Celebrating the best of the rail industry

The Australasian Rail Industry Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements, innovation and successes of those working in the rail industry.

New date confirmed: 4 November 2021

The annual Australasian Rail Industry Awards will now take place on the new date of Thursday 4 November 2021, to ensure as many people as possible can take part in the event to help us celebrate the best in the rail industry.

If you have already registered to attend, your booking has been automatically transferred to the new date. If you are unable to attend on the new date, email us to arrange a full refund.

Nominations for the 2021 Australasian Rail Industry Awards (ARI Awards) have closed. Finalists will be announced in August, with winners to be confirmed at our gala dinner on 4 November 2021.

Finalists announced!

Recognising the best and brightest in the industry  

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2021 Australasian Rail Industry (ARI) Awards.  These people, projects and teams represent some of the best and brightest in the rail industry and their recognition celebrates their outstanding contribution and innovation over the past year.  

The finalists were chosen from among high calibre nominations across 13 award categories.   

Signalling and Systems Engineering Award (IRSE) 

  • Lido Costa, Rio Tinto Iron Ore 
  • Eric Poon, Transdev Australasia 

Emerging Rail Specialist Award (RTAA) 

  • Jake Vanderlinde, Shoal Group 
  • Alexander Taylor, RKR Engineering 
  • Nithurshan Nadarajah, Monash Institute of Railway Technology 

Young Achiever Award (PWI NSW) 

  • Ben Bakowski, Coleman Rail 
  • Melanie Bowden, CPB Contractors 
  • Devin Devendra, WSP 

Young Rail Professional Award (RTSA) 

  • Christopher Bowen, Downer – Rail and Transit Systems
  • Mary Nguyen, Sydney Trains 
  • Ben Milroy, Downer 
  • Phillip Bradt, DB Engineering and Consulting 

Safety Award (RISSB) 

  • Monash Institute of Railway Technology – In-service Instrumented Vehicles 
  • Sydney Trains – Platform Gap Filler 
  • Sydney Trains – Enterprise Track Worker Safety Program (ETWS) Program 

Customer Service Award (ARA) 

  • Metro Trains Melbourne – A year of challenge: dynamic customer service 
  • Sydney Trains – Sydney Harbour Bridge Rail Deck Upgrade 
  • Wabtec Corporation – Delivering results during uncertain times 
  • Sydney Trains – Multimodal Customer Information at Stations 

Employee Engagement Award (ARA)
Sponsored by Andrew Engineering 

  • Level Crossings Removal Project – LeadSafe 
  • Transport for NSW – I’m Transport 
  • VicTrack – VTV: Innovative employee engagement on a shoestring 
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – Stay Connected at Metro 

Freight Rail Excellence Award (ARA) 

  • Pacific National – Provisioning Excellence 
  • Arc Infrastructure – Hampton Intermodal Terminal 
  • Transpower Electronics – Hydrogen Fuel Cellsto power electric locomotives including Slip/Slide control of bogie wheels 

Innovation and Technology Award (ARA)
Sponsored by GS1 Australia  

  • North Western Program Alliance – Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Removal Project – 1500V Electrol Remote Isolation Switch Innovation 
  • KiwiRail, Downer, Aurecon – Trentham to Upper Hutt Double Tracking 
  • Rio Tinto Iron Ore – Banking – An Augmentation to the AutoHaul System 
  • Downer, TrainTraX – Data driven decision making for everyday train maintenance activities

Rail Sustainability Award (ARA)
Sponsored by Coleman Rail 

  • Southern Program Alliance – Additional Works Package 1 – Cheltenham and Mentone 
  • Western Program Alliance – Cranbourne Line Upgrade – Eumemmerring Creek Bridge 
  • Rail Infrastructure Alliance – Sunbury Line Rail Corridor Ecological Enhancements 
  • North Western Program Alliance – High Street, Level Crossing Removal Project – Reservoir Station Sustainability 

Workforce Diversity Award (ARA)
Sponsored by North Star Consultancy 

  • North Western Program Alliance – Workforce Diversity 
  • GHD – Australia Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) Strategy 
  • Downer  – Downer’s Maryborough Facility methodology to increase workforce diversity 
  • Queensland Rail – Inclusion Council 

TrackSAFE Foundation Award 

  • Queensland Rail – Trains Can’t Stop Quickly. You Can. level crossing campaign 
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – Rail RUOK? Month at Metro 
  • North Western Program Alliance – Fatigue Risk Management System 
  • North Western Program Alliance – Covid-19 Response Group 

Career Achievement Award (ARA)
Sponsored by Frauscher Australia 

  • Winner will be announced on 4 November

See category details here in the Nomination Guide 

Award winners will be announced at our ARI Awards Gala Dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 4 November. The gala dinner is a highlight of the rail industry calendar, so be sure you book early to secure your place.  

Proceeds from the ARI Awards go to the TrackSAFE Foundation, a registered Harm Prevention Charity established by the industry to reduce near collisions, injuries, and fatalities on the rail network from suicide and reckless behaviour. 

The ARI Awards recognise and celebrate individual and company achievements in the rail industry, showcasing examples of excellence and innovation to support its growth and success. 

Celebrate with the industry at the awards gala dinner 

Award winners will be announced at our ARI Awards Gala Dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 4 November. The dinner is always a highlight of the rail industry calendar, so make sure you book your place early to help us celebrate the industry’s achievements in 2021. 

Date and time: Thursday 4 November from 6.30pm – 11.30pm AEST
Location: Palladium Room, Crown Towers, Melbourne
Tickets: Individual $200 including GST | Table of 10 $2000 including GST 

Book now to secure your place. 

Book with confidence 

As always, safety is our number one priority.  In the event of changing Covid-19 restrictions, be assured that your booking will be automatically transferred to a new date or fully refunded. Contact the ARA events team for more information. 

 Our 2021 Award sponsors

Gold Partner and Career Achievement Award Sponsor


Award category sponsors



Employee Engagement Award




Innovation and technology award



Rail sustainability award



Workforce Diversity Award




Supporting partners



Media partner



Program partner



Show your support for industry by becoming an awards sponsor

~ Download the Awards Sponsorship Prospectus here ~  

The ARI Awards Dinner offers a unique opportunity to applaud and support excellence and innovation in Australia’s rail industry. This will provide exceptionally broad promotional and branding opportunities to the awards sponsors. Remaining sponsorship opportunities: 

  • Platinum Sponsor
  • Silver Sponsor
  • Freight Excellence Award Sponsor 
  • TrackSAFE Foundation Award Sponsor 

Should you wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact ARA General Manager Events and Partnerships Jacqui Murkins.

Hosts of the awards

The awards were established in partnership with a range of rail organisations in recognition of our shared support for excellence in the rail industry. We thank the Rail Track Association Australia, Rail Technical Society Australasia, Permanent Way Institution, Institution of Railway Signal Engineers and Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board for their continued support.

Celebrate with the industry at the awards gala dinner

Award winners will be announced at our ARI Awards Gala Dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 4 November. The dinner is always a highlight of the rail industry calendar, so make sure you book your place early to help us celebrate the industry’s achievements in 2021.

Date and time: Thursday 4 November from 6.30pm – 11.30pm AEST
Location: Palladium Room, Crown Towers, Melbourne
Tickets: Individual $200 including GST | Table of 10 $2000 including GST

Book now to secure your place.

Supporting rail safety

Proceeds from the Australasian Rail Industry Awards go to the TrackSAFE Foundation, a registered harm prevention charity established by the industry to reduce near collisions, injuries and fatalities on the rail network resulting from suicide and reckless behaviour.

Need to know more?

If you need any further information on the nomination process, sponsorship or the awards, email us at events@ara.net.au or call +61 2 6232 4700.

2020 Awards winners and finalists

The 2020 awards showcased the outstanding achievement of those working in rail in the most difficult of years. Congratulations to all our 2020 winners and finalists.

Click here to view the 2020 awards winners.

View our past winners from 2018 and 2019.

Key contacts

General Manager Events and Partnerships