+ CEO message + Nomination deadline extended for Horizons Program 6.0 +Call for Development Group Members for Code of Practice: Rail Transport of Dangerous Goods +Call for Development Group Members for new Standard AS 7495: Rolling Stock Communications Equipment +People Spotlight for RISSB's 20th Anniversary
This week the Australian rail industry comes together at AusRAIL Plus in Sydney! Our industry has a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and events like AusRAIL facilitate relationships that help to share that knowledge and experience.
RISSB will be at booth 306, that includes a small training area where we’ll be providing sessions on our Australian Rail Risk Model (ARRM) and providing an overview of our training courses and products. We’ll have a number of our staff on site so please drop by with all of your questions or suggestions on
our products, or just to say “G’Day”!
Damien White RISSB CEO
TRAINING AND EVENTS
Nomination deadline extended for Horizons Program 6.0
Due to popular demand, the deadline has been extended for Horizons Program 6.0 nominations till the end of November.
The next Horizons Program will kick off in March 2024. Only 90 emerging leaders can be accepted for this popular leadership program, so please ensure your nominations are in by the end of this month!
Like our previous programs, next year’s 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.
Excitingly, next year’s program will feature Keynote Speaker Steve Sammartino, a futurist and writer who will share his wisdom on pitching skills and how to get the best outcome for your ideas.
Steve goes beyond theory and brings lessons from his own tech ventures. His latest Macro3D, a ground-breaking AI and robotics company – which 3D prints houses. Since co-founding the company, he has managed to 3D print a house, and is now embarking on building the world’s first home built entirely by AI.
Don’t miss out on this unique and exciting opportunity!
The nomination form and more information is available by clicking the button below.
Call for Development Group Members for Code of Practice: Rail Transport of Dangerous Goods
We are now accepting nominations from people interested in joining a Development Group to develop the Code of Practice: Rail Transport of Dangerous Goods.
Complementing existing Standards and Guidelines, with consideration of end to end transport logistics, this Code of Practice will inform rail transport operators of the requirements for safe transport of dangerous goods on rail.
The closing date for nominations is Monday, 11 December 2023.
For more information about this opportunity, please click here.
Call for Development Group Members for new Standard AS 7495: Rolling Stock Communications Equipment
We are now accepting nominations from people interested in joining a Development Group to develop the new Australian Standard 7495: Rolling Stock Communications Equipment.
The purpose of this Standard is to support the National Rail Action Plan objectives
of interoperability, harmonisation and increasing critical skills and training needs.
This Standard shall identify different types of communications equipment used on rolling stock and define the high level functional requirements and performance-based outcomes for the equipment, while also considering the asset lifecycle requirements. The requirements shall support adoption of advancing technologies in communications.
The technical definition and standardisation of key equipment shall support the increase of onshore skills development and capability in the design, manufacture and maintenance of these systems. Note that the definition of communications equipment utilised on rolling stock is not limited to train radio.
The closing date for
nominations is Friday, 1 December 2023. For more information about this opportunity, please click 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, Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board
“Happy 20th Birthday RISSB!
20 years! it is amazing how far RISSB has come in such a short period of time and the positive impact its products and services have had on the rail industry. A true testimony to the many people and organisations that have supported RISSB along this incredible journey.
My RISSB journey started in 2015. RISSB had just become a stand-alone entity. David George and I were appointed as the first Independent Directors to
the newly constituted Board with Tony Drake providing strong leadership as Chair. One of the first key matters for the Board was to develop RISSB’s Strategic Plan. So Tony, David, and I, together with fellow Industry Directors Tim Ryan, Tim Kuypers, Robert Groves and Nabeel Sadaka, rolled up our sleeves and developed the plan in the conference facilities in Tony’s apartment building! Talk about humble beginnings!
In 2015, RISSB had 31 members, about 150 publications, two training courses and one conference. Today, RISSB has 160 members, 255 publications, 5 safety tools including ARRM, 7 training courses in-classroom and on-line, 2 conferences, regular webinars with over 200+ attending and the Horizons program!
Over this time, we have all come to appreciate the importance of
RISSB’s mission to the Australian rail industry through the critical role RISSB plays in the co-regulatory rail safety model and in driving national harmonisation and interoperability.
Over the last 8 years, I have had the honour and pleasure of serving RISSB in many different capacities - as an Independent Director, Chair, and CEO. One of my career highlights has been watching RISSB go from a fledgling start-up company to the power house it is today, well placed to further contribute to and influence the direction of the rail industry.
Looking forward to seeing what the next 20 years bring!”