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Hosted by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), AusRAIL is the largest gathering of rail executives in the Southern Hemisphere. Supported by the Institution of Railway Engineers (IRSE), Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) and the Rail Track Association of Australia (RTAA), AusRAIL showcases the innovation of the industry’s people, systems and products.

27-28 November 2018 | National Convention Centre Canberra

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ARA Members receive a 20% special discount - See pricing below
New Mentor Rate discount available for those aged 30 years and under


Rail – For a Better Future

It’s an exciting time to be in rail. As the rail industry flourishes, it is important that the rail sector continues to build long-term momentum, striving for a better rail industry based on a strategic future that provides for a stable pipeline of work, enables greater investment and opportunity for the rail industry and the broader Australasian economy.

At AusRAIL PLUS 2017, the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) launched the Deloitte Access Economics commissioned report, ‘Value of Rail – The Contribution of Rail in Australia’, which highlighted that the total contribution of the rail sector was around $26 billion a year (contributing 1.6% of GDP) to the Australian economy and creating over 140,000 jobs nationally.

Similarly in New Zealand, KiwiRail and the New Zealand Transport Agency taskforce launched the EY commissioned report into the ‘The Value of Rail to Aotearoa’. The report highlighted that the value of rail to New Zealand is estimated to be between $1.47 and $1.54 billion a year.

Across the Australasian region, significant investments are being made into rail infrastructure, with projects such as Inland Rail and movements towards metro operations in Sydney and Melbourne currently underway in Australia.

As an efficient, environmentally and socially beneficial mode of transport, rail also contributes to our quality of life. As we experience a rise in population and economic growth, rail will play a vital role in enabling future economic success and in ensuring rail is able to pick up the passenger load in urban and regional areas created by the increasing population demands on our networks and changes in customer needs brought on by innovation.

Given the rail industry’s drive for innovation, collaboration and government investment, it’s only fitting that AusRAIL 2018 takes place in Australia’s capital city, Canberra – Where the rail industry meets parliament and the bureaucracy.

With the theme, ‘Rail – For a Better Future’, AusRAIL 2018 will bring together key industry and government stakeholders, customers, researchers and suppliers to discuss the economic, social and environmental benefits and future opportunities of rail in developing a better integrated, liveable and prosperous society. The 2018 conference agenda and exhibition will showcase the industry’s current capabilities and skills and provide insight to rail’s future potential.

For more information on AusRAIL 2018 please visit our website.


Packages Price
Both Days$1495+GSTEarly Bird
Day One (27 Nov 2018)$1195+GSTEarly Bird
Day Two (28 Nov 2018)$1195+GSTEarly Bird
Both Days - Mentor Rate$747+GSTEarly Bird
Day One - Mentor Rate (27 Nov 2018)$597+GSTEarly Bird
Day Two - Mentor Rate (28 Nov 2018)$597+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Both Days$1196+GSTEarly Bird
Day One (27 Nov 2018)$956+GSTEarly Bird
Day Two (28 Nov 2018)$956+GSTEarly Bird
Both Days - Mentor Rate$598+GSTEarly Bird
Day One - Mentor Rate (27 Nov 2018)$478+GSTEarly Bird
Day Two - Mentor Rate (28 Nov 2018)$478+GSTEarly Bird

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Mentor Rate discount (30 years and under)*
Applicable to both ARA members and non-members

*To encourage the transfer of industry knowledge, the ARA is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to all young rail professionals, 30 years and under, who attend AusRAIL 2018 with a full-priced colleague.

To receive the discounted rate, the following criteria must be met:

  • You must be aged 30 years or younger, on 27 November 2018
  • Upon booking, your registration must be accompanied by another colleague that is over 30 years at the full price
  • The person aged 30 years or under must include their date of birth in the delegate information comments box when booking.

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


Eligible for the ARA Members Rate? Visit the directory here.

when & where

27 - 28 Nov 2018

National Convention Centre Canberra
31 Constitution Ave, Canberra ACT 2601
(02) 6276 5200

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