The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is leading an Australian trade delegation to InnoTrans in Berlin this week, showcasing the range of projects and innovations underpinning the industry’s significant growth.

The delegation will include 180 senior representatives of the Australian rail industry from more than 60 organisations, from passenger and rail freight operators to contractors, manufacturers and suppliers.

ARA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the event coincided with a wave of new rail projects underway across Australia.

“Australia is expecting $155 billion in rail investment over the next 15 years as new projects are delivered to support the country’s growth,” Ms Wilkie said.

“The Australian trade delegation will be sharing insights from the huge range of projects underway and discussing the industry’s needs as it continues to deliver this significant pipeline of work.”

Ms Wilkie said the delegation provided the opportunity to learn more about the innovation, technology and new solutions being implemented on these projects.

“Our contractors and suppliers are delivering new approaches to improve efficiency and productivity, create more sustainable outcomes and enhance the customer experience,” Ms Wilkie.

“This week represents a great opportunity to connect with the rail businesses leading this work.”

The delegation will also be discussing the need for skilled workers in Australia to support this period of growth.

“We are expecting a gap of 70,000 skilled workers next year and need to urgently attract new people to Australia’s rail industry,” Ms Wilkie said.

“There has never been a better time to forge a rich and rewarding career in rail and we will be sharing more information on working in Australia during our time at InnoTrans.”

The Australia stand will be located in Hall 10.1, Stand 200 from Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 September 2022 as part of InnoTrans.

The ARA will host three networking functions at the stand during the week, including:

  • Tuesday 20 September from 4pm – 6pm: Networking drinks hosted by Martinus
  • Wednesday 21 September from 12pm – 1.30pm: Networking lunch hosted by Unipart
  • Thursday 22 September from 9.30am – 10.30am: Networking breakfast hosted by John Holland Group

Ms Wilkie will also deliver a presentation on the Australian rail industry at the Speakers’ Corner on Thursday 22 September from 12.30 – 1.30pm.

For more information on the Australian rail delegation, including our company directory, visit

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