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 competiveness.

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 @hlmdy: I am honoured to be speaking on behalf of @Siemens_Aus at the ARA Light Rail Conference for 2018, covering Future Cities & Trans…
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Rail Careers: Sydney Trains is looking for a Qualified Train Driver in Sydney #NSW: https://t.co/j9J6ZteXWh #rail #jobs
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The ARA is excited to announce the 5th annual Light #Rail Conference and Exhibition will be taking place in Sydney… https://t.co/sSjuZuNLPh
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Congratulations @BombardierRail, great news for Queenslanders! https://t.co/s2VHHMEW48
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Industry Initiatives

Media & Events

Media Release: AusRAIL PLUS 2017...
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Over 750 rail enthusiasts came together at the AusRAIL PLUS 2017 Gala Dinner last week and saw Jamie Ross-Smith, Head of Asset Systems from UGL awarded the AusRAIL PLUS 2017 Young Rail Professionals...

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Media Release: ARA Future...
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At the AusRAIL PLUS 2017 conference this week, two ARA Future Leader Program ‘project groups’ were announced as winners for their innovative ideas. The two project groups presented their...

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Media Release: Rail provides...
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Today at AusRAIL PLUS 2017 the Australasian Railway Association’s (ARA) Chief Executive Officer, Danny Broad launched the Value of Rail Report, a report prepared by Deloitte Access Economics...

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Media Release: Rail Careers Week...
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This year’s annual Rail Careers Week has kicked-off today in Australia and New Zealand and will be running until 24 November to encourage individuals to consider a career in the rail sector....

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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.