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RISSB Rail Safety Conference

Safety in a growth industry

2-3 April 2019 | Pullman Melbourne on the Park

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RISSB Member Rates Available // See Pricing Below.


Join us in Melbourne for the largest and most comprehensive conference focused on all aspects of rail safety in Australia.

Across Australia, rail is experiencing record investment. In Victoria alone, there is $38 billion of transport projects currently in construction, with 41 major transport projects currently being built and involving over 12,000 people. The increase in demand for new infrastructure, implementation of current technologies and the burgeoning strain on resources, poses an influx of new risks to the industry which require a collaborative response to address and ensure the safety of all working and using the rail industry.

The key messages that we took away from the highly successful RISSB Rail Safety Conference in 2018, was that in an age of digitalisation, change is a constant and with changing technology comes the need and opportunity to apply dynamic responses to safety solutions.

On the back of this strong foundation, the RISSB Rail Safety Conference in 2019 will explore the future of safety in times of growth and demand. Attendees will hear from experts and safety professionals from across the Australian and international rail sectors in a comprehensive 2-day conference featuring case studies, best practice insights and innovative risk management strategies.

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Tom Breen, Head of Health and Safety (Systemwide & Improvements), Crossrail UK
GOVERNMENT KEYNOTE: Hon Melissa Horne MP, Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Ports and Freight, Victoria
Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, ONRSR
Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR
Julie Bullas, Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR
Simon Foster, Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR


We are developing a comprehensive and engaging agenda that will showcase the industry’s initiatives, collaboration and contribution to safety in a growth industry.

Topics will address:

  • Safety and systems assurance across major projects and stakeholders
  • Maintenance, risk and asset management
  • Keeping our people, customers and workplaces safe
  • Safety in design, engineering and construction
  • Power, signalling and communications upgrades
  • Automation and innovations in technology
  • Managing skills, assets and resources


To share your case studies, research and safety learning and practices, forward your abstract (approximately 400) for consideration to Tina Karas, Conference Manager, Informa Australia.

Deadline: Thursday 14 February

RailSafe 2019
2 April 2019, 9.00-12.00, Pullman Melbourne on the Park

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will convene its inaugural rail safety forum – RailSafe 2019 – at RISSB’s Rail Safety 2019 Conference. During a three-hour session, the ATSB will engage with the Australian rail industry on a range of safety-related issues towards improving transport safety. RailSafe 2019 represents a valuable opportunity for all invited delegates to learn lessons from a range of recent rail incidents and accidents investigations.

Attendance at RailSafe 2019 is included in your booking of RISSB’s Rail Safety 2019 Conference. Book your attendance at the time of your registration.


Annual Rail Safety Dinner – Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC)

Go behind the scenes at this year’s Rail Safety Dinner!

Starting with an inspiring visit to the National Sports Museum, guests will walk in the footsteps of legends and absorb the spirit of the historic MCG, one of the world’s great sporting arenas, before sharing safety learnings and lessons with colleagues. Here, giants have lived up to a nation’s hopes, heroes have walked the corridors, and moments of suspense have been watched by millions around the country, and the world.

Open exclusively to conference delegates, be sure to join us in a night of relaxed networking for one of the true highlights in the rail industry calendar.

Register at the time of your conference booking.


Packages Price
Two day conference - Standard rate$1995+GSTEarly Bird
Two day conference - RISSB member rate$1195+GSTEarly Bird
Two day conference - RISSB Young Rail Professionals rate (Under 35)*$695+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner - Standard Rate (Single Ticket) $175+GST
Dinner - RISSB Member Rate (Single Ticket) $150+GST

RISSB Young Rail Professionals rate (Under 35)*

*RISSB is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to all young rail professionals of RISSB Member organisations. To receive the discounted rate, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • You must be an RISSB member
  • You must be aged 35 years or younger
  • Upon booking, your registration must be accompanied by another RISSB member from your organisation that is over 35 years at the full price
  • The person aged 35 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.

Is your organisation an RISSB Member? Check here

Event images

View images taken on Day One of the RISSB Rail Safety Conference 2018

RISSB Rail Safety Conference 2018-29

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The 2019 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, or Ph: +61 411 499 131.

Blog articles

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 >>


RISSB CEO Paul Daly at AusRAIL 2017

RISSB’s top priorities for 2016

Collaboration Key for Rail Safety Wins

when & where

02 - 03 Apr 2019

Pullman Melbourne on the Park
192 Wellington Parade
Melbourne VIC 3000

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


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Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship Manager
+61 411 499 131

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NOTE: The Site Tour and RailSafe 2019 workshop are being held at the same time.
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