Over the last four years RISSB has been working hard to better understand the needs of its members and all stakeholders in the rail industry, and has reviewed and amended processes and structure to be more responsive to the changing needs of an industry on the incline.
Shorter development times, revamped work prioritsiation process and expanding our training and event calendar are just some of the things we have achieved in that time. And while RISSB thinks the changes have been for the betterment of the industry, we wanted to hear from all stakeholders on our progress to date, and where we are headed into the
That’s why RISSB has commissioned its first independent “deep dive” survey of the rail industry. Undertaken by MCM Consulting the survey will touch base with more than 250 stakeholders, both face to face and on line. The survey will be completed by the end of June and the results will greatly assist RISSB in ensuring its operations and activities provide the greatest benefit to the Australian rail industry.
This month RISSB launched its new web site!, As the main contact point between RISSB and the world, it’s important that our site is equipped with an up-to-date explanation of who we are, what we do, and how we benefit the rail industry. The new site includes many additional features including a personalised dashboard, but most
importantly it has a far more intuitive search function, so finding the products you’re looking for will be so much easier to do.
I believe that our new website – with its responsive design – is much more visually appealing and includes features that will benefit both potential and current members. Using the new dashboard, employees can manage their account and view account activities at a glance and those wishing to become a member can apply online anywhere, anytime and on any device.
As our work continues to progress to meet the needs of our members, our updated communications tools will assist us in telling our story in a way that resonates with our stakeholders. We are thrilled to be able to showcase our latest news on our front page and via the ‘News’ tab.
I urge you to visit the new site and take a trip around the new sections as well as try out the improved search facilities.
We hope you enjoy browsing the new site.
Paul Daly RISSB CEO
RISSB's Safety Critical Communications Course Set for Success
RISSB's inaugural Safety Critical Communications course was held in Sydney earlier this week.
Fifteen participants representing the depth and breadth of industry were provided an excellent insight into what is a wide-ranging and important industry topic.
The safe operation of Australia’s railways relies on constant clear communication. Even where trains might be driverless, there will still be controllers, trackworkers and other staff that must be able to send and receive important messages to prevent incidents or accidents.
A big thank you to all attendees who shared their personal experiences. The robust conversation served as a reminder of the way industry should be doing things.
Don't miss out on your chance to hear about the latest trends in technology and innovation at RISSB's Technology and Innovation Conference 2019.
Keeping a finger on the pulse of the Australian rail industry, this 2-day event will focus on new and emerging technologies with 18 compelling presentations that will change the way you view and think about the future.
RISSB's Technology and Innovation Conference will shine a light on topics relevant to rail in the digital age, including:
Robotics and automation
Big data analytics
Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Digital safety inspections
Confirmed speakers include:
Andrew Chapman, Director of Operations NSW, Australian UAV
Oliver Fried, Program Technical Director – Sydney Metro
Professor Michael Milford, Chief Investigator – ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision
Mark Smith, Director – Engineering, Strategy & Assurance, Digital Systems Program and Vincent Chiu, Acting Director – Systems Integration, Digital Systems Program,Transport for NSW
Gary Foster, Chief Technology Officer
– Rail Safety Systems
Associate Professor Stephan Chalup – Newcastle University, & Mark Wood, General Manager, Communications and Electronics – 4Tel
Joshua Chevin & Ravi Ravitharan, Director –Monash Institute of Railway Technology
Rotem Abeles, Head of Business Development – Cylus
A warm welcome to a new employee and a familiar industry face.
Risharda has previously held rail safety positions in three of Australia’s largest passenger rail transport operators and at the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR). Her extensive experience spans the rail and aviation industries and includes integrated management systems, investigations, auditing and risk management. In particular, Risharda’s involvement in rail safety investigations has highlighted the importance of standardisation, interoperability and harmonisation.
Risharda is passionate about rail safety and improving safety culture. She is excited to be facilitating development groups and harnessing their subject matter expertise to deliver practical solutions for the rail industry.
Development Group members and visitors to RISSB's Brisbane office, will see a familiar face buzzing RISSB's offices following the recent appointment of Stewart Rendell to the position of Standards Development Manager. Stewart has rejoined RISSB on a part-time basis and is looking after the development of Operations and Train Control products.
If you’re seeking to make a big impact on your organisation and your career, here is your chance. Building on the success of RISSB's inaugural Horizons Program, RISSB's 2019 / 20 Horizons Program will be offering an intensive program designed for high-potential professionals interested in enhancing their management skills, leadership capabilities, and ability to manifest change.
More information to come in future editions of The Whistle Board.
New Published Products Reminder
The following products submitted to and approved by RISSB's Board on 26th March 2019 are on rissb.com.au
National Rail Safety Investigation Course
Adelaide I 27-30 May 2019
This course will give you the skills and knowledge required to investigate safety incidents, including planning the investigation, collecting and analysing information, and preparing the rail safety incident report.
Among other things, this four-day course will cover:
Regulatory requirements for rail safety investigations
Rail safety investigation models
Rail safety investigation principles and the legislative framework, including ONRSR requirements and ATSB involvement
Safety awareness in rail investigations
Rail safety investigation report writing
Planning and conducting the investigation
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment in the Unit of Competency TLIF 5017 – Investigate Rail Safety Incidents.
Every fortnight, we'll be introducing you to three Horizons Program participants. This week say hello to Nish Sethi, Oliver Ims and Sean Quinlivan.
My name is Nish Sethi and I am the Associate Director, Asset Management & Assurance within the Digital Systems Program within Transport for NSW.
I am currently responsible for 3 aspects of the program; Systems Engineering, Asset Management and System Safety.
I am based in Sydney and joined the Horizons Program to use the opportunity to network and to continue to learn and develop. In my spare time, I have a passion for cycling and travelling. An interesting fact about me is that I was on Australian Idol as part of their beatboxing competition.
My name is Oliver Ims and my role is Assistant Track Engineer at TasRail.
My department provides technical assistance to our track infrastructure maintenance and capital works programs. My responsibilities are varied and range from management of track geometry data, design oversight for track infrastructure projects, works scoping and the development of standards/procedures.
The Horizons Program is a great opportunity to see the forefront of rail technology as well as learn from the experiences of leaders in the rail industry.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, tennis, and hiking.
Hello, my name is Sean Quinlivan, I am the Train Control Superintendent at Rio Tinto in our Pilbara Rail Operations. My team and I are responsible for the safe control of the autonomous and manned rail movements within the Rio Tinto rail network.
I joined the Horizons Program to expand my understanding of the broader rail industry and seen an opportunity to share knowledge between other professionals.
My interests outside of work are watching footy and family snow holidays.
National Rail Safety Investigation Course
27-30 May 2019