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RISSB Rail Safety Conference

Australia’s Co-Regulatory Model: Don’t Throw out the Baby with the Bathwater

30 April – 1 May 2024 | Grand Hyatt Melbourne

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Australia’s Co-Regulatory Model: Don’t Throw out the Baby with the Bathwater

With $155 billion in rail infrastructure investment planned over the next 15 years, prioritizing safety is vital for Australian productivity and sustainability. Our co-regulatory environment has paved the way for improving efficiency and advancing optimization. Yet, as the rail industry experiences an unprecedented pace of transformation encompassing digitalization, interoperability, and decarbonization, it is imperative to sound the alarm: Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Bringing together operators, manufacturers, contractors and government stakeholders, RISSB Rail Safety 2024 will delve into the latest advances in technology and innovation to share case studies and project updates from successful rail safety projects in Australasia and the world.

Save the date in your calendars now for our gathering in April 2024. Join us at the only rail safety conference in Australia, where you can leverage the collective insights of our esteemed industry experts.

Key themes to be addressed include:

  • Australia’s rail safety regulatory environment
    • What role does regulation play in your planning and operations? Does co-regulation help or hinder interoperability and harmonization?
    • Experiences and learnings from the current regulatory environment
  • Lessons learnt from best practices in safety leadership
    • Share how you are driving continuous improvements for a safe, efficient and digitally enabled future
    • Collaboration in project management and contractor safety
  • Practical solutions from the latest innovation and technology
    • Discuss your research, advances, trials and learnings for a safer, smarter rail future
    • Evidence of co-regulation in facilitating innovation

Speakers

Dr Natalie Pelham

Chief Executive, ONRSR

Carolyn Walsh

Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC)

Amy Lezala Zahr

Chief Engineer – Rail Network Design & Integration, Department of Transport and Planning Victoria

Dr Julia Pitsopoulos

Human Factors Risk Management (HFRM)

Dr Christian Christodoulou

Director Engineering, Transport for NSW

Nick Mountford

Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, Downer

Senator the Hon Carol Brown

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Federal Government

Russell McMullan

GM Assurance and Integration, City Rail Link New Zealand

James McMillan

Chief Safety Officer, Keolis Downer Yarra Trams

Kevin Morrison

Head of Infrastructure Safety, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM)

Paul Bennett

Senior Technology Leader, National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO)

Peter Doggett

Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

Kirsty Baxter

Director HSEQ – Rail Division, McConell Dowell

Jessica Tiwade

General Manager - People, Governance & Risk, Arc Infrastructure

Brad Moorhouse

Group Executive Engineering & Systems, ARTC

Melanie Mackie

Head of Operations Standards, ARTC

Crispian Fitzhardinge

Operational Readiness Specialist – Rail | Sustaining Capital, Rio Tinto

Tristan Lynn

Manager, Health Safety Environment & Communities, Rio Tinto

Associate Professor Gemma Read

Co-Director, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast

Dylan Hoskin

Operational Systems Engineer, Aurizon

Emmanuel Cindric

Operational Systems Engineer, Aurizon

Dr Sara Pazell

Principal Work Design Strategist, ViVA health at work

Chris Van Berendonck

Chief Engineer, Queensland Rail

Damien White

Chief Executive Officer, RISSB

Amy Davis

Senior Legal Counsel, ONRSR

Chau Fat Chan

Assistant Director / Railways, EMSD HKSAR Government

Rebecca Blewitt

Senior Manager – Marketing & Communications, Downer Rail & Transit Systems

Brendan Poile

General Manager – National Zero Harm, Downer Rail & Transit Systems

Jason Zhou

Technology Strategy Engineer, Downer

David Presley

Director, Agonics

Agenda

8:55 am

Safety briefing

9:00 am

Welcome to Country

9:10 am

OPENING | Chair & RISSB Welcome

Damien White, Chief Executive Officer, RISSB

OPENING KEYNOTES

9:15 am

Regulator’s update

Dr Natalie Pelham, Chief Executive, ONRSR

9:45 am

Leading change to regulatory efficiency

Carolyn Walsh, Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC)

10:15 am

RISSB Address

Damien White, Chief Executive Officer, RISSB

10:30 am

Morning tea and networking break

THEME 1: CO-REGULATION

11:00 am

SAFETY LEADERS’ PANEL | WH&S Law Vs Rail Safety Law

Facilitator: Dr Tim Kuypers, Principal, Walbrook Partners

Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

Kirsty Baxter, Director HSEQ – Rail Division, McConell Dowell

Catherine Bowler, General Manager Safety Risk, Systems and Assurance, ARTC (invited)

Jessica Tiwade, General Manager - People, Governance & Risk, Arc Infrastructure

11:40 am

Safety through interoperability and harmonisation

Brad Moorhouse, Group Executive Engineering & Systems, ARTC

12:00 pm

Prosecuting in the current rail regulatory environment

Amy Davis, Senior Legal Counsel, ONRSR

12:20 pm

Mock Trial | Part 1: Introduction to incident, investigation and trial

12:40 pm

Lunch and networking break

THEME 2: RAIL SAFETY

1:40 pm

Embedding safety in the delivery of whole-of-life asset management

Nick Mountford, Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, Downer

2:00 pm

Integrating differential GPS devices into application-based work on track authority systems to improve rail worker location assurance

Dylan Hoskin, Operational Systems Engineer, Aurizon

Emmanuel Cindric, Operational Systems Engineer, Aurizon

2:20 pm

A new approach to track protection

Kevin Morrison, Head of Infrastructure Safety, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM)

Dr Julia Pitsopoulos, Human Factors Risk Management (HFRM)

2:40 pm

Business as usual: Is it safe or are we missing the obvious?

Crispian Fitzhardinge, Operational Readiness Specialist – Rail | Sustaining Capital, Rio Tinto

3:00 pm

Afternoon networking break

THEME 3: RAIL SAFETY CASE STUDIES

3:30 pm

City Rail Link Case study

Russell McMullan, GM Assurance and Integration, City Rail Link New Zealand

3:50 pm

Ten years of continuous improvement: Halving serious safety incidents since 2013

James McMillan, Chief Safety Officer, Keolis Downer Yarra Trams

4:10 pm

Finding better ways to protect team members

Tristan Lynn, Manager, Health Safety Environment & Communities, Rio Tinto

4:30 pm

Mock Trial | Part II: The Investigation

5:20 pm

Summary and End of Conference Day One

6:30 pm

Pre-dinner drinks

7:00 pm

CONFERENCE DINNER | RISSB RAIL SAFETY AWARDS 2024

9:00 am

Safety briefing & welcome

THEME 4: LEVEL CROSSING SAFETY

9:10 am

ATSB Case study: Level crossing collision between passenger train and road vehicle, Wynnum West, Queensland on 26 February 2021 (final report)

Senior Investigator, ATSB,

9:30 am

A systems thinking analysis of fatal rail level crossing collisions: What can we learn?

Associate Professor Gemma Read, Co-Director, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast

9:50 am

Augmented level crossing warning system trials

Paul Bennett, Senior Technology Leader, National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO)

Phil Lock, Commercial Manager, ARCS Group

10:10 am

Morning Tea and Networking

KEYNOTE

10:50 am

The Federal Government’s priorities for national rail safety regulation, collaboration and innovation Senator the Hon Carol Brown, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

THEME 5: HUMAN FACTORS

11:20 am

Mastering the equation: Balancing technology adoption with human readiness

Dr Sara Pazell, Principal Work Design Strategist, ViVA health at work

11:40 am

Driving employee behaviour to positively impact safety

Rebecca Blewitt, Senior Manager – Marketing & Communications, Downer Rail & Transit Systems

Brendan Poile, General Manager – National Zero Harm, Downer Rail & Transit Systems

12:00 pm

Lunch and Networking Break

1:00 pm

CHIEF ENGINEERS’ PANEL | Network resilience - the climate challenge

Amy Lezala Zahr, Chief Engineer – Rail Network Design & Integration, Department of Transport and Planning Victoria

Dr Christian Christodoulou, Director Engineering, Transport for NSW

Chris Van Berendonck, Chief Engineer, Queensland Rail

Melanie Mackie, Head of Operations Standards, ARTC

1:40 pm

Mock Trial | Part III: Legal arguments and the final verdict

2:10 pm

Afternoon tea and networking break

THEME 6: INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

2:50 pm

Universal AI interacted automated scenario tester

Chau Fat Chan, Assistant Director / Railways, EMSD HKSAR Government

3:10 pm

Steering transformation: The role of AI and large language models in systems engineering and safety assurance within the railway industry

Daniel Munoz Zambrano, Principal Consultant - Systems Engineering, Acmena

Wilson Law, Electrical Engineering Student and Intern, Acmena Group

3:30 pm

Data-driven safety: Pioneering rail operations with enhanced analytics

Jason Zhou, Technology Strategy Engineer, Downer

3:50 pm

Line of sight assessment using a digital workflow

David Presley, Director, Agonics

4:10 pm

Closing remarks – End of conference

Sponsors

exhibitors

Partners

Pricing

Packages Price
Two Day Conference$2695$2295+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Two day conference - Young Rail Professionals$1695$1295+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass$1595$1295+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass - Young Rail Professionals$895$595+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Extras Price
Dinner $275+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2750+GST
Streamly Access Pass $150+GST
Packages Price
Two Day Conference$2156$1836+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Two day conference - Young Rail Professionals$1356$1036+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass$1276$1036+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass - Young Rail Professionals$716$476+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Extras Price
Dinner - RISSB Member $220+GST
Dinner Table of 10 - RISSB Member $2200+GST
Streamly Access Pass $150+GST

Early bird rate expires 8 March 2024

Young Professionals rate (Under 35)*

Informa and RISSB are delighted to offer reduced registration fees to young rail professionals, aged 35 years old and under on 30 April 2024, to attend this year’s conference.

Note: To be eligible for this rate, please provide your date of birth in the comments section under ‘Complete Delete Details’. You will also be required to provide ID on the day of the event.

RISSB Rail Safety Awards Dinner

2024 RISSB Rail Safety Awards Dinner: 30 April 2024 | Luminare Rooftop Melbourne
18:30 Pre-dinner drinks
19:00 Conference dinner and Rail Safety 2024 Awards Ceremony

Stunning by day and sleek by night, experience the shine of the 2024 RISSB Rail Safety Awards Dinner celebrations at the Luminare Rooftop! Join us in celebrating industry’s safety achievements and relaxing with peers and colleagues after the first day of conference proceedings.

Separately bookable, the Awards Dinner is open exclusively to speakers, sponsors, award finalists and conference attendees. With the heartbeat of the city pulsing below us, and the excitement and anticipation of the Award announcements around us, everyone will feel on top of the world at this year’s dinner!

To sponsor the Awards Dinner contact Sarah Ingram, Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales Manager, Sarah.Ingram@informa.com or +61 406 530 043.

Award categories include:

  • Safety Leadership Program
  • Frontline Worker Safety Initiative
  • Community Safety
  • Emerging Leader
  • Industry Safety Professional of the Year

Visit www.rissb.com.au/rissb-rail-safety-awards for more information and to submit your nomination.

Nomination deadline: 29 March 2024

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The 2024 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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Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related transport events*. Login information will be sent post event. For more information visit our Streamly page.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.

Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

30 Apr - 01 May 2024

Grand Hyatt Melbourne
123 Collins St,
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9657 1234


SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION RATE

Secure your accommodation at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne with a $50 discount* off the best available flexible rate.

To book this rate, click here and enter EVENT in Special Offer Code, or call call 13 1234 (provide offer code EVENT).

* Rooms and rates are subject to availability at the time of booking, we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.

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Still have a question?

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Sarah Ingram
+61 406 530 043
Sarah.Ingram@informa.com

Speaking Enquiries
Tina Karas
+61 431 442 504
Tina.Karas@informa.com.au

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