A national approach to planning, procurement and policy for the rail industry would help drive procurement form and support a nationwide local content focus that gives rail businesses the scale and certainty they need to grow.
The Australian rail industry is currently facing a skills crisis. With an ageing workforce exacerbating the looming skills challenge, investment is need to provide strong pathways into the rail industry, and promote easy movement of people across projects in different jurisdictions.
A long term focus
A strong rail supply chain must have funding certainty and a commitment to innovation. Sustainability principles must be embedded in every aspect of the supply chain to make the most of the benefits the rail industry can deliver.