Women in Rail Mentoring Program 2020

About the program

The ARA Women in Rail Mentoring Program is a six-month program designed to support, guide and retain women currently employed in the rail industry through professional and leadership development and to expand their industry knowledge. Following the successful pilot program in 2019, the ARA decided to continue the program in 2020.

Mentoring is a key activity of the ARA Women in Rail Strategy aimed to provide an opportunity for information sharing and career development. The ‘e-mentoring’ format enables mentors and mentees from different organisations, cities and states to communicate online at their convenience to provide broader opportunities for growing networks and the cross-fertilisation of ideas throughout industry, benefiting rail as a whole. 

120 representatives of the following organisations have been accepted for the program in 2020:


Arc Infrastructure, ARTC, Arup, Aurecon, BHP, Coleman Rail, CPB Contractors, Downer, Gemco Rail, GHD, Inland Rail, Jacobs, John Holland Group, Keolis Downer, Laing O'Rourke, MTM, NSW TrainLink, Qtectic, Queensland Rail, Rio Tinto, Siemens Mobility, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, Strukton Rail Australia, Sydney Trains, Thales, Training Ahead Australia, Transdev Wellington, Transport for NSW, V/Line, VicTrack and WSP


Alium Works, ARTC, Arup, Aurecon, BHP, Bombardier Transportation Australia, CPB Contractors, Department of Transport Victoria, Downer, GE Transportation, a Wabtec Company, Infrastructure Advisory Group, Inland Rail, Jacobs, John Holland Group, Laing O'Rourke, Lendlease, McConnell Dowell, Metro Trains Melbourne, NSW TrainLink, Pacific National, Queensland Rail, Rio Tinto, Sydney Trains, Systra, Transdev Sydney, Transport for NSW, UGL, V/Line, WSP and Yarra Trams

Recognising the importance of connecting our industry during COVID-19, the ARA is expanding the capacity of the ARA Women in Rail Mentoring program to accommodate 60 pairs instead of the planned 40. The fees for mentees have also been reduced to $350 to acknowledge the financial pressures being experienced by rail organisations during this time. The initial face-to-face event will be rescheduled and participants will be notified accordingly.
How the ARA Women in Rail Mentoring Program works >>
Mentoring Program Code of Conduct >>
Program Information Webinar slides>>


Participants of the 2019 Women in Rail Mentoring program at the close event in Sydney.
Indication of the time commitment for mentors and mentees:
Activity Approx. length
Training, reading and webinars About 3 days in total
Preparation and time spent in mentoring conversations & follow-ups 1-2 hours per month
Program surveys 1/2 hours in total
Key dates:


Approx. date

Applications Open

29 January 2020 TBC

Program Information Webinar 14 February 2020

Applications Close

6 March 2020

Matching Pairs, Confirmation to Participants

10 April 2020

Program Launch Webinar

27 April 2020

Program Networking Event TBC

Program Progress Review Webinar

August 2020

Completion of the Program

27 October 2020


Please contact the ARA with any enquiries via programs@ara.net.au