Committees and Groups

The ARA establishes Industry forums where member representatives meet 3 or 4 times a year either face to face or by teleconference to tackle common challenges, explore areas of interest, share or develop innovative ideas and solutions and commission projects.

These groups allow ARA members to work collaboratively and reap the benefits of pooling resources as an Industry rather than working separately as individual companies.

ARA members are welcome to participate in any of our working groups. Please contact the relevant ARA staff member for more information or to get involved.

The following groups are currently active:


CROSS – INDUSTRY

  • Safety Policy Working Group: The aim of the Safety Policy Working Group is to develop an industry view of key safety policy matters including cost recovery, drug and alcohol testing and fatigue management. For more information, please contact Phil Allan at pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.

 

  • SPADs Working Group: Signals Passed at Dangers (SPAD)s pose a significant safety risk for passenger and freight operators across Australia and New Zealand. This dedicated group of SPAD and Safety experts provides a consultative forum to discuss systemic issues and recommended effective industry solutions to decrease the number of SPAD incidents. For more information, please contact Phil Allan at pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.

 

  • Asset Management Working Group: The Asset Management Group brings together heavy and light rail asset managers from Australia and New Zealand to exchange information across all areas of asset management including, but not limited to maintenance, new technologies and innovations, regulatory issues, assurance, compliance and other shared areas of interest in an effort to improve efficiency and productivity and get the best value from rail assets. Two sub-groups have also been established that report to the AMG; the Infrastructure Group and Rollingstock Group. For more information, please contact Duncan Sheppard at dsheppard@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4531.

 

  • Telecommunications (Spectrum) Committee: This committee which includes passenger and freight operators and track managers work together on matters relating to telecommunications with as specific focus on 400MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum issues. For additional information click here or contact Duncan Sheppard at dsheppard@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4531.

 

  • Rail Workforce Development Committee (RWDC): This committee was formed to address industry concerns about the workforce and skills shortages that threaten to limit rail's ability to meet the short and long term transport task. These challenges are being addressed by the establishment of working partnerships between stakeholders from within and external, to the industry. For additional information click here or contact the ARA via ara@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4501.

PASSENGER

  • Passenger Transport Group (PTG): Through the PTG, Chief Executives of major passenger rail operators are working together to achieve improved operational outcomes and to provide greater levels of customer service to become the leading mode of transport for all Australians. A sub-group of the PTG is the Signal Past at Dangers (SPADs) Working Group. For additional information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.

 

  • Light Rail Group: This group brings together the CEOs (or equivalent) of major Australian Light Rail Operators and Authorities in six-monthly meetings to identify key areas of interest for industry to collaborate for improved operational and productivity outcomes, share information and promote light rail. For additional information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.

 

  • Customer Service Working Group: The Customer Service Working Group has been formed to collectively address customer service matters arising from passenger rail operators across Australia and New Zealand and to provide a consultative forum that can be used to ensure operators continually improve their customer service offering. For more information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.

 

  • Disability Policy Working Group (DPWG): The DPWG brings together disability policy experts from passenger rail operators across the country, to consider and provide a whole of industry approach to all current and emerging accessibility issues. For additional information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.

 

  • Revenue Protection Working Group: The Revenue Protection Working Group brings together colleagues from Australian and New Zealand passenger rail operators to share initiatives and collaborate to reduce fare evasion and improve revenue protection on passenger railways, both heavy and light rail systems. For more information, please contact Natalie Currey via ncurrey@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4512.

FREIGHT

  • Freight Transport Group (FTG): Chief Executives and senior management representatives from freight rail operators and track owners, meet to provide a whole of industry approach to all freight transport related matters. Sub-groups of the FTG include; the Inland Rail; Infrastructure Priorities; and the Road Pricing Policy Working Group's. For additional information, please contact Duncan Sheppard at dsheppard@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4531.

SUPPLIERS, MANUFACTURERS & CONTRACTORS

  • Rail Contractors Group (RCG): Formed in 2011, the RCG brings together representatives of rail contractors. The Group is currently working with Infrastructure Australia and other key stakeholders to improve the policy environment that rail contractors operate within. For additional information click here or contact Phil Allan via pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.

 

  • Rail Industry Group (RIG): The RIG (formerly known as the Rail Manufacturing Group) has been working for almost three years progressing a reform agenda through the combined effort of the Australian Federal Government Departments of Innovation (DIISR),Trade (Austrade) and Transport (DOIT) plus all State Governments. A significant increase in resourcing has been established to support companies and advance an industry reform program funded and implemented by all parties. For additional information click here or contact Phil Allan via pallan@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4507.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications Committee: The Communications Committee was established in 2013 and aims to keep Communications representatives from ARA’s member companies informed and across decisions made at the ARA Board and other Committee meetings in order to create a seamless information channel across all areas. For further information, please contact Berna Doksatli via bdoksatli@ara.net.au or on 02 6270 4522.