+ Message From The CEO
+ Calls For Development Group Members
+ Calls for Public Consultation
+ RISSB and OTSI Meet
+ ACRI ALCAM Survey Automation Project
+ Queensland Level Crossing Safety Group Meets
+ Horizons Program 5.0 Members’ Nominations Open Next Week
+ Save The Date For Technology and Innovation Conference In 2023
+ Are You Cyber Secure?
+ News Shorts
Message From The CEO
In this week's The Whistle Board I'm going to draw attention to a great visual representation of the International Union of Railways’ (UIC’s) work over the past 100 years. The work that RISSB does on harmonising safeworking rules, engineering standards and operations mirror the work done by the UIC.
I’ve often remarked (with tongue firmly in cheek) that the UIC have been able to implement a single operational rule book across Europe – involving countries that speak different languages and haven’t always worked collaboratively, yet here in Australia we continue to tolerate the historical practices of our State-based networks. Seeing the progress made elsewhere in this space makes me realise, despite the efforts of many in our industry, that we still have so much work to do
For those who are interested in seeing the timeline, please use this link.
This week the Office of Transport Safety Investigation (OTSI) and RISSB met to explore areas for collaboration to identify areas that could support the rail industry learn and grow from incidents and accidents.
It was agreed that each organisation must work together in a collaborative manner and further explore the following areas:
* Sharing lessons from incidents
* Development of industry Standards
* Research and data (with the appropriate checks and balances to preserve anonymity)
* Communications and engagement
* Development of safety related training courses
* Collaborate on industry priority areas, such as track worker safety and infrastructure resilience.
OTSI and RISSB will meet around 3 times per year to share ideas and learnings.
ACRI ALCAM Survey Automation Project
This week, RISSB participated in a workshop by ACRI for a very exciting project they’re running – commissioned by the Victorian Railway Crossing Safety Steering Committee (VRCSSC) / Department of Transport (DoT) – to explore how technology can be leveraged to support the data collection for populating ALCAM.
Work like this will help make ALCAM smarter, more streamlined and ultimately add to the value it already brings to industry.
Queensland Level Crossing Safety Group Meets
The Queensland Level Crossing Safety (QLCSG) has a very important mandate for providing leadership on level crossing strategy and overseeing a Memorandum of Understanding which defines management and funding responsibilities of railway managers and road authorities at level crossings.
RISSB was invited to share its work plan and especially those things related to level crossing safety. It is very pleasing to be able to support the good work being done around industry such as that being done by QLCSG.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Horizons Program 5.0 Members’ Nominations Open Next Week
RISSB’s popular young professionals engagement program, Horizons, will be back in 2023 and next year’s program is shaping up to offer even more opportunities for the best and brightest young minds from industry to connect, network, learn and grow.
Starting in February 2023, Horizons Program 5.0 will include:
* Five forums (3 x 2-day face-to-face and 2 x 0.5 day virtual) all fully facilitated
* A series of webinars
* Presentations from industry leaders including CEOs and senior technical leaders
* Site visits
* Group projects
Plus, we’re offering networking events and the opportunity to meet up and coming leaders from right across the rail industry and Australia.
We’ll be welcoming nominations from members next week, so keep checking your inbox for advice that we’ve started accepting nominations.
Save The Date For Technology and Innovation Conference In 2023
Mark this date in your calendar. RISSB's Technology and Innovation Conference will be held on 8-9 March 2023 at Rydges Sydney Central.
More details about the conference will be provided in a future The Whistle Board newsletter.
Are You Cyber Secure?
This week's Optus data breach is a stark reminder that cyber attacks are becoming more and more frequent with infrastructure damage, threats to safety, disruptions, economic loss and data breaches all possible outcomes from compromised technology.
Did you know that in 2018, RISSB published AS 7770 – Rail Cyber Security, the Australian Standard for managing cyber security risk on the Australian railway network and a Rail Cyber Security Guideline the following year to help with the Standard's implementation?
Both documents can be accessed by members from the 'Products' page on our website.