More than 70 of our members' brightest young minds attended the first Horizons Program forum this week, connecting with other handpicked leaders and learning from industry's best.
Day 1 kicked off with futurist, author and television presenter, Steve Sammartino, running an engaging workshop and pitching contest. Another highlight of the day was a panel discussion featuring industry leaders Amy Lezala Zahr, Chief Engineer at the Victorian Department of Transport; Carolyn Walsh, Chair of the NTC; and Joshua Steed, Head of Maintenance at Metro Trains Melbourne. All three shared their objective management highs and lows and critical leadership lessons.
An exciting interactive robotics workshop facilitated by Deakin University and technical presentations on engineering and asset management and hydrogen and synthetic fuel also featured on the program.
Thank you to all of our guest presenters who gave so freely of their time and provided inspiration, encouragement and support for our Horizons Program participants.
Horizons is not only an important career development program for high potential leaders, but it's also our way of helping industry address skill shortages and keep talent in rail.
+ Horizons Program 5.0 Forum Held This Week
+ Carolyn Walsh Headlines 2023 MasterClass Webinar Series
+ Public Consultations
+ Predictions for Rail in 2023
+ Also Making News
+ Enter RISSB's 2023 Rail Safety Awards
+ Next Investigate Rail Safety Incidents Brisbane Course
+ Did you know?
AS 7488 is an important part of Government’s ‘National Rail Action Plan’ (NRAP) through which RISSB is delivering a suite of rail component Standards – generally on high volume consumables.
The key objectives of NRAP are to support local content policies, stimulate domestic manufacturing, de-risk supply chains and ultimately create Australian jobs; RISSB is proud to support this initiative.
Industry SPAD/LRTAE Symposium 4 May 2023
Signals Passed at Danger (SPADs) or Light Rail or Tram Authority Exceeded (LRTAEs) are areas of significant focus for the railway and there is a great deal of effort going into reducing risk associated with them. On behalf of industry, RISSB manages the SPAD/LRTAE Group made up of multidisciplinary specialists from many rail companies right across the country, who come together to share best practice and progress initiatives to reduce SPAD/LRTAE risk.
On 4 May, RISSB and the SPAD/LRTAE Group will host a symposium in Sydney adjoining RISSB’s annual Rail Safety Conference where attendees will get to hear from a range of expert speakers, attend panel sessions, and participate in workshops. Topics will range from human factors, to technology, to specific projects and investigations. Places are strictly limited; if you would like to register your interest in attending please do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your position, organisation, and interest in SPADs/LRTAEs and we will respond to you directly.
These events were very difficult to host over the past few years thanks to COVID and so we’re delighted to be getting back together after such a long hiatus.
Predictions for Rail in 2023
Improvements in customer experience, a move to a dynamic timetable and a greater investment in people, are just some of the predictions for UK rail in 2023. Read the full Railway Technology article here.
This year, we are inviting nominations from industry in five award categories:
* Safety Leadership Program
* Frontline Worker Safety Initiative
* Community Safety
* Emerging Leader
* Industry Safety Professional of the Year.
Nominations close 24 March 2023 and award winners will be announced at RISSB's Rail Safety Conference dinner in May. Winners will progress to the finals of the Australasian Rail Industry (ARI) Awards which will be held later this year.
For more information about RISSB's Rail Safety Awards, go to the Rail Safety Awards page on RISSB's website.
Investigate Rail Safety Incidents Brisbane Course
Our next Investigate Rail Safety Incidents course will be held in Brisbane on 7-10 March 2023. This course will benefit anyone in the rail industry who is involved in, or likely to be involved in, the investigation of rail safety occurrences.
Download a course flyer here and register your interest on this page.
In May 2021, the Australian Government committed $16.5 million over four years to establish a National Freight Data Hub. Over the coming years, the Hub will be developed as a centralised platform for national freight data, providing access to data from a prototype website and other freight data projects. This will enable freight data creators, owners and users to more easily and securely access and share freight data to solve real business problems.