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RISSB Rail Safety Conference

New ideas, new perspectives and new directions

11-12 May 2021 | Swissotel Sydney

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Returning as a face-to-face event in 2021, the revered RISSB Rail Safety Conference will take place on the 11-12 May in Sydney.

Rail Safety 2021 will showcase the industry’s range and depth of capabilities by continuing to develop many of the learnings and new features from our 2020 virtual conference including the offering of interdisciplinary and interactive formats, concurrent streams and site tours. As part of this continued 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

Amidst all that was this year, 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.

Access the thought-provoking sessions and hear from leading experts while you network with speakers, delegates and event partners. We are excited to be moving back to face-to-face events in 2021 and will continue to offer digital experiences for networking and extended learning.

Thanks again to everyone who made 2020 such a success, proving that COVID-19 and the tyranny of distance is not a barrier to a great conference experience and effective communication. Themed ‘How Safe Is Safe Enough?’ the conference set new attendance records attracting more than 220 delegates/speakers representing government, regulators, operators, network managers, safety leaders, and suppliers from right across Australia and overseas – the most people at a RISSB rail safety conference in a decade!

More than 50 industry experts highlighted the need to maintain safety vigilance in our new normal and encouraged conference attendees to challenge the status quo in their organisation. The conference included 6 keynote presentations, 9 streams focused on industry’s most pressing safety concerns, two panel discussions and what is believed to be the world’s first virtual site tour – attendees were given a sneak peek at works underway to deliver platforms and a pedestrian concourse under Sydney’s busiest train station. With presentations ranging from safety leadership and SPAD management, risk management of operators, train control and SFAIRP, to incident investigations, the range of topics and presenters reflected the diverse needs and interests of those attending the conference.

Feedback included:

The speakers were engaging and informative. The different streams allowed me to select the topics that I believed were most beneficial to my business, while having access to the presentations post conference will allow me to revisit those that I wish to see again and watch those that I missed.

xcellent speakers. Given the current circumstances we all find ourselves, the conference provided the opportunity to obtain the latest safety implementations being made across the Nation and even globally.

Good range of topics, and good to see industry-wide idea sharing and general direction of the industry. Obviously, given the current situation the only way to meet is virtually, but naturally it would be more value to have this type of event in a live environment.

PAST FEATURED SESSIONS Included:


International Keynote | Safely Moving People, Goods and the Economy
Marc Brazeau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Railway Association of Canada (RAC)

 



INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE| Safety to the Limit
Allan Spence, Director of Regulator Liaison, Network Rail

 
 



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)

speakers

Deborah Spring

Chair, RISSB

Marc Brazeau

President and Chief Executive Officer, Railway Association of Canada (RAC)

Jesse Baker

General Manager, Innovation & Major Projects, RISSB

David George

Independent Director, RISSB

John Langron

Rail Safety Manager, Sydney Metro

Danny Harnedy

Principal, DVH Project Management

Carolyn Walsh

Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC)

Damien White

Executive General Manager – Inland Rail Integration, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Catherine Baxter

Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne

Kylie Gallasch

Group Executive Corporate Services & Safety, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Scott Cornish

Executive General Manager, Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail

David Bainbridge

Project Director – Safe Work Improvement Program, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Peter Doggett

Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

Jamie Dean

Assurance & Improvement Manager Country Regional Network, John Holland

Daniel Upton

Manager Continuous Improvement | Zero Harm, Metro Trains Melbourne

Dean Matthews

Executive General Manager - Safety and Environment, V/Line

Paul Murray

Project Manager, ACRI

Alex McGrath

Group Manager, Signals Track & Power & Group Manager, Innovation Technology, VicTrack

Darren Quinlivan

General Manager Risk, Metro Trains Melbourne

Heather Neil

Executive Director, TrackSAFE Foundation

Mike Aviet

General Manager, Rail Programs, RISSB

Tilo Franz

General Manager, Operations & Maintenance, Canberra Metro Operations (CMET)

Paul Nheu

Systems Assurance Manager, Digital Systems Program, Transport for NSW

Celeste Young

Research Fellow, Victoria institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University

Fiona Love

Love Learning Solutions

Ryan Mort

Senior Manager Rail Safety & Accreditation, Queensland Rail

Kieran MacKenzie

CEO, Innovation Engineer, Laing O’Rourke

Associate Professor Anjum Naweed

CQUniversity

Colin McNamara

Chief Operating Officer, Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Rachel Wood

Lead Investigator - Rail Safety, Transdev Auckland Andy Strivens, Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland

Andy Strivens

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

Eva-Lotta Högberg

Senior Investigator and ICC, Statens Haverikommission, SHK, Swedish Accident

Lyndal Gibbs

Group Manager Health Safety & Environment, VicTrack

Risharda Robertson

Standards Development Manager, RISSB

Julie Bullas

Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR

Simon Bourke

General Manager – Policy, Research & Advocacy, Australasian Railway Association

Bonnie Ryan

Director, GS1 Australia

Jamie Smith

Executive Lead – Smart Transport, Strategic Growth, Telstra Enterprise Sales

Allan Spence

Director of Regulator Liaison, Network Rail

Graham Jackson

Director, Safety, Transport for NSW

Sue McCarrey

Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Dr Tim Kuypers

Principal, Walbrook Partners

Simon Foster

Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR

Prof Anson Jack

Professor of International Railway Benchmarking, International Director, Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education, University of Birmingham

Bill Palazzi

Director, Palazzirail

Stewart Haycock

Business Improvement Officer, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Dr Neil Robinson

Consultant and Director, RGB Assurance

Steve Bickley

Director, Abbott Risk Consulting

Tim Procter

Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting

Russell McMullan

General Manager (Acting) – Operations and Assets, City Rail Link Project

Rob Scarbro

Chief Engineer – Rail, Department of Transport

Mark Carling

Director of Transport, NSW & QLD, KBR

Lindsay Holt

Rail Safety & Compliance Manager, Laing O’Rourke

David Mackney

Manager, Maintenance Delivery, John Holland CRN

Sue Bottrell

Safety Consultant, ContractorSAFE

Todd Bentley

Director, Holistic Systems and Assurance

David McMah

General Manager Train Service Delivery, Queensland Rail

Craig Dance

General Manager – Safety Risk and Assurance, V/Line

Captain David Evans

Check and Training Captain Airbus A380, QANTAS

agenda

Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

11:00 am

Welcome from RISSB

Deborah Spring, Chair, RISSB

SAFETY CULTURE

11:10 am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Safely Moving People, Goods and the Economy

Marc Brazeau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Railway Association of Canada (RAC)

11:40 am

LAUNCH I RISSB’s Safety Culture Toolkit

Jesse Baker, General Manager, Innovation & Major Projects, RISSB

David George, Independent Director, RISSB

11:50 am

Rail Safety Opportunities on Major Projects

John Langron, Rail Safety Manager, Sydney Metro

12:10 pm

Safety Leadership

Danny Harnedy, Principal, DVH Project Management

12:30 pm

Safety stretches and networking break

12:50 pm

KEYNOTE SPEAKER The Benefits of National Harmonisation

Carolyn Walsh, Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC)

1:15 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | Safety Leaders Panel

Facilitated by: Damien White, Executive General Manager – Inland Rail Integration, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Catherine Baxter, Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne

Kylie Gallasch, Group Executive Corporate Services & Safety, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Scott Cornish, Executive General Manager, Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail

1:55 pm

Safety stretches and networking break

2:10 pm

SAFETY ISSUES IN FOCUS

Chair || Stream: Track Worker Safety

David Bainbridge, Project Director – Safe Work Improvement Program, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Chair || Stream: Railway Level Crossings

Dean Matthews, Executive General Manager - Safety and Environment, V/Line

Chair || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Mike Aviet, General Manager, Rail Programs, RISSB

2:15 pm

ONRSR’s Priorities and Observations: Is there a mismatch between the Perception and Reality of What Actually Happens || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

ACRI’s Cost-effective Solutions || Stream: Railway Level Crossings

Paul Murray, Project Manager, ACRI

The Canberra Metro Experience || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Tilo Franz, General Manager, Operations & Maintenance, Canberra Metro Operations (CMET)

2:35 pm

JHG PO Uplift Program || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Jamie Dean, Assurance & Improvement Manager Country Regional Network, John Holland

“..But the upgrade project was supposed to fix that crossings!..” A Systems Approach to Level Crossings that Don’t Obey the Conventional Rules || Stream: Railway Level Crossings

Alex McGrath, Group Manager, Signals Track & Power & Group Manager, Innovation Technology, VicTrack

Darren Quinlivan, General Manager Risk, Metro Trains Melbourne

How Many Safety Assurance Engineers Does it Take to Change a Railway Light Bulb? || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Paul Nheu, Systems Assurance Manager, Digital Systems Program, Transport for NSW

2:55 pm

Enforceable Voluntary Undertaking || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Daniel Upton, Manager Continuous Improvement | Zero Harm, Metro Trains Melbourne

Preventing Suicide on the Rail Network || Stream: Railway Level Crossings

Heather Neil, Executive Director, TrackSAFE Foundation

Whose Risk is it Anyway? || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Celeste Young, Research Fellow, Victoria institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University

3:15 pm

Safety stretches and networking break

3:35 pm

SAFETY ISSUES IN FOCUS

Chair || Stream: Track Worker Safety

David Bainbridge, Project Director – Safe Work Improvement Program, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Chair || Stream: Sharing Investigations

Colin McNamara, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Chair || Stream: Data and Information

Lyndal Gibbs, Group Manager Health Safety & Environment, VicTrack

3:40 pm

Update on the Protection Officer Reform Program || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Fiona Love, Love Learning Solutions

‘Mind the Gap’ - Incident Investigations || Stream: Sharing Investigations

Rachel Wood, Lead Investigator - Rail Safety, Transdev Auckland Andy Strivens, Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland

Andy Strivens, Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland

ARRM Yourself || Stream: Data and Information

Risharda Robertson, Standards Development Manager, RISSB

4:00 pm

Track Worker Safety Initiatives || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Ryan Mort, Senior Manager Rail Safety & Accreditation, Queensland Rail

A systems thinking approach to learning from accidents: The AcciMap technique || Stream: Sharing Investigations

Dr Gemma Read, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast

National Rail Safety Data Strategy || Stream: Data and Information

Julie Bullas, Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR

Simon Bourke, General Manager – Policy, Research & Advocacy, Australasian Railway Association

4:20 pm

Safety stretches

4:25 pm

Toolbox Spotter: The Benefits of an Artificial Intelligence Computer Vision Safety System || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Kieran MacKenzie, CEO, Innovation Engineer, Laing O’Rourke

Collision with floodwater at Little Banyan Creek – Lessons for rail infrastructure managers and rollingstock operators || Stream: Sharing Investigations

Dr Mike Walker, Director, Transport Safety, Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Safety Benefits of Supply Chain Digitilisation || Stream: Data and Information

Bonnie Ryan, Director, GS1 Australia

4:45 pm

Caught Between a Rail and a Hard Place: A Cross-country Analysis of Factors that Impact Track Worker Safety || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Associate Professor Anjum Naweed, CQUniversity

Risk Management of Operators Interpretation of Information from New Technology || Stream: Sharing Investigations

Eva-Lotta Högberg, Senior Investigator and ICC, Statens Haverikommission, SHK, Swedish Accident

Telecommunications and Data Case Study | Implications for Rail || Stream: Data and Information

Jamie Smith, Executive Lead – Smart Transport, Strategic Growth, Telstra Enterprise Sales

5:20 pm

Safety stretches and networking break

5:25 pm

International keynote| Safety to the Limit

Allan Spence, Director of Regulator Liaison, Network Rail

5:55 pm

End of conference day one

Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

11:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Graham Jackson, Director, Safety, Transport for NSW

11:10 am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER The Regulator | National, Now Where?

Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

11:30 am

PANEL DISCUSSION | Ask the Regulator Panel

Dr Tim Kuypers, Principal, Walbrook Partners

Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

Julie Bullas, Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR

Simon Foster, Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR

12:00 pm

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER | SFAIRP: How do we feel about Reasonable Practicability?

Prof Anson Jack, Professor of International Railway Benchmarking, International Director, Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education, University of Birmingham

12:30 pm

Safety stretches and networking break

12:35 pm

Chair || Stream: TECHNOLOGY

David George, Independent Director, RISSB

Chair || Stream: SFAIRP

Steve Bickley, Director, Abbott Risk Consulting

12:40 pm

Advanced Train Control Systems: Achieving Interoperability over our Diverse National Network || Stream: TECHNOLOGY

Bill Palazzi, Director, Palazzirail

System Safety, Standards and SFAIRP || Stream: SFAIRP

Tim Procter, Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting

1:00 pm

e-TAP || Stream: TECHNOLOGY

Stewart Haycock, Business Improvement Officer, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Are Risk Matrices Valid in a SFAIRP Environment || Stream: SFAIRP

Russell McMullan, General Manager (Acting) – Operations and Assets, City Rail Link Project

1:20 pm

An Archaic Hierarchy: Is the Hierarchy of Controls always valid in the age of Software Systems? || Stream: TECHNOLOGY

Dr Neil Robinson, Consultant and Director, RGB Assurance

Is misunderstanding of SFAIRP driving excess costs and unsustainable outcomes into the rail and transport infrastructure? || Stream: SFAIRP

Rob Scarbro, Chief Engineer – Rail, Department of Transport

1:40 pm

Safety stretches and networking break

2:00 pm

Chair || Stream: Contractor Management

Mark Carling, Director of Transport, NSW & QLD, KBR

Chair || Stream: SPADs

Todd Bentley, Director, Holistic Systems and Assurance

2:05 pm

A Rail Safety Manager’s Perspective || Stream: Contractor Management

Lindsay Holt, Rail Safety & Compliance Manager, Laing O’Rourke

Training the Train Controllers and Improving Rail Safety through Teamwork || Stream: SPADs

Associate Professor Anjum Naweed, CQUniversity

2:25 pm

A Track Manager’s Perspective || Stream: Contractor Management

David Mackney, Manager, Maintenance Delivery, John Holland CRN

SPAD Prevention at Queensland Rail || Stream: SPADs

David McMah, General Manager Train Service Delivery, Queensland Rail

2:45 pm

Legal Impacts and Implications || Stream: Contractor Management

Sue Bottrell, Safety Consultant, ContractorSAFE

V/Line’s SPAD Prevention Program || Stream: SPADs

Craig Dance, General Manager – Safety Risk and Assurance, V/Line

3:05 pm

Safety stretches and networking break

3:30 pm

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Captain David Evans, Check and Training Captain Airbus A380, QANTAS

4:30 pm

End of conference

Partners

pricing

Packages Price
2020 On-Demand Access$595+GST
2020 On-Demand Access - RISSB Rate$295+GST

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
  • All approved papers, abstracts and technical content (available for download)

Important • Virtual Pass bookings
For virtual pass bookings, please read below before proceeding:

  • All delegate registrations must use their own email address to ensure each delegate receives a unique password to join the digital event. You cannot use one email for multiple profiles.
  • If your company is not based in Australia, check the GST box on the next page as you are not required to pay GST.

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The 2021 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.

Blog articles

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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?
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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 >>

when & where

11 - 12 May 2021

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000
+ 61 (2) 9238 8888
swissotelsydney.com.au

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