Committees and Groups

The ARA establishes Industry forums where member representatives meet 3 or 4 times a year either face to face or by teleconference to tackle common challenges, explore areas of interest, share or develop innovative ideas and solutions and commission projects.
 
These groups allow ARA members to work collaboratively and reap the benefits of pooling resources as an Industry rather than working separately as individual companies.
 
ARA members are welcome to participate in any of our working groups. Please contact the relevant ARA staff member for more information or to get involved.
 
The following groups are currently active:
 

CROSS – INDUSTRY

 
  • Safety Policy Working Group: The aim of the Safety Policy Working Group is to develop an industry view of key safety policy and legislative matters including cost recovery, drug and alcohol testing and fatigue management. For more information, please contact Phil Allan at pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.
  • SPADs Working Group: Signals Passed at Dangers (SPADs) pose a significant safety risk for passenger and freight operators across Australia and New Zealand. This dedicated group of SPAD and Safety experts provides a consultative forum to discuss systemic issues and recommended effective industry solutions to decrease the number of SPAD incidents. For more information, please contact Phil Allan at pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.
  • Safety Managers Group: This is an industry group that provides input on key safety issues. SMG meetings involve direct interaction with ONRSR and ATSB. For more information, please contact Phil Allan at pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.
  • ONRSR – CEO Industry Reference Group: The CEO Industry Reference Group consists of representatives from Australasian Railway Association (ARA), Rail Industry Safety Standards Board (RISSB), Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU), and Rail industry sectors selected by the ARA. The representatives work together on matter relating to Strategic industry direction and planning, issues/improvements required, as well as provide input for ONRSR's strategic direction and overall effectiveness in relation to rail safety operations. For more information, please contact Phil Allan at pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.
  • ONRSR – Fatigue Management Reference Group: Membership of this group is open to all RTOs. The group is aiming to develop an industry position on fatigue management to provide to ONRSR as a key input into its review of this matter. For more information, please contact Phil Allan at pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.
  • ONRSR – Drugs and Alcohol Reference Group: Membership of this group is open to all RTOs. The group is aiming to develop an industry position on drugs and alcohol management and testing to provide to ONRSR as a key input into its review of this matter. For more information, please contact Phil Allan at pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.
  • Asset Management Working Group: The Asset Management Group brings together heavy and light rail asset managers from Australia and New Zealand to exchange information across all areas of asset management including, but not limited to maintenance, new technologies and innovations, regulatory issues, assurance, compliance and other shared areas of interest in an effort to improve efficiency and productivity and get the best value from rail assets. Two sub-groups have also been established that report to the AMG; the Infrastructure Group and Rollingstock Group. For more information, please contact Duncan Sheppard at dsheppard@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4531.
  • Parts and Components Identification Working Group: This project relates to the adoption of standards for the marking and identification of parts and components in the rail industry. The group provides industry input into the implementation of GS1 standards. For more information, please contact Phil Allan at pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.
  • Telecommunications Committee: This committee which includes passenger and freight operators and track managers work together on matters relating to telecommunications with as specific focus on 400MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum issues. For additional information click here or contact Duncan Sheppard at dsheppard@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4531.
  • Smart Rail: Smart Rail: Smart Rail will involve the development of a long-term vision for technology in the rail industry over the next 20/30 years.  It is intended that the route map will provide a framework through which next generation rail technologies can be integrated and supported in the Australasian rail environment. The aim is to help ensure systems are interoperable and the right data is available to deliver cross-industry benefits, including safer operations, improved reliability, opportunities for innovation and reduced costs through efficiencies, automation and technology selection. For additional information contact Duncan Sheppard at dsheppard@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4531.  
  • Rail Workforce Development Committee (RWDC): This committee was formed to address industry concerns about the workforce and skills shortages that threaten to limit rail's ability to meet the short and long term transport task. These challenges are being addressed by the establishment of working partnerships between stakeholders from within and external, to the industry. For additional information click here or contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.
  • National Rail Industry Worker Governance Committee: The National Track Safety Induction (NTSI) Governance Committee is made up of representatives from accredited rail operators and infrastructure managers. It was established to implement and manage the development of ongoing operations of the NTSI Course. The NTSI was developed to ensure a national approach towards consistency in rail safety training. For additional information click here or contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.
  • National Track Safety Induction Governance Group: The National Track Safety Induction (NTSI) Governance Committee is made up of representatives from accredited rail operators and infrastructure managers. It was established to implement and manage the development of ongoing operations of the NTSI Course. The NTSI was developed to ensure a national approach towards consistency in rail safety training. For additional information click here or contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.

 


PASSENGER

 
  • Passenger Transport Group (PTG): Through the PTG, Chief Executives of major passenger rail operators are working together to achieve improved operational outcomes and to provide greater levels of customer service to become the leading mode of transport for all Australians. A sub-group of the PTG is the Signal Past at Dangers (SPADs) Working Group. For additional information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.
  • Customer Service Working Group: The Customer Service Working Group has been formed to collectively address customer service matters arising from passenger rail operators across Australia and New Zealand and to provide a consultative forum that can be used to ensure operators continually improve their customer service offering. For more information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.
  • Disability Policy Working Group (DPWG): The DPWG brings together disability policy experts from passenger rail operators across the country, to consider and provide a whole of industry approach to all current and emerging accessibility issues. For additional information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.
  • Women in Rail Advisory Committee: The Women in Rail Advisory Committee (WiRAC) has been established by the Passenger Transport Group* to develop a national strategy and accompanying action plan that passenger operators can implement to improve gender diversity in the Australasian rail industry. For additional information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.
  • Revenue Protection Working Group: The Revenue Protection Working Group will explore and share information and practices and identify opportunities for industry collaboration around initiatives including infrastructure design, ticketing, signage, fare structures etc to improve industry revenue protection. For additional information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.

 


FREIGHT

 
  • Rail Freight and Ports Group (RFPG): Chief Executives and senior management representatives from freight rail operators and track owners, meet to provide a whole of industry approach to all freight transport related matters. Sub-groups of the RFPG include; the Inland Rail; Infrastructure Priorities; and the Road Pricing Policy Working Group's. For additional information, please contact Duncan Sheppard at dsheppard@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4531.

 


SUPPLIERS, MANUFACTURERS & CONTRACTORS

 
  • Rail Contractors Group (RCG): Formed in 2011, the RCG brings together representatives of rail contractors. The Group is currently working to improve the policy environment that rail contractors operate within with a focus on key matters such as procurement and tendering. For additional information, please contact Phil Allan via pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.
  • Rail Industry Group (RIG): The RIG is focused on key matters that are relevant to manufacturers and suppliers. These include regulation, skills and resources and harmonisation of practices across the industry. For additional information, please contact Phil Allan via pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.