Key Issues


The Australasian Railway Association represents major rail contractors in Australia and New Zealand. Advocating on behalf of these companies is the Rail Contractors Group.


Rail embraces environmental stewardship as an important part of its corporate commitment and makes significant investment every year in the pursuit of innovation and new methodologies with the goal of reducing its environmental impact.



Telecommunications – the backbone of rail infrastructure

Light Rail


A Sustainable Solution to an Urban Lifestyle

At the start of the 21st Century, more than 400 light rail systems were in operation and 100 systems were under construction around the world.[i] In the last decade, Australia has experienced a light rail renaissance.

High Speed Rail

Following multiple studies and years of debate, a 350km/hr High Speed Rail line is back on public and political agendas.

High Speed Rail is not another rail project. This is long-term nation-building project designed for the future landscape of Australia.

Australia’s rising population is overloading our cities, creating crippling congestion and increasing the demand on our transport systems. 

If our cities come to a standstill, so too will our nation’s productivity.

Key Issues

The rail industry is broad and far-reaching across both Australia and New Zealand, not only in the vast distances our networks cover, but also the many topics and areas of specialty within the industry.
On these pages we attempt to outline some of the key areas of the industry and projects of the ARA in a concise format.
To ensure we best engage with and represent our 150 plus member organisations, we split rail into four sectors: 


Passenger Rail


Urban overcrowding, traffic congestion, pollution and housing affordability affect the way Australians live, work and travel.

Congested roads cost Australia $15 billion annually through time wasted in traffic, delays and disruption to businesses, associated health problems and accidents.