+ CEO Message + RISSB and Griffith University exploring railway cybersecurity preparedness + AS 7453 Recruitment and Selection of Rail Traffic Drivers Standard review + Recognising and celebrating rail safety at the ARI Awards +People Spotlight for RISSB's 20th Anniversary
This week we start the celebration of RISSB’s 20th Anniversary! Over the next few months we’ll be recognising a number of people who have contributed to RISSB’s continued success and contribution to ongoing reforms and improvements in the Australian rail industry.
RISSB originally started in 2003 as the Code Management Company (CMC) to harmonise the Australian Rail Industry through the development of national standards, codes of practice, rules and guidance material. In 2007 the CMC became RISSB. As well as
the products we produce, RISSB provides a number of important industry collaboration forums and is a valued point of reference for industry and governments on technical and operating matters.
Keep a look out for articles and events over the coming weeks and months as we celebrate this significant milestone.
RISSB and Griffith University exploring railway cybersecurity preparedness
Cybersecurity is of fundamental importance in this day and age, and is especially critical to networks such as our railways. With such a broad contribution to Australia’s economy and to our communities, attacks can be very costly and even dangerous.
RISSB and Griffith University have teamed up to survey rail companies, with an aim to understand their approaches in cybersecurity and where our industry’s general maturity lies. As well as Griffith’s research, this work will help inform RISSB’s thinking about how we can support
rail’s cybersecurity efforts.
If you are happy to contribute (anonymously) then please clicking the button below.
We’d be grateful for your response by 25th October 2023.
AS 7453 Recruitment and Selection of Rail Traffic Drivers Standard review
We are now accepting Development Group nominations from people interested in helping us review and update the AS 7453 Recruitment and Selection of Rail Traffic Drivers Standard.
This standard describes a set of requirements, including qualifications and certifications required for Rail Traffic Drivers (RTD), medical fitness standards, psychometric testing, background checks, and training
requirements, for the recruitment and selection process of RTDs to drive on the Australian railway network.
The scope of this review is to include new developments and industry learnings to ensure this standard continues to cater for the requirements of the Australian railway industry, and to identify opportunities to include improved Rail Traffic Drivers recruitment and selection criteria, standards, or techniques.
The closing date for nominations is Friday, 22 September 2023. For more information about this opportunity, please click here.
Recognising and celebrating rail safety at the ARI Awards
The 2023 Australasian Rail Industry Awards (ARI Awards) is less than four weeks away!
RISSB is so excited to be co-hosting the awards this year. We are looking forward to acknowledging and celebrating those industry members who are committed to improving the safety of their workplaces.
We are supporting the ARI Safety Excellence Award this year. This award recognizes companies and individuals that exhibit a continued and outstanding commitment to rail safety.
get closer to the event, we want to again congratulate the six award finalists:
Rio Tinto, Tristan Lynn for Industry Safety Professional of the Year
Sydney Trains, Chris Polias for Frontline Worker Safety Initiative.
The awards are taking place on Wednesday 13 September 2023. For more information, please visit here.
PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT ON... RISSB's key contributors over the last 20 years
This year, RISSB is celebrating it's 20th year Anniversary! Our organisation was established in June 2003 as the 'Code Management Company', then from 2007 onwards, we were formally known as the Rail Industry Safety Standards Board (RISSB).
For the last 20 years, RISSB has been supported by, and worked with, some incredible people that have contributed greatly to our business. For the next few months, we will be recognising some of RISSB's key contributors, as they share their experiences working with RISSB.
Chair, RISSB Train Control Systems Standing Committee
Principal Standards & Systems Assurance Manager, JMD Railtech Pty. Ltd.
"I have been part of RISSB for many years, helping on the Train Control Systems Standing Committee (TCSSC) and being the current chair for the last 4 years.
The work by RISSB to develop standards and products that allow the various rail operators and Rail Infrastructure Managers to
harmonise things in signalling and control systems is important. For me just conversing and working with my rail signalling colleagues on the RISSB TCSSC has been of great benefit (professionally and to my rail organisation). It has opened my thinking to different approaches and solutions outside of my own rail organisation's bubble.
It is often hard for state government and private rail networks to look outside of their networks. RISSB has been invaluable in fostering collaboration across the nation on rail."
Group General Manager HSQE (Systems & Governance), Kelsian Group Limited
"Having been involved with the Code Management Company since 2005, I was fortunate to see the creation of RISSB in 2007.
I have been the Chair of the Safety Standing Committee and Safety Managers Group and was involved in the creation and delivery of a number of RISSB’s products to drive national consistency.
I became a member of the National
Rules Committee in its infancy and helped drive collaboration in the development of our national rules.”