Women discuss rail at an ARA Women in Rail Lunch.
Diversity in Rail Lunch, Sydney - postponed


Due to the continuing uncertainty relating to the evolving COVID-19 situation, ARA events planned to be held until the end of September will not be going ahead. We are planning to rescheduled in 2021, new dates will be promoted in the ARA Weekly Update and Event Alert emails when confirmed.

If you have booked places for an event, we will be in contact with you to organise refunds.

We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued support.


The purpose of the event is to promote the value of a gender-balanced Australasian workforce, acknowledge the challenges that as an industry we need to overcome and foster a culture of appropriately championing diversity in rail.

Date: to be advised

Venue: Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, 161 Elizabeth Street

Time: 12.00 to 2.30pm 

Keynote speaker: Virginia Haussegger AM, Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at The University of Canberra's Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) where she is Adjunct Professor, will be presenting on the International Women's Day Theme of 'Generational Equality'. Virginia is a gender diversity advocate, communication specialist and award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose media career spans more than 25 years.


  • Narelle Underwood, NSW Surveyor General & Director Survey Operations
  • Mark Adams, Principal, Arup


  • Raquel Rubalcaba, Operations Manager, CPB Contractors (Facilitator)
  • Sharon Gray, Corporate Indigenous and Social Inclusion Manager, CPB Contractors and
  • Thy Pham, Site Engineer, Parramatta Light Rail, CPB Contractors

The ARA's Gender Diversity Report Card will also be released at this event. The report card will show changes in the gender balance of the rail industry since our last survey in 2017, allowing for comparison with other industries and a greater understanding of the policies and initiatives in place within the rail industry.

Gold Sponsors:


Cost (incl GST):

  • ARA Members $105 per person, $1,050 for a table of 10
  • Non-Members $135 per person, $1,350 for a table of 10

Sponsorship opportunities available:

Further information: Contact ARA Events Manager, or 02 6270 4527