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RISSB Rail Safety Conference

The annual rail safety conference is the only dedicated event for the rail safety regulators and industry executives

4 - 5 April 2017 | Pullman Brisbane King George Square

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The central theme of the RISSB Rail Safety 2016 conference was - "One Regulator. One Vision. One Industry." - and we enjoyed two days of discussion and knowledge share in Adelaide in April on how to make this possible.

Moving forward on the foundations built at Rail Safety 2016, we look towards a central theme examining 'Enhancing Safety through Collaboration' for 2017.  

In order for attendees to garner the most value from the conference we are actively seeking a range of case studies to feature on the program from both local and international speakers. As well as this, attendees will hear from industry experts and safety professionals from across the industry to ensure knowledge sharing, best practice insights and take away solutions are the prime focus of the 2 day conference. 

Every year in Australia and New Zealand there are roughly 1,000 near misses along railway tracks and at railway-crossings. Approximately 200 of these result in death or serious injury. For rail safety in Australia to move forward we need collaboration to ensure a safer industry for all. 

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) 
  • Peter Robertson, General Manager, Surface Safety Investigations and Technical Analysis ATSB 
  • Dr Gemma Read, Research Fellow, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast 
  • Hon John Anderson AO, Chair, Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI)
  • Sandra Wilson-Ryke, General Manager Risk & Safety, Enterprise Services, ARTC
  • Naomi Frauenfelder, Executive Director, TrackSAFE 
  • Ian Chapman, Executive Manager - Safety, Health, Environment & Corporate Risk, TasRail 

If you are interested in speaking at the conference please send your details and topic of interest to

Site tour confirmed:

Rail Safety Site Tour: Wulkuraka Maintenance Depot

4 April 2017, 09:00 - 12:00 (times include bus transfer from and to the conference venue) 

Attendees will visit Bombardier’s state-of-the-art $190 million facility at Wulkuraka, which is responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Queensland New Generation Rollingstock (QNGR) fleet. Officially opened in February 2016, this purpose-built maintenance centre at Wulkuraka, west of Ipswich, includes specialist equipment to enable Bombardier to maintain the 75 new trains. Facilities include: wheel lathe and train lifting jacks, fully pitted roads, train cleaning and decanting facilities and an automated visual inspection system.

More details to follow

Places are strictly limited to 30 attendees, so register for the conference now to reserve your spot. 

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