Policy & Media

ARA Skills Capability Study

Skills Crisis- A Call to Action
In May 2018, the Australasian Railway Association engaged BIS Oxford Economics to undertake a workforce capability analysis for the rail industry.
The study was based on planned and forecast growth in rail infrastructure and rolling stock in Australia and New Zealand over the next 10 years, with implications for a range of rail industry skills across construction, manufacturing, operations and maintenance.

Fact Sheets

National Rail Industry Plan Value of Rail Statement of Corporate Intent


Trainline is a joint publication between the ARA and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). 
It provides key insights and analysis of the railway industry by providing up to date information on commodity flows, urban patronage, regional passenger services and technology changes. It also analyses traffic levels, the provision of infrastructure and rolling stock and railway performance. 

National Rail Industry Plan for the Benefit of Australia

The rail industry makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy. Going forward, with proper planning, together with Commonwealth, State and Territory Government contribution, a National Rail Industry Plan for the Benefit of Australia will significantly assist the industry to achieve its full potential. 

Accessibility Temporary Exemptions Reports

Passenger rail services exist to transport the community and thus ARA member passenger rail operators view their role in providing access for all in the community with the utmost importance.  As complete access cannot be achieved immediately, Australia’s rail industry continues to be committed to achieving continuous improvements.  This ensures rail is actively enhancing the access it provides for all individuals in our communities.

Media and Publications


For all media enquiries please contact Mal Larsen 0423 783 667 or email mlarsen@ara.net.au
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Rail has a positive story to tell.

Currently, congested roads, environmental degradation, increased road accidents, a growing population and climate change are all having an effect on our local communities.

Rail can provide a key part of the solution to these national challenges. Any change that sees more freight and more people travelling by rail will improve the safety of those travelling on our roads, reduce road congestion, reduce road accidents, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and most importantly, improve the quality of life for all Australians.

Media Enquiries

For all media enquiries please contact Mal Larsen 0423 783 667 or email mlarsen@ara.net.au
Subscribe to ARA Communications here. 


Network maps


Map of Australian Railways

Ten years since its last edition, the GeoScience Railways of Australia Map was updated in 2014 to include the latest network of railway lines across our vast and growing country.

In conjunction with the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, GeoScience Australia has developed a map depicting more than 42,000km’s of track covering passenger and freight lines, interstate networks and suspended services across the broad, standard and narrow gauges.

Value of Rail

The contribution of rail in Australia

Australia's population growth rate - around 1.5% a year - is among the highest in OECD countries, and since the year 2000, out population has grown by more than 25%. This growth, projected into the future, has startling consequences: Australia's population is forecast to double by 2017, reaching almost 45 million people. This means that, on average, the population will increase by 370,000 people every year for the next 50 years.