Understanding Rail Course

If you are new to the Rail Industry, or have recently assumed a different or broader role, or perhaps you have been in rail for years and believe a refreshing update of the entire Australasian Rail Industry would be beneficial, then Understanding Rail is the course for you.

The two-day course has been designed for those interested in gaining an up-to-date, high level overview of all aspects of the Rail Industry including the operational, technical, legislative and business environment.

Speakers are drawn from ARA members and relevant Government organisations, and include CEOs, Executive General Managers, Executive Directors etc. The course is a great opportunity to learn from people who have been working in the rail industry for many years and gain from their wealth of knowledge and experience.

To ensure a friendly learning and networking environment, attendance numbers are set at 50-60.

Due to the continuing uncertainty relating to the evolving COVID-19 situation, and the travel and event attendance restrictions being introduced by some members, the ARA Board has has decided that all ARA events until the end of June will not be going ahead. We are planning for these events to be rescheduled later this year, 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 in the next two weeks or organise refunds.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however the health and wellbeing of attendees is of the utmost importance to the ARA and we appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued support.

Understanding Rail Course flyer

    Dates for 2020

    Registration fee

    Registration includes the two-day course, hard copy and electronic versions of all presentations, networking dinner, morning, afternoon teas and lunches. Prices are in $AUD and include GST:

    • ARA members - $1,280 (when registering online, email events@ara.net.au for the ARA Member Discount Code)
    • Non-members - $1,660

    Feedback from previous course attendees

    • Best course/conference on rail I have attended in 10 years in rail!
    • What a great course! It would be fantastic if other industry groups held this too. I found that there were diverse and knowledgeable presenters, a great mix of people and some real laughs throughout
    • Fantastic overview of how all areas contribute to the running of rail.
    • Wish I had done the course earlier, it is all starting to make sense now.
    • A must do for all people entering or working in the rail industry. Good to see an association providing a platform for industry leaders to deliver practical and useful education in plain English.
    • Overall a really excellent course packed with valuable information.
    • A thoroughly enjoyable two days – excellent networking opportunities.
    • Overall a great two day course, very informative and practical to the Rail Industry. I enjoyed the variety of speakers.
    • Rail is complex and fascinating. I know much more than I did before, and I believe I can serve the industry better.

    Course content

    • The Australasian Rail Industry
    • Track Infrastructure
    • Rollingstock
    • Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
    • Rail Safety and Regulations
    • TrackSAFE Foundation
    • Train Control and Signalling
    • New and Future Technologies in Rail
    • Track Access and Regulations
    • Rail Operations
    • Systems Engineering
    • Challenges in Running a Passenger Network
    • Rail, Road and Sea – The Great Freight Debate
    • Rail Projects – Case Studies

    More information

    Please contact Events Manager via events@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4527.