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ARA Light Rail 2021

8-9 June 2021 | Sofitel Sydney, Darling Harbour

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The Australasian Railway Association and Informa are pleased to be bringing our 8th Light Rail Conference back to Sydney. The conference will take place at the Sofitel Sydney, Darling Harbour on the 8 and 9 June 2021.

Light Rail 2021 will bring together operators, manufacturers, contractors and industry and government stakeholders of every level across the light rail sector to hear cutting-edge case studies, project updates and learn from successful projects in Australasia and the world.

Light rail is reshaping the Australasian landscape by reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse emissions and transforming the way we travel by offering smart solutions and completing multimodal connections. With transport planning refining our cities and regions, now it is the time to build a long-term, strategic light rail future that benefits all.

Confirmed speakers include:

Magda Robertson, General Manager, Torrens Connect


Duncan Edghill, Director-General, Chief Projects Officer, Major Projects Canberra


Ben Phyland, Head of Rolling Stock Development, Department of Transport, Victoria


Ainsley Simpson, CEO, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)


Brian Brennan, Chief Operating Officer, Light Rail, Transdev Australasia


Susan Palmer-Cannon, Director, Train and Tram Projects | Rolling Stock Development, Department of Transport, Victoria


Poppy Coleman, Director Safety, Sustainability, Environment & Assurance, Transport for NSW


Michael Nolan, Climate Change Risk & Resilience Leader – Australia & New Zealand, Aurecon


Topics to be addressed include:

  • Project updates
  • Responding to COVID-19
  • Innovation and post pandemic opportunities
  • New technology
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Data and communications
  • Enhancing customer service and accessibility
  • Asset management and maintenance
  • Urban rejuvenation and planning
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Finance, planning, safety, and delivery considerations
  • International perspectives and expertise

Thank you for everyone who submitted an application to present at the Light Rail Conference.

We look forward to sharing these practical insights and expertise, industry updates and showcasing the research, technology, and collaboration driving greater productivity, safety, and sustainability in light rail.




Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2195+GST
Dinner - Table of 10$2200+GST
Virtual Pass$1200+GST
Extras Price
Dinner - Single Ticket $220+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Single Ticket $200+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2200+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Table of 10 $2000+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1756+GST
Dinner - Table of 10$2000+GST
Virtual Pass$900+GST
Extras Price
Dinner - Single Ticket $220+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Single Ticket $200+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2200+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Table of 10 $2000+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1,097.50+GST
Dinner - Table of 10$2200+GST
Extras Price
Dinner - Single Ticket $220+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Single Ticket $200+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2200+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Table of 10 $2000+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$878+GST
Virtual Pass$450+GST
Dinner - Table of 10$2000+GST
Extras Price
Dinner - Single Ticket $220+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Single Ticket $200+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2200+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Table of 10 $2000+GST

ARA Young Rail Professionals rate (Under 35)*

The ARA is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to young rail professionals, aged 35 years old and under on 8 June 2021, to attend this year’s ARA Light Rail conference.

* To receive the Young Professionals discounted rate, you must be aged 35 years or younger.

Note: You will be required to provide ID on the day of the event.


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CAF is a global leader in the design, manufacture, supply, maintenance and refurbishment of all types of rolling stock with a presence across 5 continents. We deliver railway solutions including financing, signalling, subsystems and engineering services with state of the art technology. Our commitment to delivering custom-tailored solutions, coupled with a focus on technological advancements and sustainable transport products, makes CAF a company that stands for its customers.

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Site Tour


We are delighted to offer delegates the option of two concurrent site tours in 2021.

Sydney Light Rail Randwick Stabling Yard Operational Control Centre (OCC)
Delegates will enjoy a guided tour of Randwick Stabling Yard, home of Sydney’s new light rail fleet and nerve centre for light rail operations. The stabling yard includes the operations room for the CBD and South East Light Rail network, sheds for light maintenance and the fleet wash bay.

Sydney Light Rail Lilyfield Maintenance Facility

Delegates will visit the new maintenance facility in Lilyfield – an important part of the light rail network that will keep the light rail vehicles in working order. Up to six light rail vehicles will be able to be serviced at one time in the Lilyfield depot with wheel repairs and replacements, structural and mechanical repairs carried out as needed.

Each site tour will have a capacity of 20 attendees.
PPE and timings to be finalised shortly.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our speakers, attendees and guests is our top priority.

Informa Australia’s events will be organised in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standards. As the world’s leading events’ organiser, Informa has developed a detailed set of enhanced measures to provide the highest level of hygiene and safety at its events, providing everyone with reassurance and confidence they are participating in a safe and controlled environment.

All Informa events will be run according to official government and local authority guidance in the first instance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations.

For information on what to expect at the Sofitel Sydney, Darling Harbour, click here

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Sponsored by Transdev

Starting with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm, the conference dinner at the Sofitel provides you with the perfect opportunity to continue networking and connecting with peers in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Open exclusively to conference attendees and invited industry guests, register at the time of your conference booking.

Next Generation Conference Scholarships


Would you like to receive a free pass to attend the ARA Light Rail conference and dinner?

The Next-Generation Conference Scholarship is a great opportunity to build your professional network and make connections while showcasing your idea to the light rail industry.

In 200-300 words, describe how you would market and promote the benefits of rail to your peers, friends, family, parliamentarians or the general community at large for the opportunity to win one of 10 scholarships to attend the ARA Light Rail conference and dinner in Sydney this June.


Winners will receive:

  • Complimentary attendance to the ARA Light Rail conference and dinner, including an exclusive pre-event networking breakfast and extended access to the event online networking platform.
  • The opportunity to display ‘winning ideas’ as posters in the exhibition
  • Certificates of acknowledgement at the conference dinner
    Eligibility: Recent graduates and young railway professionals

Open to all recent graduates and young railway professionals who are 30yrs or under (as at 8 June 2021)


  • Entries open: 28 April 2021
  • Competition deadline: 21 May 2021
  • Winners announced: 26 May 2021
  • Networking breakfast for winners: 8 June 2021
  • Certificates presented at the Conference Dinner: 8 June 2021

when & where

08 - 09 Jun 2021

Sofitel Sydney, Darling Harbour
12 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000
+ 61 2 8388 8888


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Still have a question?

Tina Karas
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4408

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship Manager
+61 406 530 043

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