Returning for its 20th year, the revered RISSB Rail Safety Conference will be delivered virtually on 27 – 28 October 2020 to explore the theme, ‘How Safe is Safe Enough?’.
Rail continues to carry the nation’s ambitious infrastructure boom, with both state and federal governments pouring record investment into projects ranging from Inland Rail to Sydney’s Metro. With such accelerated growth, ensuring the safety of all working and using rail requires innovation, collaboration and leadership.
Rail Safety will showcase the industry’s range and depth of capabilities by featuring a new, interdisciplinary and interactive format. As part of this revitalisation, attendees will hear from experts and safety professionals from across the Australian and international rail sectors in a comprehensive program featuring case studies, best practice insights and innovative risk management strategies.
Access the same thought-provoking sessions, hear from leading experts and network with speakers, delegates and event partners, all from the safety and comfort of your own home or workplace.
Keynote Speaker: Captain David Evans
Captain David Evans has more than 40years’ flying experience and accumulated in excess of 23,000 hours in the air. For 25 of those years David has been a Check and Training Captain with Qantas on the international fleet and he has qualified in “Air Accident Investigation” and “Human Factors”. In 2010 he was the Check Captain on board the Qantas QF32 during an “uncontained engine failure” resulting in serious damage to the almost brand new A380. Captain David Evans will share the real value of human factors in helping us to make the right decisions when things go wrong.
International Keynote | Safely Moving People, Goods and the Economy
Marc Brazeau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Railway Association of Canada (RAC)
Marc will join us LIVE to share Canada’s rail safety learnings. Canada has the fifth largest rail network in the world. The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) represents railways that transport more than 88 million passengers and more than $328 billion worth of goods across the country each year.
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE| Safety to the Limit
Allan Spence, Head of Corporate Passenger and Public Safety, Network Rail
Returning as the winner of the best IRSC 2019 speaker, Allan joins us discuss Network Rail’s vision of, ‘Everyone Home Safe Every Day’. He now leads the company’s work in all aspects of passenger and public safety.
International keynote| Risk Management of Operators Interpretation of Information from New Technology
Anson Jack, Professor of International Railway Benchmarking, International Director, Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education, University of Birmingham (UK)
Industry keynote | The Regulator : National, Now Where?
Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, ONRSR
Industry keynote | The Benefits of National Harmonisation
Carolyn Walsh, Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC)
General Manager Infrastructure & Major Projects HSE, John Holland
President and Chief Executive Officer, Railway Association of Canada (RAC)
General Manager, Innovation & Major Projects, RISSB
Independent Director, RISSB
Rail Safety Manager, Sydney Metro
Principal, DVH Project Management
Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC)
Executive General Manager – Inland Rail Integration, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Group Executive Corporate Services & Safety, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Executive General Manager, Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail
Project Director – Safe Work Improvement Program, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR
Assurance & Improvement Manager Country Regional Network, John Holland
Manager Continuous Improvement | Zero Harm, Metro Trains Melbourne
Executive General Manager - Safety and Environment, V/Line
Project Manager, ACRI
Group Manager, Signals Track & Power & Group Manager, Innovation Technology, VicTrack
General Manager Risk, Metro Trains Melbourne
Executive Director, TrackSAFE Foundation
General Manager, Rail Programs, RISSB
General Manager, Operations & Maintenance, Canberra Metro Operations (CMET)
Systems Assurance Manager, Digital Systems Program, Transport for NSW
Research Fellow, Victoria institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University
Love Learning Solutions
Senior Manager Rail Safety & Accreditation, Queensland Rail
CEO, Innovation Engineer, Laing O’Rourke
Associate Professor Anjum Naweed
Chief Operating Officer, Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Lead Investigator - Rail Safety, Transdev Auckland Andy Strivens, Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland
Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland
Dr Gemma Read
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast
Dr Mike Walker
Director, Transport Safety, Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Senior Investigator and ICC, Statens Haverikommission, SHK, Swedish Accident
Group Manager Health Safety & Environment, VicTrack
Standards Development Manager, RISSB
Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR
General Manager – Policy, Research & Advocacy, Australasian Railway Association
Director, GS1 Australia
Executive Lead – Smart Transport, Strategic Growth, Telstra Enterprise Sales
Head of Corporate Passenger and Public Safety, Network Rail
Director, Safety, Transport for NSW
Chief Executive, ONRSR
Dr Tim Kuypers
Principal, Walbrook Partners
Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR
Prof Anson Jack
Professor of International Railway Benchmarking, International Director, Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education, University of Birmingham
Business Improvement Officer, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Dr Neil Robinson
Consultant and Director, RGB Assurance
Director, Abbott Risk Consulting
Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting
General Manager (Acting) – Operations and Assets, City Rail Link Project
Chief Engineer – Rail, Department of Transport
Director of Transport, NSW & QLD, KBR
Rail Safety & Compliance Manager, Laing O’Rourke
Manager, Maintenance Delivery, John Holland CRN
Safety Consultant, ContractorSAFE
Director, Holistic Systems and Assurance
General Manager Train Service Delivery, Queensland Rail
General Manager – Safety Risk and Assurance, V/Line
Captain David Evans
Check and Training Captain Airbus A380, QANTAS
Virtual Networking Lounge
We’re delighted to launch the Rail Safety Networking Lounge.
Remember attending conferences to see industry friends and work the room to meet new clients?
We do and to optimise your experience, we have created a virtual networking lounge that recreates the serendipity you experienced at our annual Rail Safety events.
Starting with a networking session on Monday 26 October, the Networking Lounge is the perfect place to bring along your own beverage, take a seat and reconnect with industry colleagues, meet new clients, discuss new projects and build on the last few months of virtual collaboration with a video chat.
Following on from Monday’s pre-event session, the Networking Lounge will be open from 10am-6pm (AEDT) for both days of the conference to give you the opportunity to chat before the conference starts at 11am and during all the networking breaks.
The Lounge is open to all speakers and delegates. You’ll be able to continually move around the lounge to meet attendees.
RISSB’s Mystery Mingle
Not all networking events were created equal. Forget the stuffy suit and mindless chatter of a yawnfest online dinner, roll up your sleeves and get ready for an 1.5 hours of power and fun with RISSB’s online seriously socially distant networking event – RISSB’s Mystery Mingle.
Overcome your fear of strangers and awkward introductions with a fun interactive 2D game that takes the tediousness of out networking and puts the fun into functional entertainment. Enter our networking lounge, collect clues and correctly identify the lounge “intruder” before you run out of time! Ready to network with a twist? Catch up with work colleagues and make some new friends during RISSB’s 1 ½ hour of happy.
Join us on Monday, 26 October for a night of networking, games and more fun!
Networking Lounge Opening Times: 10am – 6pm (AEDT)
Monday 26 October 2000: Including the Official Networking Function | 4.30-5.30pm (AEDT)
Tuesday 27 October 2000
Wednesday 28 October 2000
Virtual Site Tour
Central Station Metro – New Platforms
Delegates will have the opportunity to see the works underway as part of the Central Station Metro $955 million contract awarded to Laing O’Rourke to deliver the new Sydney Metro platforms under Central Station as well as the landmark Central Walk – a new underground pedestrian concourse to help customers get around Sydney’s busiest railway station.
Benefits of Attending Virtually
Why attend RISSB Rail Safety Conference Virtually?
Check out a preview of our virtual delegate experience
Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
The 2020 RISSB Rail Safety Conference will bring together government bodies, railway operators, engineers, project managers and industry experts and stakeholders from across the rail safety spectrum.
To showcase your services, expertise and product to the rail safety professionals and decision makers to this established industry gathering, contact Sarah Ingram, Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales Manager, Sarah.Ingram@informa.com or +61 406 530 043.
The role of safety in delivering New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project
Auckland’s rail network is undergoing a significant upgrade, to accommodate exponential population growth. The City Rail Link (CRL) is New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project and will transform the way people travel, live and work in the country’s biggest city… Read more >>
How the ATSB is improving rail safety for the general public
Derailments, signals passed at danger, level crossings incidents, and track workers coming into conflict or potential conflict with trains represent serious concerns to the rail industry… Read more >>
Asset leasing in rail – what are the safety concerns?
“Power by the hour” deals have long been used in aviation, due to their perceived financial attractiveness. Unlike traditional time and material-based models, these long term service agreements (LTSAs) rid transport owners of weighty overheads, by linking engineering and maintenance costs to required activity. Read more >>
Mixed signals: SPAD-risk management and mitigation from the Network Controller perspective
The term ‘SPAD’ (signal passed at danger) is often considered the ‘Voldemort’ of the rail industry. It represents one of the sector’s most ominous safety concerns, given the potential for high consequence accidents, loss of life, and severe reputational damage to the offending organisation. SPAD violations have been attributed to… Read more >>
Q1: I’m an already registered attendee for Rail Safety 2020, what happens with my registration?
Your existing conference registration ticket will automatically be carried over to our 100% virtual event. You do not need to re-register.
Additionally, to thank you for your loyalty, all existing bookings are entitled to invite one additional colleague to attend the virtual conference & exhibition at no additional charge (see Q8 below for details).
Should you prefer, you can opt for a refund of the difference between the virtual and regular registration rates.
Young Rail Professionals*
RISSB Members – Young Rail Professionals*
* Applicable to those aged 35 years or younger on 27 October 2020
Your Virtual Registration provides you with unlimited access to the RISSB Rail Safety 2020 Event Platform. This will be our all-in-one venue to access:
- 50+ presentations and panel sessions – LIVE and ON-DEMAND for 3 months
- 60+ Expert Speakers
- The Virtual Exhibition, including technical information and demos
- Pre and post event networking sessions
- All approved papers, abstracts and technical content (available for download)
Should you have any queries about your registration, please contact our Customer Service Team at email@example.com
Q2: I am a sponsor/exhibitor, what happens next?
Our number one priority is to deliver you an outstanding virtual experience, resulting in more opportunities for networking, brand visibility and lead generation than ever before. Over the coming days, your dedicated Sponsorship Manager will reach out to discuss next steps and opportunities. Should you have questions, please contact Sarah Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +61 406 530 043.
Q3: I am a speaker on the agenda, what happens next?
As a speaker on our program, we will soon be contacting you to discuss next steps on how we can incorporate your presentation as part of the RISSB Rail Safety 2020 virtual conference in October. Should you have questions, please contact Tina Karas at email@example.com
Q4: How will the presentations be delivered in a virtual format?
All speaker presentations will be accessible from your computer or mobile device with a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions. Speakers will have scheduled live Q&A built into the agenda. Attendees will be able to see the video of the speaker, along with their slide deck as they are presenting. Attendees will also be able to see who else is in the virtual room alongside them, send private or group-wide messages during or after the presentation, or set a time for a 1:1 video meeting on the platform. Presentations will be available to view on-demand for 30 days post event, allowing you to view presentations at your own convenience.
Q5: What time zone will Rail Safety 2020 accommodate?
While Rail Safety 2020 will be a genuinely international event, the proceedings will follow Australian Eastern Standard times (AEST)
Q6: How will the virtual exhibition look?
Our virtual trade showcase will be accessible alongside the conference presentations to help you to connect with relevant vendors and suppliers. In between conference sessions, we will have dedicated exhibition visiting times to view live product demos with expert on hand to provide additional information and answer any questions that you may have.
Q7: Will I still be able to communicate with attendees, speakers and exhibitors?
Yes, our virtual platform will have a full attendee list published (name, title, company, photo) that can be filtered by topic interests (eg maintenance, rollingstock, project management, regulation, safety, technology, skills etc).
Attendees will be able to send private messages and video call each other through our virtual platform.
Q8: I am already registered. How do I redeem my one free colleague pass?
For all existing conference pass attendees, our Customer Service Team will email you a note asking for your preference in proceeding, along with the practical details for this option, including how to register your free colleague.
Q9: I already booked flights / hotel accommodations, can these be refunded?
Please follow up with the airline / hotel directly to inquire about cancellation policies.
Still have questions?
Please contact our Event Marketing Manager Thomas Beauchamp at firstname.lastname@example.org
when & where
27 - 28 Oct 2020
Access to virtual event platform: from 22 October 2020
Pre-conference networking session: 26 October 2020 (4.30-5.30pm AEDT)
Rail Safety Virtual Networking Lounge (exclusive to conference attendees)
A virtually delivered event