The ARA annual conference is the largest rail event in the southern hemisphere.

Alternating each year between AusRAIL PLUS, a three-day conference and attached exhibition and AusRAIL, held over two days, this event brings the rail industry in Australia and New Zealand together as well as attracting speakers, conference attendees and visitors from across the world.


AusRAIL 2020 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 1-2 December 2020, providing a platform for people to meet, collaborate and trade.

It is bringing together those who design, build, maintain and support the rail industry – key industry and government stakeholders, customers, researchers, suppliers and our young rail professionals to showcase the industry’s achievements, capabilities, resilience and opportunities.

  • A two-day conference with dedicated plenary and technical streams
  • A two-day, large exhibition with 120 expected exhibiting companies
  • Delegate Welcome Reception
  • Exhibition Networking Drinks Function
  • Six delegate catering breaks within the exhibition hall
  • AusRAIL Gala Dinner

This year’s theme, 20/20 Vision for Rail, looks to build a clear vision for the future, examining opportunities for advancement and the expectations for the rail sector over the coming years. It will display the exciting new technological developments that are driving new future possibilities and provide updates on the ever evolving pipeline of opportunities, especially with so much stimulus starting to be channelled through rail in the region as a way to kickstart the economy.

In New Zealand, the government is investing a record $54 billion (AUD$53.5) in land transport over the next decade as part of New Zealand’s economic recovery. In Australia, industry is campaigning for similar stimulus packages to fast track infrastructure projects in a bid to ease the impacts of the crisis and already it is being broadcast that rail stimulus will be a “major component in $50bn Qld infrastructure spend”.

The ARA acknowledges that the Australasian rail industry and community at large, is currently operating under challenging conditions with the evolving COVID-19 situation. From our passengers to supply chains across a global network of customers, these times of disruption have highlighted the even greater need to collaborate, offer support and use innovation as part of resilience and recovery.

In these emergency times, the rail industry is continuing to play its vital part in moving people and goods around Australia. 

Now even more so AusRAIL 2020 will be the place to be! We are certain by December the rail sector will be ‘chomping at the bit’ to take advantage of the new information, technology and messaging that will be shared during this time of change.


Why you should exhibit:

  • Meet senior executives from all over Australasia and from around the world under one roof over two days in a relaxed environment filled with high contact networking opportunities and quality branding
  • Raise your corporate profile, provide exposure to your products and services at an international level and increase your brand value within the global rail sector
  • Raise your profile and increase your brand value in the rail sector
  • Network with the highest level Australasian Owner/Operators (end users), global manufacturers and leading figures of the rail sector under one roof! A feat you could not achieve door-to-door in a calendar year


Premium Platinum & Gala Dinner Sponsor:


Lanyard Sponsor:


Exhibition Networking Drinks Sponsor:


Official AusRAIL Charity:

For more information on the opportunities available, please contact Deborah Bocock, AusRAIL sponsorship and exhibition manager,  on (02) 9080 4348 or to discuss the options that may suit your business.

Further Information:

Further information is available on the AusRAIL 2020 website


2019 Conference Theme: Delivering Growth; Creating Opportunity Embracing Technology

AusRAIL PLUS 2019 was held at the International Convention Centre Sydney on 3-5 December 2019.

Over 7,500 visitors and more than 1,100 Conference attendees made this the largest AusRAIL event to date.

Over three days the massive Exhibition Hall hummed with activity as 383 exhibiting companies displayed and demonstrated their wares, networked and did business. 

The conference agenda included industry leaders, government officials and the next generation of rail employees.

The three networking events we also very well attended with the gala dinner reaching capacity before the event and the RTAA Yellow Tie dinner achieving a record 1,350 diners. This dinner also saw the silent auction of the "One Less" dress, made entirely from yellow ties, with proceeeds going to the TrackSAFE Foundation