Supporting diversity in rail

Diverse teams drive performance, innovation and solutions that better meet the needs of the community. We recognise the importance of supporting greater participation and advancement of women in rail to support the industry's long term success.

Women represent an increasing part of the rail industry’s workforce, but there remains work to do to achieve greater gender diversity.

Our Women in Rail Committee was established to spearhead the industry’s focus on this critical issue and create new opportunities for women to network, share information and access professional development designed for people forging their careers in rail.

Join our Women in Rail Network

The Women in Rail Network was established to provide new networking opportunities for women working in rail.

If you are working for an ARA member organisation, you can join our Women in Rail LinkedIn group to stay up to date with all the latest information and industry updates.

You can also look out for our regular Women in Rail lunches and other events in our newsletter, so make sure you are subscribed if you would like to attend.

Be part of our mentoring program

The Women in Rail Mentoring Program is available to women working in ARA member organisations. To find out more, visit our mentoring hub.

Reporting on gender diversity

The ARA releases a Gender Diversity Report every two years to track the industry’s progress across Australia and New Zealand.

Our latest report was released in 2022, confirming that while more women are advancing their careers in rail, there remains more work to do to improve participation in the industry. Women currently make up 24 per cent of the rail workforce, with more women also taking on leadership roles.

View the report here.

Diversity initiatives library

The ARA has compiled a range of case studies showcasing diversity initiatives in place across the industry. View our case studies here.

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