from across the Australasian rail industry have been awarded for outstanding achievements and innovations at tonight’s Australasian Rail Industry Awards...

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Media Release: 37 young stars...
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  Aiming to create and retain great leaders throughout rail, the 2018 ARA Future Leaders Program has commenced this week in Melbourne, bringing emerging leaders from throughout the Australasian...

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Media Release: The ARA welcomes...
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  The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) today welcomed Labor’s announcement that close to $6 million will be locked away in Labor’s forward estimates which will go directly to...

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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.