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

Annual Report 2019

The ARA has produced an Annual Report for the 2019 year, which was released at AusRAIL PLUS 2019 in Sydney.

The report covers the key activites and policy priorities of the past year. 

Please click here or on the image to the right to read the report.


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 Joeley Pettit on 0407 061 421 or email jpettit@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
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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.