Young Rail Professionals Forum

Since 2017 the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) together with its ARA member partners have held the Young Rail Professional Forums to recognise and support the value, importance and qualities of young professionals in the rail sector. Collectively, the rail sector must harness the right skills required for the future, to ensure the industry's viability and relevance. Rail has entered an exciting period as a result of unprecedented investment and expansion. This transformation provides rail with the unique opportunity to embrace change and improve age diversity in the rail workforce, and we believe that everyone has a role to play in the journey.

Young professionals and managers are encouraged to participate, network and gain wisdom from industry panellists. 

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and Arup invite young professionals who work in rail and their managers, as well as those interested in pursuing a career in rail to attend the Young Rail Professionals Forum to be held in Melbourne on Thursday, 12 December 2019.


ARA Young Rail Professionals Forum 2019 - Melbourne

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019

Venue: Arup, Sky Park, One Melbourne Quarter, 699 Collins Street, Docklands, Victoria 3008

Time: 6.00pm to 8.30pm 




Young professionals and managers are encouraged to participate, network and gain wisdom from the following panellists:

  • Nicole Stoddart, Executive General Manager, Rail and Infrastructure Delivery, Suburban Rail Loop Authority
  • Emilie van de Graaff, Director, Passenger & Network Innovation, Yarra Trams
  • Nick Morris OAM, Accredited Accessibility Consultant, Accessibility Consultants Association of Australia; Director, Morris Goding Accessibility Consulting (MGAC)
  • Zoe Eather, Senior Consultant, Smart Regions and Mobility, Arup.

The panel will be facilitated by Alex Sinickas, University Leader - Foresight + Research + Innovation, Arup with the discussion focused on:

Intelligence mobility. Technologies transform the nature of rail jobs: are you ready for a change?

  • How will technology affect roles in the rail sector?

  • Which roles are affected most? How will rail careers look like in future?

  • Automation, AI and the future of work

  • Workplace prospects: collaboration and flexibility

  • How to prepare for a change?

  • New skills in demand

  • Will technology change the culture in the rail industry?

Free event. Registration includes:

  • Participation in the Forum, Q & A Session and a Workshop activity

  • Networking opportunities - free canapes and drinks provided!

Event Partner

Further information: contact or phone 02 6270 4524

Numbers are limited, so ensure you secure your spot by registering for the event now!

Terms and conditions for attendance at ARA events can be viewed here.