04 May 2023

Rail Safety Conference 2023 Wrap Ups

Industry’s premier Australian rail safety event, RISSB’s Rail Safety Conference, wrapped up this week at the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney.

The conference brought together more than 200 rail transport operators, engineers, project managers, investigators, safety professionals and senior industry executives, all with a deep interest in maintaining Australia’s reputation as having one of the safest rail networks in the world.

This year’s conference featured more than 20 presentations; three panel discussions; a brownfield site visit; and the announcement of the winners of RISSB’s 2023 Rail Safety Awards.

Conference highlights included:

* Senator Tim Ayres, Assistant Minister for Trade and Manufacturing, delivering the first keynote of the conference and drawing attention to the need to put the shoulder to the wheel and help boost productivity, drive efficiencies, remove barriers to innovation, and build capacity in rail manufacturing in Australia.

* Chau Fat Chan Assistant Director / Railways, Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, Hong Kong SAR Government showing us how LIDAR technology is helping  MTR manage its assets efficiently and effectively.

* Peter Doggett from ONRSR for demystifying co-regulation for the mystified and showing that there are new approaches to regulation.

* The highly entertaining panel discussions on interoperability and rail safety issues and innovative and sustainable rail safety solutions

* Sandra McKay delivering a keynote address and update on the game changing National Rail Action Plan.

* Keeping level crossing safety top of mind with a presentation on insights from a driver behaviour monitoring project and a presentation on low-cost level crossing solutions for rural and regional areas.

* The celebration of individual and team rail safety achievements at this year’s Rail Safety Awards

A big thank you to all of our presenters and session Chairs, for helping us deliver a conference with high value content, and thank you to our delegates for supporting this event and asking challenging questions that kept our presenters on their toes. Also, a thank you to exhibitor UVEX for showing us their wide range of safety products and partners Rail Personnel, Railway Digest and Rail Express for their media support.

If you attended the conference, presentations and photos will be made available by the end of next week.  So, keep checking your inbox for an email from info@informa.com.au.