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LEARN FROM
THE LEADERS
IN INNOVATION,
PRODUCTIVITY
AND SAFETY

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INTRODUCTION The Australian Rail industry employs almost 200,000 people 1

and is the sixth-largest network in the world.


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HIGHER EDUCATION
Rail in Australia underpins the national More than two thirds of agricultural
VOCATIONAL economy and is at the forefront of innovation, commodities are also exported each year5,
EDUCATION AND productivity and world’s best practice. and rail plays a key role in transporting these

TRAINING
products to ports around Australia.
Australia’s capabilities in education and
training are essential to the success of Australia currently has approximately

IN THE WORKPLACE Australia’s rail industry. $12.6 billion worth of government rail
infrastructure either being built, or to be built
The industry operates a sophisticated
in the next three years, to meet resource and
RESEARCH AND passenger network, and is a global leader
in heavy haul rail freight, moving the longest
passenger demands.6
INNOVATION and heaviest freight trains in the world.3 This industry capability report provides an
overview of Australian capability in the rail
Australia exports vast quantities of minerals,
COMPANIES AND and partnerships between Australian
education and training sector, including

CAPABILITIES resources and rail companies support


national resources projects. Aurizon
examples of some of the many Australian
companies with specialist expertise.

FURTHER alone hauls over 250 million tonnes of


commodities annually4, consisting of coal,
Talk to your local Austrade representative for
more tailored advice and information about
INFORMATION iron ore and bulk. connecting and partnering with this industry.

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The Australian rail industry
has built both vocational
and academic qualifications
designed specifically for
the rail industry which can
be taught and recognised
anywhere in the world.

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INTRODUCTION HIGHER EDUCATION deliver training in the rail sector, both in
Australia and offshore. The Centre for
Leaders in this field include Real Serious
Games, known for its cutting-edge
Operating under a national safety Railway Engineering at CQUniversity, training solutions involving virtual reality
HIGHER EDUCATION regulation, Australia enjoys one of Queensland, for example, has developed and gamification (see case study on
the world’s best safety records for train dynamics and rail vehicle simulation p.24) and Sydac, global providers of
VOCATIONAL any rail industry. This is partly due
to a highly skilled, highly trained and
software. This is currently being used in train driver simulators (see case study

EDUCATION AND qualified workforce.


a project with Indian Railways to reduce
passenger impact when a train stops and
on p.27).

TRAINING Some 70 per cent of all rail in Australia is starts (see case study on p.25).
ENGINEERING AND
now owned and/or operated by private Many rail companies are now sending
IN THE WORKPLACE companies.7 This has influenced the their workers to Australia to be trained to RAIL DEGREES
design and delivery of rail industry skills Australian standards and qualifications, The rail industry is one of the most diverse
RESEARCH AND and qualifications. As workers move from
company to company, operators demand
as well as bringing Australian training sectors of the Australian economy, with

INNOVATION
organisations to their regions to train many different academic qualifications
benchmarking of training outcomes so their workers onsite. This was the case required to ensure the safe, efficient and
they can better understand the base skill when Etihad Rail faced a shortage of professional running of the sixth-largest
COMPANIES AND set of individual workers. This has led to skilled workers. They turned to the Centre rail network in the world. While not an
CAPABILITIES
a stronger, more robust and transparent for Excellence in Rail Training (CERT) to exhaustive list by any means, the main
training sector specialising in rail, at both develop a short course to induct Etihad engineering and rail degrees required are:
the public and private end of the training Rail employees into the rail industry (see
FURTHER spectrum and in both academic and case study on p.23). • rail engineering (mainly with a civil or

INFORMATION vocational fields.


Domestic experience has equipped
mechanical engineering background)
• rail signalling engineering
The development of rail-specific Australian training providers to be flexible,
training packages has allowed industry professional and capable of delivering • systems analyst
stakeholders to contribute to the content courses to a large audience. • environmental engineering
of these training packages. Registered
• asset management
Training Organisations (RTOs) with rail
expertise now deliver training in a variety TRAINING • telecommunications
of methodologies, developed to suit the • traction engineering
market and workers alike.
DELIVERY METHODS
• Master of Rail
While traditional face-to-face delivery
The Australian vocational education • network and train control.
is still widely used in the industry, other
and training (VET)8 and academic
methods used in stand-alone or blended
sectors have developed such strong
programs include onsite, online, and
expertise in these areas that they are
4 and 5D and oculus rift (virtual reality).
now sought after internationally to

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INTRODUCTION Australia is a world leader in the
development and delivery of vocational
Australia’s AQTF framework, through its
skills benchmarking, gives an employer
TAFE
education and training. This is mainly confidence that existing or prospective TAFE (Technical and Further Education)
HIGHER EDUCATION due to the national framework that employees have attained a particular facilities are owned and operated by
all Registered Training Organisations skill level appropriate to the qualification state governments in every state across

VOCATIONAL (RTOs), both private and public, must (e.g. Certificate I, II or III). In many other Australia and provide a complete suite of
training in qualifications from Certificate
EDUCATION AND follow – The Australian Quality Training
Framework (AQTF).
countries, employee skill levels depend
more on which institution a person is I to Associate Diploma. TAFE focuses
TRAINING The AQTF is the national set of standards
trained in, rather than the qualification. mainly on core trades (carpentry,
plumbing, electrical), and is the main
which ensures consistent, high-quality This combination of compliance and
IN THE WORKPLACE training and assessment services for the flexibility means Australian education
provider of training in rail across Australia.

clients of Australia’s vocational education and training companies can provide Areas of learning with formalised

RESEARCH AND and training system. The AQTF has standard training or tailor-made solutions accredited courses include:

INNOVATION
operated since 2002. for international rail organisations. • rail infrastructure and rolling
RTOs operate to strict compliance and stock design
The AQTF format has built-in quality
regulatory codes and are capable of
COMPANIES AND indicators which are designed to
help training organisations conduct
training to the same exacting standards
• rail infrastructure construction
• rail infrastructure maintenance
CAPABILITIES evidence-based and outcomes-focused
anywhere in the world.
• rolling stock maintenance
continuous quality improvement, and Throughout Australia there are two
FURTHER assist in operational risk assesment. main types of providers of vocational
education and training - TAFE and
• o
 perations employee training including
drivers, train controllers and freight
INFORMATION Using the AQTF as the backbone for all
training conducted in Australia means
private training providers. handlers
• signalling design and maintenance
that the qualifications received are
flexible enough to be transferred from • rail communications and networks
one industry to another. For example • rail operations management
a Certificate III in Diesel Fitting or including business continuity
Electrotechnology can be utilised in rail and RAMS (Reliability, Availability,
just as easily as it can in mining, road Maintainability, Safety)
transport or manufacturing. • track maintenance
• rail logistics and supply chain
management
• rail safety management.

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INTRODUCTION PRIVATE Rail related VET Qualifications:

TRAINING PROVIDERS • C
 ertificate I, II, III and IV in Transport
HIGHER EDUCATION Private providers are private companies
and Logistics (Rail Operations)
• Certificate II, III in Rail Infrastructure
that have been accredited as a Registered
VOCATIONAL Training Organisation (RTO) and deliver • Certificate II, III in Track Protection

EDUCATION AND training in courses and training packages


that they have been assessed as capable
• C
 ertificate III in Mechanical Rail
Signalling
TRAINING of delivering to the AQTF standard. • Certificate III in Rail Track Surfacing
Private providers tend to deliver courses
IN THE WORKPLACE
• Certificate III in Rail Structures
from a more specialised perspective
(such as train driver, rail infrastructure) and • C
 ertificate III in Electric Passenger
Train Guard
RESEARCH AND are usually flexible in terms of delivery
methodology and location. • Certificate III in Rail Driving
INNOVATION The Metro Academy is one example • Certificate III in Rail Signalling
of an RTO delivering both nationally • Certificate IV in Rail Network Control
COMPANIES AND recognised units of competence and • Certificate IV in Rail Infrastructure
CAPABILITIES tailored non-accredited training programs
for railway workers and contractors.
• Diploma in Frontline Management.

FURTHER The Metro Academy has access to


Melbourne’s metropolitan railway and is
INFORMATION backed by Hong Kong’s MTR.

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INTRODUCTION In addition to training, Australian
organisations and universities can also
RECRUITMENT AND
assist rail companies directly. RETENTION
HIGHER EDUCATION Attracting skilled workers and staff
turnover are potentially high-cost areas
VOCATIONAL CONSULTING AND for any organisation.

EDUCATION AND MANAGEMENT Australian training organisations and


TRAINING STRATEGIES universities, in collaboration with industry
associations, are adept at assisting rail
The rail industry must be consistently
IN THE WORKPLACE
companies develop and implement their
safe and reliable so when issues
recruitment and retention strategies
arise Australian expertise can help
through:
RESEARCH AND identify the causes and develop
appropriate solutions. • c
 reating ‘Employer of Choice’
INNOVATION This was the case when V/Line, the
programs
regional train operator in the Australian • graduate and intern programs
COMPANIES AND state of Victoria, commissioned the • leadership and career advancement
CAPABILITIES Institute of Railway Technology to
investigate the causes of accelerated
programs
• ‘Come and Try’ days

FURTHER
wheel wear on their passenger fleet
• school and university expos
(see case study on p.26).
INFORMATION The Simulation, Modelling, Analysis,
• rail experience programs
• community collaboration
Research and Teaching (SMART)
Infrastructure Facility at the University • mentoring.
of Wollongong is another leader in this
field, building models for rail service
providers that enhance understanding
and appreciation of customer behaviour
(see case study on p.22).

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INTRODUCTION WORKFORCE RAIL INDUSTRY SAFETY RISSB establishes standards in the
following categories:
DEVELOPMENT AND STANDARDS BOARD
HIGHER EDUCATION Australian training organisations The rail industry in Australia is managed
• safety
• operations
and universities, along with industry under a co-regulatory system, with
VOCATIONAL associations and workforce safety being of the utmost importance. • rolling stock

EDUCATION AND development consultants, provide the


expertise and advice to rail companies
The Rail Industry Safety and Standards
• infrastructure

TRAINING developing and upskilling their


Board (RISSB) is responsible for
developing, amending and managing
• wheel rail interface
• train control systems.
workforce. This helps provide career
IN THE WORKPLACE
rail industry standards, rules, codes of RISSB is accredited by the Accreditation
development for workers, as well as a
practice and guidelines, all of which Board for Standards Development
productive and profitable workforce.
have national application. The full suite Organisations as a Standards
RESEARCH AND A framework of education pathways of documents is known as the Australian Development Organisation. It also
INNOVATION has been pioneered by the Australasian
Railway Association so that employees
Code of Practice. delivers training in specialised practices
such as Rail Safety Investigation and
The Australian Code of Practice
can progress their careers through
COMPANIES AND harmonises the processes and Derailment Investigation.
continuous learning.
procedures undertaken in the rail industry,
CAPABILITIES The rail career pathways website is with all companies of a similar nature
For a full suite of products and training
programs visit
designed to assist practitioners in (e.g. infrastructure managers, rolling rissb.com.au
FURTHER recruitment, performance management, stock operators or train controllers)

INFORMATION remuneration, career planning,


professional development and workforce
operating under the same practices.
This has led to a stream-lining of the
planning. It also serves as an attraction, training requirements and qualifications
retention and engagement tool9. necessary in the industry, with skills now
more readily transferable from operator
Visit the rail career pathways guide at
to operator.
railcareerpathways.net.au

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INTRODUCTION The rail industry is one of the most
technical and innovation-driven
THE INSTITUTE OF CENTRE FOR RAILWAY
industries, and to keep up with RAILWAY TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING
HIGHER EDUCATION developments takes commitment and Specialising in capacity building through The Centre for Railway Engineering (CRE),
expertise from universities and research technology and knowledge transfer, based at CQU is an industry-focused
VOCATIONAL organisations. Australian rail industry the Institute of Railway Technology research centre and is well known for

EDUCATION AND bodies and research centres are actively


involved in developing products and
(IRT) at Monash University, Melbourne,
has over 40 years’ experience in track
research expertise in train dynamics,
wagon and bogie dynamics, wagon and
TRAINING technologies to enhance all aspects and vehicle railway research. IRT track system dynamics, erosion control
of rail transport, such as CQUniversity provides technology services to heavy within railway corridors, simulation,
IN THE WORKPLACE (CQU) software that simulates and
explores gear unit designs (see case
haul railway operations, mass transit
railway systems and has an enviable
instrumentation and field testing.

study on p.25). Current projects include:


RESEARCH AND international track record in solving
railway-related technical issues. • curve lubrication
INNOVATION RAIL MANUFACTURING Current projects include: • heavy haul draw gear
• rail grinding
COMPANIES AND COOPERATIVE RESEARCH • m
 aterial behaviour in wheel-rail
contact • locomotive adhesion
CAPABILITIES CENTRE • longitudinal passenger comfort.
• rail welding
The Rail Manufacturing Cooperative cqu.edu.au/research/organisations/
FURTHER
• steel sleeper development
Research Centre (CRC) links participants centre-for-railway-engineering
• instrumentation
INFORMATION from major rail companies throughout
Australia with leading Australian • heavy haul and mass transit
universities. Established in 2015, the Rail • testing of track substructure UNIVERSITY OF
Manufacturing CRC has an important
but limited mandate to co-fund
• wheel impact monitor WOLLONGONG
research projects to help develop new • technical and economic tools. The University of Wollongong has
technology needed by rail businesses. It irt.monash.edu long been a participant in the rail
supports the development of innovative industry both in Australia and overseas.
technologies by fostering, sponsoring Establishing a campus in Dubai in 1993,
and directing collaborative research and it is one of the United Arab Emirates’
commercialisation partnerships. Areas of oldest and most prestigious universities.
research include: uowdubai.ac.ae
info@uowdubai.ac.ae
• power and propulsion
• materials and manufacturing
• design, simulation and software.
rmcrc.com.au

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The global rail industry
requires a highly skilled,
flexible and robust
workforce. Australia is a
world leader at providing
training and education for
this sector, from capacity
building for government
officials through to
management, operational,
technical and trade-related
requirements.

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MTR being SMART
Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation has The UoW has been supporting the MTR
commissioned the SMART Infrastructure since 1996, developing and delivering
Facility at the University of Wollongong courses to support their people
(UoW) to investigate how social media development, in preparation for growth
chatter can be captured and used to boost and service intensification. UoW has been
innovation and customer service. a partner continuously during this time,
as the company has transformed into a
Collaborating with UoW’s Faculty of
profit-generating railway with world-leading
Business and using advanced geosocial
customer service levels.
techniques developed at SMART,
researchers and MTR aim to develop The Asset Management Masters degree,
a knowledge-sharing platform that will along with its forerunner the Maintenance
capture, organise and act on information Management Masters, has seen some 60
harvested from social networks. in-house candidates qualify, enabling MTR
to be a leader in the asset management
This research project will assist the world-
field. Today the course is delivered entirely
renowned rail service provider to develop
through e-based learning.
strategies for harnessing information
published by commuters on social smart.uow.edu.au/research/UOW096303
networks such as Twitter, Weibo, WeChat
and Facebook, and utilise this information
to boost innovation and customer service.
SMART, a respected partner and leader in
the space of geosocial intelligence (GSI), will
custom-build a platform to suit MTR’s needs.

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CERT teaches a nation a new industry
The rail industry in the United Arab Working closely with Etihad Rail on content
Emirates is still emerging, with the first and delivery methodology, CERT and
heavy haul and freight rail company industry partners developed the syllabus
established in 2009. Etihad Rail’s network and delivery resources to induct Etihad Rail
of 1,200 kilometres is to be built in stages, employees into the rail industry. The course
and when complete will connect all of the provides an overview of the industry,
Gulf Cooperation Council countries. terminology, infrastructure and operations
knowledge, with a field trip to the stabling
Operational services in a testing capacity
yards to put the theory into practice.
commenced in September 2013.
The course has proved to be very
With an industry so new, the challenge
successful, with Etihad Rail conducting
for Etihad Rail was to recruit Emiratis that
regular sessions of the foundation course
had both the technical and academic
for new employees.
qualifications (for example civil engineers)
and experience in the rail industry. With CERT has the capacity to provide a holistic
the latter proving difficult to find, Etihad Rail rail training service, including but not
turned to the Centre for Excellence in Rail limited to train drivers, track construction,
Training (CERT) to develop and deliver a track maintenance, safeworking and rules,
five-day foundation course in rail. courseware development and skills audits.
certrail.com.au

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Real Serious Games –
a serious game changer in rail training
A leading Australian metropolitan rail • use of technology which:
operator was experiencing a sharp increase –– facilitates a positive emotional reaction
in the number of train operators and related in participants, thus maximising
workforce required to operate a rapidly engagement with the material
growing, new rolling stock fleet. Added to this
–– requires participants to solve problems
pressure was the construction of additional
themselves, rather than be given answers
rail lines. The operator responded by
(shown to result in better retention and
fundamentally rethinking its training regime.
more sustainable results)
A consortium of Real Serious Games, Exner –– provides experience as well as
Group and SafetyJourney combined their information that
expertise to provide cutting-edge educational
–– maximises likelihood of satisfactory
training, incorporating gamification and virtual
“real environment” assessment result
reality. Underpinned by the neuroscience
of engagement and learning, this approach –– reduces reliance on actual asset
is more efficient and has higher impact than availability – providing a more
traditional training methods. predictable and manageable
training schedule.
Modules and courses in rail operations and
This program has improved outcomes for the
track protection are now providing a superior
employer by reducing the time to complete
learning experience and outcome for its
training, improving the post-training skill level
employees by:
of participants and increasing the first time
• being an enjoyable training experience pass rates of participants.
• activating brain networks that search realseriousgames.com
for an intrinsic reward in the material, exner.com.au
thus more reliably directing participants’ safetyjourney.com
attention and focus

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CRE expertise in modelling and testing
The Centre for Railway Engineering • evaluation of existing coupling systems
(CRE) at CQUniversity has developed • o
 ptimisation of design parameters based
the most comprehensive numerical on simulation and field studies
simulation tool available, combining
• R
 DSO staff members attending the CQU
longitudinal train dynamics software,
campus for three weeks of training in the
proprietary rail vehicle simulation
use of the software.
software and advanced fundamental
modelling of locomotive adhesion. A second project focusses on developing
and commercialising better draft gear units,
Two large research projects currently being the ‘shock absorbers’ that sit between
carried out at CRE are: wagons and help to keep long trains stable.
1. improvement of ride comfort on The Heavy-Haul Draft Gear test system
passenger trains in India allows the dynamic testing of high-strength
2. improvement of heavy haul draw railway couplers at forces of up to 450
gear systems. tonnes. Dynamic testing will determine
To improve passenger comfort on trains in how the coupler behaves with fluctuating
India, CQUniversity rail researchers have and rapidly changing loads as may be
been working with the Research Design and experienced in a real train. This directly tests
Standards Organisation (RDSO), which is part the reliability and service life of the couplers.
of Indian Railways. The team has developed new software
to simulate and explore various gear unit
To reduce the impacts felt by passengers designs, with better gear units leading to
when the train stops and starts, the safer and heavier long-haul coal trains.
project involves:
cqu.edu.au/research/organisations/
• research on the development of a suitable centre-for-railway-engineering
passenger comfort standard
• d
 evelopment of mathematical models and
simulation software for RDSO use
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IRT provides wheel-rail interface solutions
to existing rail systems
Monash University’s Institute of Railway In another area of research, IRT’s work to
Technology (IRT) is a world leader in reduce wheel squeal noise of trains has
providing wheel-rail interface solutions. IRT delivered results for the Hong Kong MTR
was commissioned by V/Line, the regional and Queensland’s Gold Coast Light Rail.
train operator in the state of Victoria,
A study undertaken for Hong Kong MTR
Australia, to investigate the root causes of
found wheel squeal to be directly related to
accelerated wheel wear on their VLocity
friction characteristics between wheel and
passenger DMU fleet.
rail that exist at a slow speed when there
This high-profile investigation followed are sharp curves.
widespread public controversy over severe
In Queensland, another project
service disruptions and cancellations.
experiencing similar wheel-rail interface
IRT conducted inspections and analysis noise was resolved by IRT researchers.
work and found primary causes of the fleet Project Engineering Manager Gold
wheel wear to be a combination of tight Coast Rapid Transit Alex Robinson said
curve radii, wheel-rail friction conditions “the team from IRT recommended and
and the low wear resistance of the wheel tested the use of friction head modifiers
and rail materials. at a couple of critical locations in
Surfers Paradise, which had a significant
IRT recommended various strategies
impact on reducing the noise at those
to overcome the wheel-rail interface
locations. The work directly supported the
problems, including a lubrication
successful commencement of the (Gold
regime, changing materials grades and
Coast Light Rail) passenger service.”
characteristics of both wheels and rails,
possible rolling stock design modifications irt.monash.edu
and a review of overall management of the
wheel-rail interface on the V/Line network.

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Sydac provides Driver Training Simulators to Shanghai Metro
There has been a rapid expansion of relationships and a method of working
railways in China, and the Shanghai Metro together that meets both parties’ needs
has become one of the largest metro and expectations.
systems in the world.
Sydac adapted its project management
This rapid growth has meant training a methodology to the cultural reality of
large number of drivers, but on such a busy working in China, allowing them to remain
train network it is simply not possible to responsive in this dynamic market, without
interrupt train schedules to train drivers. compromising quality or profit.
Without disturbing the network, train Adelaide founded and based, and well
simulators provide a safe and reliable established as a supplier in the UK and
method for training drivers in their full Europe, Sydac recognised that in order
range of tasks, including complex technical to fund further growth into global markets
tasks, and how to deal with train faults and such as China, it needed capital. Now
emergency situations. part of the Knorr Bremse Group, Sydac
has been able to leverage their existing
Sydac has now supplied two Train Driver’s
presence in the Chinese market.
Simulators with full coverage of two of
Shanghai Metro’s busiest lines. The two Sydac have built a world-leading business
full mission simulators are augmented by supplying simulators globally. The core
twenty part-task simulators, focused on business is train driving simulation, and the
the rapid identification and rectification of company has over 160 employees working
train faults. purely on rail simulation, and providing
innovation through continuous research
Sydac invested time and resources a full
and development investment.
four years before their first China project,
to build insight and trust with China rail sydac.com
operators. They have developed

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INTRODUCTION
HIGHER EDUCATION
VOCATIONAL
EDUCATION AND
TRAINING
IN THE WORKPLACE
RESEARCH AND
INNOVATION
COMPANIES AND
CAPABILITIES
FURTHER
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Australian Institute of Resources Training (AIRT)

Centre for Excellence in Rail Training (CERT)

Engineering Education Australia

Exner Group

GoTrain Industry

Industry Training Queensland

Informa Corporate Learning

Major Training Group

Metro Academy

Monash University (Institute of Railway Technology)

Martyr Training Services

Open Universities Australia

Professional Training Services Australia

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

RailTrain

Railway Technical Society of Australia (RTSA)

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Rose Training

Strategix Training Group

Tide Training Centre

Transport Training Centre

Transport Training Solutions

Transqual Logistics Training

University of New South Wales

University of Queensland (UQ)

University of South Australia

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

University of Wollongong

Vertical Horizons

WH&S Training and Assessment Services

This table provides some examples of organisations and their capabilities.


Contact your local Austrade representative for assistance with connecting with the Australian businesses that best suit your requirements.
austrade.gov.au

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INTRODUCTION INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS Rail Knowledge Bank. Information
on Australasian rail industry
Australian Rail Track Corporation.
A Federal Government-owned
AND LINKS innovation, complemented by corporation that manages most of
HIGHER EDUCATION Australasian Railway Association. linkages to international resources Australia’s interstate rail network
The peak body for rail in Australia railknowledgebank.com artc.com.au
VOCATIONAL ara.net.au The Institution of Railway AusRail Annual Conference
EDUCATION AND • R
 ail Industry Group represents the Signal Engineers and Exhibition

TRAINING interests of rolling stock manufacturers


and suppliers
irse.org.au ausrail.com
The Chartered Institute of Transport Australian Rail Directory
IN THE WORKPLACE • R
 ail Contractors Group represents
the interests of infrastructure
and Logistics. Leadership in research,
policy and professional development in
raildirectory.com.au
The Office of the National Rail Safety
construction companies, including
RESEARCH AND
the transport and logistics industry
Regulator (ONRSR). An independent
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INNOVATION
body to encourage and enforce safe
signalling and electrification
The Permanent Way Institution railway operations and to promote and
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Railway Technical Society of
oversight of rail safety law.

CAPABILITIES
the Australian rail industry onrsr.com.au
tracksafefoundation.com.au Australasia. Promoting the co-operation
of academic, industrial, commercial and Transport and Logistics Industry
FURTHER Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
The national rail safety investigator
governmental organisations in relation
to the practice and advancement of
Skills Council. Establishing skills
standards and development of industry
INFORMATION atsb.gov.au railway technology and management training packages
in Australasia. tlisc.org.au
rtsa.com.au

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by helping Australian businesses,
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• promote international education
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• seek consular and passport services.
Austrade helps companies around the
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Our assistance includes:
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