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RISSB Rail Safety Conference

How Safe is Safe Enough?

31 March – 1 April 2020 | Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney

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In 2020, the RISSB Rail Safety Conference will explore the theme, ‘How Safe is Safe Enough?’

Across Australia, rail is experiencing record investment with the implementation of current technologies and the growth in new infrastructure and services. Ensuring the safety of all working and using rail in times of growth and demand requires innovation, collaboration and leadership.

Returning to Sydney, Rail Safety, now in its 20th year, 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 2-day conference featuring case studies, best practice insights and innovative risk management strategies.

The NEW FORMAT will feature:

  • Plenary sessions each morning including keynotes, thought provoking presentations and panels such as the popular ‘Ask the Regulator’ session
  • Concurrent streams on the afternoon of Day One focusing on key safety issues such as track worker safety, RLX , contractor management and systems safety assurance
  • The option to tailor your knowledge with the selection of site visits or workshops on the afternoon of Day Two

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sandra Wilson-Ryke, SQE Director, Keolis Downer
  • Tilo Franz, General Manager, Operations & Maintenance, CMET
  • Scott Cornish, Executive General Manager, Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail
  • John Langron, Rail Safety Manager, Sydney Metro
  • Rachel Wood, Lead Investigator – Rail Safety, Transdev Auckland
  • Andy Strivens, Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland
  • Lyndal Gibbs, Group Manager Health Safety & Environment, VicTrack
  • Simon Vaux, Director, Digital Engineering, Transport for NSW
  • Julie Bullas, Executive Director Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR
  • Paul Nheu, Systems Assurance Manager, Digital Systems Program, Transport for NSW
  • Graham Jackson, Director Strategic Projects, Safety, Environment & Regulation, Transport for NSW
  • Jonathan Carroll, Manager Safety, Aurizon
  • Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR
  • Simon Foster, Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR
  • David Bainbridge, General Manager Risk Safety & Environment, Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • Dean Matthews, Executive General Manager, Safety and Environment, V/Line
  • Russell McMullan, General Manager – CRL Assurance and Integration, City Rail Link Project NZ
  • Kieran MacKenzie, CEO, Presien & Innovation Engineer, Laing O’Rourke
  • Dr Tim Kuypers, Principal, Walbrook Partners
  • Steve Jones, A/Deputy Secretary – Safety, Environment & Regulation, Transport for New South Wales

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.

Networking remains a priority and we are delighted to be holding the conference dinner at the Australian National Maritime Museum.


CONFERENCE DINNER – 31 March 2020 | Australian National Maritime Museum

Safety will travel from ship to shore at this year’s Rail Safety dinner at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Starting with a pre-dinner guided gallery and exhibition tour, guests will enjoy the museum’s stunning waterfront location on Sydney Harbour while sharing safety learnings and lessons with colleagues. Engage, discuss and debate about our past and our future.

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.

Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
Sydney New South Wales 2000



Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1995+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (Non-members) $195+GST
Dinner (RISSB Members) $170+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$995+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (Non-members) $195+GST
Dinner (RISSB Members) $170+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1295+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (Non-members) $195+GST
Dinner (RISSB Members) $170+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$695+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (Non-members) $195+GST
Dinner (RISSB Members) $170+GST
* RISSB is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to all young rail professionals aged 35 years or under.

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

31 Mar - 01 Apr 2020

Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney
Aerial UTS Function Centre
Building 10, Level 7,
235 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW, 2007

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