Women in Rail

Rail is undergoing 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, rail organisations 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 recognising the many benefits it brings. The significant growth facing the industry provides the perfect leverage to initiate this change.

In developing a national plan, the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) convened a one-day workshop, bringing together ARA-members 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 Women in Rail Advisory Committee was established to manage the implementation of the Women in Rail Strategy.

 

Gender Diversity Report of the Australasian Rail Workforce

The ARA, on behalf of the rail industry collects diversity data to provide a greater understanding of the gender diversity within the Australasian rail workforce, beyond what is captured by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)

The ARA has now conducted a second gender balance survey of the Australasian rail workforce to track changes since our last survey in 2017. These surveys aim to provide us with a greater understanding of the policies and initiatives in place within the industry that support gender diversity within the Australasian rail workforce, and will allow comparison with other industries. The information will also continue to guide the initiatives of the ARA and industry.

The 2019 Gender Diversity Survey has confirmed more women are advancing their careers in rail, but there is still more to do to improve participation in the industry. Women now make up 27 per cent of the rail workforce, which is a six per cent improvement over the last two years and about three quarters of participating organisations also had formal policies to support flexible work arrangements in place. 86 per cent of participating organisations have formal policies or strategies in place to support gender diversity and more than half have specific recruitment policies or strategies to improve gender balance in their organisations.

The 2019 Gender Diversity Report of the Australasian Rail Workforce can be viewed here.

The 2019 Gender Diversity Report Card can be viewed here.

The 2017 Gender Diversity Report of the Australasian Rail Workforce can be viewed here.

The 2017 Gender Diversity Report Card can be viewed here.

The information collected assists the ARA and its members to establish benchmarks to track developments in this area, and will assist the ARA in creating initiatives to address gender diversity.

 

Mentoring Programs for Women in Rail 

There are significant benefits in being mentored (and being a mentor!).

After the successful pilot of the ARA’s Women in Rail Mentoring Program in 2019, the ARA is running the Mentoring Program again in 2020.

Applications for both Mentors and Mentees for 2020 have now closed, please see the program page for further details of the program.

 

Women in Rail Lunches

The ARA has hosted a number of Women in Rail lunches since 2017 to celebrate and champion women in rail to achieve a gender diverse and inclusive Australasian rail workforce.
 
A Communique for the Women in Rail Lunch held in Melbourne in March 2017 is available here.
 
A Communique for the Women in Rail Lunch held in Melbourne in March 2018 is available here.
 
A Communique for the Women in Rail Lunch held in Perth in May 2018 is available here.
 
A Communique for the Women in Rail Lunch held in Melbourne in March 2019 is available here.
 
Three Women in Rail lunches were planned for 2020, please see the events page for further details regarding these.
 
Sponsorship opportunities are available for these lunches. Please email events@ara.net.au for more information.
 
 

More Information

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