Horizons Program 6.0

Horizons Shaping Rail’s Technical Future

The RISSB Horizons Program is part knowledge sharing and part leadership development. Most importantly, the Horizons Program seeks to address the challenges of the future rail industry, today.

RISSB is offering a unique opportunity to up and coming young professionals in the rail industry to be part of shaping rail’s technical future.

The Horizons Program 6.0 will:

  • Provide a forum for knowledge sharing and learning
  • Extend the participant’s professional network both within and outside the industry
  • Provide participants with the skills to drive and manage change
  • Engage young professionals to provide technical input into RISSB’s and the industry’s future
  • Assist in improving the safety and productivity of the rail industry through RISSB products.

Participants will be taken on a practical professional journey, growing their knowledge of cutting-edge technology and developing an innovation mindset that will help position your organisation as a business of the future. The next generation of leaders will evolve their 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration, alongside other handpicked young leaders from Australia and beyond and learn about RISSB and Standards development.

Horizons 6.0 will bring benefits to the young professionals, their organisation and the industry more broadly.

Horizons Program Format

The Horizons Program includes:

  • Forums (Get togethers delivered virtually or face-to-face) featuring CEOs, technical leaders and other influencers
  • Workshops
  • Webinars covering a range of technical and professional topics
  • Developing an understanding of what RISSB does and how Standards are developed
  • Group projects
  • Developing and presenting group ideas (pitching) to panels of industry leaders.

The program fee is $2595 (ex GST) and covers all face-to-face Forums, online mentoring sessions, completion and debrief of individual DISC Profile and networking events (3).

Who can apply?

Horizons 6.0 is open to all leaders within the rail industry. It is expected nominees will be highly regarded in their organisation and interested in the program, able to attend ALL stages of the program and be prepared to learn and contribute.

Please note that this program is for RISSB member organisations only.

*RISSB reserves the right to limit the number of participants per organisation.

Nomination Form

If you are interested in nominating someone in your organisation, please complete the online form.

Click here for more information about the RISSB Horizons Program brochure.

Key Dates

Nominations open – RISSB members can nominate someone within their organisation from Monday 2 October 2023.

Nominations closing date – For RISSB members, the closing date is Friday 10 November 2023.

Successful applicants notified – Successful applicants will be notified by the end of November 2023.

Horizons Program 6.0 will start with an introductory TEAMS meeting in early March 2024. 

The Forum dates are:

Forum 1       Thursday 4th April – Friday 5th April 2024                              Deakin Downtown, Melbourne

Forum 2      Thursday 25th July – Friday 26th July 2024                             Owen J Wordsworth Room, QUT Gardens Point Brisbane

Forum 3      Wednesday 2nd October – Thursday 3rd October 2024        UTS University, Ultimo, Sydney


For more information
If you would like to know more about the Horizons Program, please send an email to sweston@rissb.com.au


Horizons Program 5.0 Interoperability Strategy Competition winners

In our most recent Horizons Program 5.0, participants took part in The Interoperability Strategy Competition. This competition involved teams identifying five key challenges currently facing the Australian rail industry, and providing staged solutions to implement and deliver an interoperable future in the industry.

Team ‘Eurostar’ were announced as the winners of the 2023 Interoperability Strategy Competition, pictured below accepting their award from the CEO of RISSB, Damien White. (from left to right)

  • Amelia Barnes, Station Design Coordinator, Suburban Rail Loop Authority
  • Michael McGhie, Manager Safety Strategy, QR
  • Tomos Luker, Design Engineer Rail, Cold Forged Products
  • Ken Liu,  Senior Manager, Workforce Modelling, Sydney Trains
  • Damien White – CEO RISSB

Absent: Karen Sheiles, Crewing Coordinator, One Rail Australia and Suresh Sangarapillai, Design Engineer, Downer

The work produced by the teams for this competition will ultimately benefit the rail industry as a whole through the work of RISSB to help improve its safety standards and performance.

Below you can view the reports produced by the top three groups: