What We Do

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is the peak body for the rail sector in Australia and New Zealand.

We represent more than 150 member organisations including passenger and freight operators, track owners and managers, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and consultants. Members include listed and private rail- related companies, government agencies and franchisees.

What We Do


  • Promoting the amenity and economic benefits of the rail sector
  • Advocating for favorable policy and regulatory settings to government
  • Paving a way for technological uptake, and emerging economic, freight and urban planning priorities
  • Making submissions to government policy and parliamentary inquiry processes

Networking and Business

  • Providing multiple events throughout the year for networking and business development opportunities
  • Connecting member companies with governments and other suppliers, consultants, construction and manufacturing members
  • Giving members significant discounts (20%) at all ticketed Association events, includes conference delegate bookings, exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities to AusRAIL
  • Providing sponsorship opportunities for brand marketing

Collaboration and Sharing

  • Committees and working groups share knowledge and collaborate for improved operational and productivity outcomes across industry
  • Members host ARA events such as specialist forums, Leader’s Lunches or other events as desired. The ARA can provide event management
  • Industry briefings provide members with an overview of industry strategies, project alliance opportunities and government programs
  • Connecting individuals and organisations to our international network around Australia, New Zealand and the globe

Rail Careers

  • Marketing the rail sector to graduates, employees and school leavers
  • Promotion of rail careers through railcareers.net.au and Rail Careers Week


How We Work

The ARA is a Company Limited by Guarantee with over 150 member companies.  The ARA Board is made up of an independent Chairperson, the Chief Executive Officer, eight General Directors and four Industry Directors. Four executive committees report into the ARA Board to direct the ARA’s work program. They are:

  • Passenger Transport Group representing heavy and light rail operators
  • Rail freight and Ports Group representing freight rail operators, track owners and ports
  • Rail Contractor Group representing companies who build new infrastructure such as track, tunnels, stations, signaling and electrification
  • Rail Industry Group representing manufacturers and suppliers of rolling stock


We have numerous working groups that work collaboratively to develop policy and improved practice for government and industry.


We also have a range of initiatives to attract and retain young rail professionals under 35 years of age and women working in rail.