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.



ARA Media Release: Inland Rail on track with first 14,000 tonnes of steel. Read more here: https://t.co/96YSyRh35S https://t.co/8zSc1kkOpi
@AuststRail - 3 hours 3 min
The @TrackSAFE Foundation are running an accredited Mental Health First Aid training course between 21 and 22 March… https://t.co/c18MZvtioK
@AuststRail - 4 days 7 hours
Nominations for the Australasian #Rail Industry #Awards are now open, with 13 exciting categories to choose from. N… https://t.co/WZ9z7veaEV
@AuststRail - 6 days 5 hours
ARA Courses: ARA courses are back in 2018! The ARA Signalling Course will take place on 22 March in Adelaide, follo… https://t.co/OX5Ujwzcx5
@AuststRail - 1 week 5 hours

Industry Initiatives

Media & Events

Media Release: Inland Rail on...
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  The ARA welcomes an important milestone in the construction of the Inland Rail project with the delivery of the first 14,000 tonnes of steel for the Parkes to Narromine section of the project...

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Media Release: ARA welcomes...
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  The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) today welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to delivering the $10 billion National Rail Program.   “It is very much...

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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...

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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...

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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.