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.

Congratulations to all our 2021 winners and finalists!

We are delighted to announce the winners for the 2021 Australasian Rail Industry (ARI) Awards.  These people, projects and teams represent some of the best and brightest in the rail industry.

The awards recognise their outstanding contribution and innovation over the past year.   

Signalling and Systems Engineering Award (IRSE) 

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

Emerging Rail Specialist Award (RTAA) 

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

Young Achiever Award (PWI NSW) 

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

Young Rail Professional Award (RTSA) 

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

Safety Award (RISSB) 

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

Customer Service Award (ARA) 

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

Employee Engagement Award (ARA)
Sponsored by Andrew Engineering 

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

Freight Rail Excellence Award (ARA) 

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

Innovation and Technology Award (ARA)
Sponsored by GS1 Australia  

  • WINNER: KiwiRail, Downer, Aurecon – Trentham to Upper Hutt Double Tracking 
  • North Western Program Alliance – Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Removal Project – 1500V Electrol Remote Isolation Switch Innovation 
  • 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 

  • WINNER: North Western Program Alliance – High Street, Level Crossing Removal Project – Reservoir Station Sustainability 
  • 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 

Workforce Diversity Award (ARA)

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

TrackSAFE Foundation Award 

  • WINNER: Metro Trains Melbourne – Rail RUOK? Month at Metro 
  • Queensland Rail – Trains Can’t Stop Quickly. You Can. level crossing campaign 
  • 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: Trevor Moore, JMDR

Gold Partner and Career Achievement Award Sponsor


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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.

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.

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.

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