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.
General Manager Zero Harm and Rail Safety, Transport and Infrastructure, Downer Group
Head of Corporate Passenger and Public Safety, Network Rail
Rail Safety Manager, Sydney Metro
SQE Director, Keolis Downer
Dr Tim Kuypers
Principal, Walbrook Partners
Executive General Manager – Inland Rail Integration, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Executive Director, Safety, Sustainability and Environment, Sydney Metro, Transport for New South Wales
Executive General Manager, Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail
Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC) and Chief Commissioner, ATSB
Director of Special Projects, Transport for NSW
Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR
Assurance & Improvement Manager Country Regional Network, John Holland
Manager Continuous Improvement | Zero Harm, Metro Trains Melbourne
Group Manager Health Safety & Environment, VicTrack
Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR
Director, Digital Engineering, Transport for NSW
General Manager - Safety & Innovation, Rail Industry Safety & Standards Board
Executive General Manager - Safety and Environment, V/Line
Project Manager, ACRI
Group Manager, Signals Track & Power & Group Manager, Innovation Technology, VicTrack and Darren Quinlivan, General Manager Risk, Metro Trains Melbourne
Corporate Affairs & Projects Manager, 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
General Manager Risk Safety & Environment, Australian Rail Track Corporation
CEO, Innovation Engineer, Laing O’Rourke
Senior Manager Rail Safety & Accreditation, Queensland Rail
Lead Investigator - Rail Safety, Transdev Auckland Andy Strivens, Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland
Manager Safety, Aurizon
Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting
General Manager (Acting) – Operations and Assets, City Rail Link Project
Principal Driver, Metro Trains Melbourne & Joey Anca, Human Risk Manager Metro Trains Melbourne
Compliance & Investigations Manager Safer Rail, New Zealand Rail Safety Regulator, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency
Director, Safety, Transport for NSW
Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)
Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR
Associate Professor Anjum Naweed
General Manager Train Service Delivery, Queensland Rail
General Manager – Safety Risk and Assurance, V/Line
Business Improvement Officer, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Dr Neil Robinson
Consultant and Director, RGB Assurance
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.
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How the ATSB is improving rail safety for the general public
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Asset leasing in rail – what are the safety concerns?
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Q10: Can we expect any more changes or announcements?
Maybe. We understand that meeting in person is one of the highlights of participating at the RISSB Rail Safety conference and we have plans in action of how we can safely host social gatherings to meet and network. Given COVIDsafe recommendations and restrictions, specific plans will only be announced closer to the dates.
Still have questions?
Please contact our Event Marketing Manager Thomas Beauchamp at email@example.com