As this year's annual report sets out, the 2017 / 2018 financial year was one of considerable achievement. From another record number of new products to successful networking events and representation at the highest level, RISSB has delivered meaningful outcomes for its members across all areas of activity.
Building collaborative relationships with allied individuals, like-minded organisations and stakeholders in the rail sector continued to be a focus throughout 2017-18, and our results are testament to this. Many successful initiatives were launched during the last financial year including, of
course, the Australian Rail Risk Model.
From an administrative perspective, the outcomes of 2017 / 2018 have been pleasing. Solid planning and prudent financial management has placed RISSB in a strong position.
Throughout 2018, our members have helped set our agenda, fund our activities and have directly benefited from the results. Accordingly, I invite our member organisations to attend RISSB's AGM in Canberra later this month and to contribute to RISSB's ongoing success. After all, we are here to benefit you and to contribute to a stronger and more resilient rail sector.
Paul Daly RISSB CEO
RISSB's National Rail Safety Investigation Course 3-7 December 2018
As a result of a recent train derailment, has the nature of rail safety investigations changed?
RISSB's five-day National Rail Safety Investigation 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.
Learn how to investigate all rail safety incidents, including (but not limited to):
• Safeworking incidents/breaches
• Uncontrolled movements
• Accidents and injuries
• Train control incidents
• Workshop incidents
• Infrastructure and construction incidents.
Among other things, this five-day course will cover:
• Regulatory requirements for rail safety investigations
• Rail safety investigation models
• Rail safety investigation principles and the legislative framework
• Safety awareness in rail investigations
• Immediate actions
• Recommended actions
• 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.
RISSB was initially established primarily to serve Australia’s heavy rail industry. We were focused on drawing back together (where possible / desirable) 100+ years of railway divergence which has led to inefficiencies, increased costs, and safety challenges. In recent years, the light rail industry has undergone a significant renaissance, so the time is right if we want to avoid a repeat of that divergence. RISSB is keen to help, and this year for the first time ever, a light rail project is on our workplan – a Guideline called Light Rail Urban Design Safety.
RISSB's involvement in light rail, RISSB is planning on hosting a workshop in the first half of December to bring together and build on work that has been done to develop a prioritised program of work for RISSB to progress; if you’re interested in being involved, please respond to Jesse Baker - RISSB's GM Safety and Innovation at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may want to get involved because:
You are facing a particular problem and it would help you to know how other light rail networks have solved it, and would get value from working
with other light rail networks to find a solution;
Light rail has a mobile workforce and bringing people in from other networks where things are done differently is (potentially) causing cost / safety issues – harmonised approaches could minimise this; and
You have established practice/s that you are willing to share with others (especially emerging) networks for the greater good!
We look forward to working with you in support of this important part of our industry!
National Medical Standards Meeting
Chief medical officers and staff who deal with medical standards met in Sydney on 8 November to discuss a range of matters relating to medical standards, including potential improvements, training and authorised health professionals. A/Professor Anjum Naweed from CQU presented to the meeting on a RISSB Guideline under development relating to train driver health. Three representatives from Metro Trains Australia (MTA) presented on the rail industry worker scheme and database which was recently awarded to MTA. NTC, who manage the medical standards, also attended.
Collision Avoidance for Track Vehicles to Kick Off
The first Development Group meeting for the Standard on Collision Avoidance and Proximity Warning on Track Maintenance Vehicles (including Rail Road Vehicles) will be held in Perth today. There are well over 20 people from across the rail industry on this DG and it will be great to see many coming to the first meeting. Project Track have been appointed as the author. The Perth meeting will discuss the objective and scope of this standard.
Horizons Program Tech Talk on 20 November 2018
Focusing on mobility as a service, Kellie Nuttall, a partner at Deloitte, will present the second Horizons Program Tech Talk. This Tech Talk will explore how mobility as a service platforms let users plan and book door-to-door trips using a single app and how this may impact our concept of rail travel in the future.
Development Group Members Required - AS 7460 Operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones) on the Rail Network
RISSB is seeking nominations from people to join a Development Group to develop a new Australian Standard – AS 7460 Operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones) on the Rail Network. The closing date for nominations is Friday, 23rd November 2018.
Every two months a group of Horizons Program participants prepares a newsletter which highlights new ideas and technologies relevant to rail. This month's edition of their newsletter, FastTrack, is now available online. Congratulations to all who helped compile this inaugural edition.
Notice of AGM for Members
RISSB Members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting of RISSB will be held in Canberra on Monday, 26 November 2018 just prior to AusRail.
The meeting is being held at 2:30 pm in the Derwent Room, National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra and all members are invited to attend.
The Notice of Meeting and Annual Report for 2017-18 were dispatched to all members (RISSB nominated contacts) at the end of October by both post and email. If any member has not received a copy of the Notice or Annual Report please contact RISSB’s Company Secretary, Kirk Alber at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can download a copy from the RISSB website – just go to: https://www.rissb.com.au/about-rissb/key-documents/
Please note, only RISSB Full Members are entitled to vote on the resolutions before the meeting. If
unable to attend, Full Members are encouraged to appoint a proxy (which can be the Chair of the meeting or any of the Full Members attending) to represent them at the meeting and vote on their behalf. Proxy forms for that purpose were included with the Notice of Meeting.
New Staff Appointment
RISSB has appointed Sam Peters to the position of Events Coordinator.
Sam has worked for not-for-profit and commercial businesses running their events for nearly 10 years. She has a wide and varied background supporting iconic Queensland events including the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Ekka, the Brisbane International Tennis Australian Open Series, as well as numerous conferences, gala dinners and fundraising events.
Sam’s role will see her be the focal point in RISSB’s expanding training and events calendar as she coordinates and supervises RISSB’s events and conferences. She is looking forward to developing long-term relationships with RISSB stakeholders and positively contributing to the ongoing knowledge exchange within industry.
Please contact her regarding all of RISSB’s conferences and event services.
RISSB's Annual Report
RISSB's 2017/18 Annual Report is now available online.
Say Hello to More Horizons Participants
Every fortnight, we'll be introducing you to three Horizons Program participants from across Australia. This week say hello to Denham Bailey, Derya Thunhorst and Liam Wilson.
My name is Denham Bailey, I am the Track Superintendent for Genesee and Wyoming based in Adelaide.
Our crew looks after around 20 rail yards from the SA/VIC border to about 120km north of Adelaide. I have been in the rail industry for nearly 16 years and am looking forwards to being a part of the Horizons Program to see what technology can bring to the industry, for not only track but all departments.
In my spare time I like to spent time with family and friends and travel whenever I can.
Hello, I’m Derya Thunhorst and I work for Lendlease’s rail business as a Project Development Manager, based in Sydney. My role is quite versatile and, in addition to project management, includes client liaison, stakeholder management and collaboration with different engineering disciplines. Since moving to Australia in 2012, I have worked on several different tenders and projects.
My passion for rail started at a young age – I grew up in Germany, and frequently travelled by train to visit my Grandma. At university, I decided to study civil engineering, with a focus on rail. My main driver is to improve public transport systems, and I feel that by participating in the Horizons Program, I not only get to meet likeminded people, but can also work towards contributing to the
future of Australia’s rail industry.
When not at work, I enjoy spending time hiking and running outdoors in the beautiful weather and nature, and meeting new people.
I’m Liam Wilson and I am the Safety Specialist at Pacific National for Victoria.
My role is varied as I provide HSE advice for main line operations (both intermodal and bulk product businesses), driver depots, wagon maintenance facilities and terminals. The Melbourne Freight Terminal is also designated as a major hazard facility. Overall I have a great opportunity to be part of a rail operator and contribute to its success.
The Horizons Program is complimentary to this and from it I want to be able to develop my knowledge of the industry. This will assist me in influencing and leading my company to operate efficiently and importantly safely with the highest levels of performance and thrive in future change.
Rail Safety Investigation Course
3-7 December 2018