Women in Rail

Rail is entering an exciting period as a result of unprecedented investment and expansion. This transformation provides rail with the unique opportunity to embrace change and improve the gender diversity of our workforce.

Currently, passenger operators are at differing stages of the gender diversity journey. As a whole, the industry has an ageing and male-dominated workforce but shares a strong desire to actively improve the gender balance throughout rail. The significant growth facing the industry provides the perfect leverage to initiate this change.  The timing is right.

To initiate a national plan, the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) convened a one-day workshop, bringing together passenger rail representatives and ARA-member consultants as the Women in Rail Advisory Committee (the committee). During this workshop the committee detailed existing diversity and inclusion programs, brainstormed options for a national approach to improving  rail’s gender imbalance, while sharing an enthusiasm to act. The recommendations from this workshop are outlined in the Women in Rail Strategy.

To view the Women in Rail Strategy, click here.  

The strategy has been approved by the Passenger Transport Group. In the first instance, the industry will progress recommendations one and four; branding and promotion of the industry and the development of a national framework to assist organisations on their gender diversity journey.


Women in Rail Lunch – 8 March 2017

Individuals and organisations from across the Australasian rail industry met in Melbourne on 8 March 2017 to mark International Women’s Day and to discuss increasing the representation of women in the rail industry.

A Communique from the Women in Rail Lunch is available here.


More Information

For more information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or 02 6270 4512.