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RISSB Rail Safety Conference

How Safe is Safe Enough?

27 – 28 October 2020 | Virtually Delivered Event
Sydney AEDT/UTC+11



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.

Allan Spence, Director of Regulator Liaison, 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)


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

Before you start networking in the lounge, please take a very quick system check by clicking on this link – to ensure the your browser allows access to your camera and microphone. Feel free to view the User Guide to the Lounge for more details.

Once you have joined, make sure your camera and microphone are turned on. You will randomly join a table, but you are free to move around as you please, simply double click on the table you wish you join – its as easy as that!

The Virtual Networking Lounge will work on Desktops, Laptops and Mobile Phones. Tablets are not supported at this time.
For the best experience we recommend these steps:

  • Close all other video applications, as well as memory intensive programs (especially in Windows 10)
  • Close other browser Windows
  • Connect to the internet using a wired connection (faster and more stable than WiFi)

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?

Content is King: Enjoy Curated Content
With two days of expert sessions and industry leading speakers, delve into expertly curated content that you won’t find anywhere else.

Accessible from your devices
Learning and networking is now at your fingertips – the conferences and matchmaking platform is accessible from your laptop, tablets or mobile devices

Time Efficient and Cost Saving
Save on travelling time and accommodation costs while getting in touch with industry professionals without geographical boundaries

Business Matchmaking Live
Connect and meet with fellow attendees from all over the world by taking advantage of the AI powered matchmaking within the virtual platform.

Live and On-Demand
Wherever you are in the world, view the presentations at your leisure – either live or on-demand you’ll never miss a session.

Engage with our expert speakers
Make the most of your virtual experience by keeping updated with the latest insights and discussions, all while engaging with speakers through live polls, Q&A and more!


Check out a preview of our virtual delegate experience

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 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, or +61 406 530 043.

Blog articles

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 >>

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


Still have a question?

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship Manager
+61 406 530 043

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