RISSB’s Rail Safety Conference will return to Sydney in May 2021 as a face-to-face event with virtual attendance options.
Building on the success of our 2020 Rail Safety Conference, the 2021 event will be just as engaging with a 2-day program featuring international and local keynotes, 2 panels of renowned rail industry experts, concurrent streams, workshops, our popular ‘Ask the Regulator’ panel, an exclusive networking event, site visits and much, much more.
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
IAN JEFFERIES, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads
GEORGE BEARFIELD, Health, Safety and Cyber Security Director, Rock Rail (UK)
Suzanne Holden, Deputy Chief Executive, Sydney Trains
SUE MCCARREY, Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
Greg Hood, Chief Commissioner and CEO, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
Dr Natalie Pelham, CEO & Chief Investigator, Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI)
To be joined by industry experts including:
Helen Williams, Executive General Manager Speciality Engineering, SYSTRA Scott Lister
Dr Kate Branford, Senior Human Factors Specialist, Vline Corporation
Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR
Julie Bullas, Executive Director Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR
Simon Foster, Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR
Chadi Chaloub, A/Executive Director, Safety Environment Quality Risk, Sydney Trains
Sandra Wilson-Ryke, HSQE Director, Keolis Downer
Graham Jackson, Director Safety, Safety, Environment & Regulation Division, Transport for NSW
Dr Tim Kuypers, Principal, Walbrook Partners
Andrew Barry, A/Director Safety Delivery Train Crewing, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate
Oliver Lake, ATP Test & Commissioning Engineer Onboard, Network Growth Portfolio, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate
Nathan Hines Human Factors and Fatigue SME, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate
Lam-Thien Vu, Systems Engineer, ARTC & RISSB Horizons Graduate
Catherine Baxter, Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Stephen Lemon, Program Director Network Futures, Transport for NSW
Kenelm Wong, Senior Engineer, Fleet Mechanical Systems, Transport for NSW & RISSB Horizons Graduate
Greg Williams, Director Engineering & Asset Management, Keolis Downer Rail
Christopher Cashman, Head of HSQE, Torrens Connect
Graham Hjort, General Manager – Control Systems, 4Tel
Stacey Vorwerk, Chartered Engineer, Department of Transport, Victoria
Tim Procter, Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting
Julia Gibney, Consultant, JVAT
Tony Repaci, Account Director – Rail and Industrial Sectors, GS1 Australia
Klaus Clemens, Consultant, RMAus
Sue Rose, Senior Requirements Engineer, Next Generation Tram, Department of Transport, Victoria & RISSB Horizons Graduate
Chris Cashman, Head of HSQE
CALL FOR PAPERS: Presenters will be notified of acceptance in the week beginning Monday, 15 March 2021.
Networking Drinks – 11 May 2021
The Networking Drinks will provide delegates, speakers and guests the opportunity to continue the day’s discussion, share learnings and network in a relaxed, convivial setting. This function is currently available for sponsorship – please email Sarah Ingram for more information about this hosting opportunity.
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.
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.
Excellent 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.
SQE Director, Keolis Downer
President and CEO, AAR (USA)
Executive General Manager Speciality Engineering, SYSTRA Scott Lister
Executive General Manager, Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail
Project Director – Safe Work Improvement Program, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Director Health, Safety and Environment, Inland Rail
Deputy Chief Executive, Sydney Trains
A/Executive Director, Safety Environment Quality Risk, Sydney Trains
Dr Kate Branford
Senior Human Factors Specialist, Vline Corporation
A/Director Safety Delivery Train Crewing, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate
ATP Test & Commissioning Engineer Onboard, Network Growth Portfolio, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate
General Manager, Innovation & Major Projects, RISSB
Standards Development Manager Train Control & Operations, RISSB
Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting
Chartered Engineer, Department of Transport, Victoria
Senior Engineer, Fleet Mechanical Systems, Transport for NSW & RISSB Horizons Graduate
Associate Professor Anjum Naweed
Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Program Director Network Futures, Transport for NSW
Dr Christina Kirsch
Human Factors Specialist, Sydney Trains
Senior Manager in Learning & Development, Transport for NSW
Executive Leader, Facilitated Reform, National Transport Commission (NTC)
Human Factors and Fatigue SME, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate
Senior Requirements Engineer, Next Generation Tram, Department of Transport, Victoria & RISSB Horizons Graduate
General Manager, Rail Programs, RISSB
Standards Development Manager Infrastructure, RISSB
Prof Drew Dawson
Director Research Development, CQ University
Account Director - Rail and Industrial Sectors, GS1 Australia
Dr Michael Walker
Director, Transport Safety, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
Director Engineering & Asset Management, Keolis Downer Rail
Principal Human Factors Specialist, RSSB (UK)
Director of Health, Safety and Cyber Security, Rock Rail Holdings (UK)
Director Safety, Safety, Environment & Regulation Division, Transport for NSW
Chief Commissioner, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
Dr Natalie Pelham
CEO & Chief Investigator, Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI)
Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
Dr Tim Kuypers
Principal, Walbrook Partners
Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR
Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR
Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR
Systems Engineer, ARTC & RISSB Horizons Graduate
Regulatory Data Analyst, ONRSR & RISSB Horizons Graduate
Safety and Risk Systems Manager, RISSB
Head of HSQE, Torrens Connect
Managing Director, SystemiQ
General Manager – Control Systems, 4Tel
Project Manager (Program) SWIP, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Project Manager (Solution Delivery) SWIP, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Program Director, Digital Engineering, KiwiRail
Dr Kieran MacKenzie
Graduate Structural Engineer, Arcadis
Director Security, TfNSW
Principal Human Factors Consultant, Ergonomie
TECHNICAL SITE VISITS | 12 May 2021
Delegates will have the option to tailor knowledge with the selection of three concurrent technical site visits. The site tours are included in your registration but as places are limited, you will need to reserve your place when booking your conference attendance.
Metro Trains Sydney – Maintenance Facility and Control Room
Total time: 12:00 – 4:00pm
Time onsite: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Sydney Metro delivers a new generation of fast, safe and reliable train services and attendees will have the opportunity for a guided visit the Metro maintenance facility and view the control room at Tallawong.
- FULL PPE is required to access the depot
- Attendees must have Safety Boots, Vest, Hard Hat or Bump Cap, Long sleeve shirt and Goggles.
- Attendees to maintain 1.5 metres social distancing at all times
- Mandatory masks while travelling on and around public transport and within the OCC Waterloo viewing room.
Tour size capacity: 20
UTS Data Arena
Total time: 2:30 – 4:30pm
Time onsite: 3:00 – 4:00pm
The UTS Data Arena is a powerful immersive facility that can help researchers, business and government simplify complex information. Users in the arena can surround themselves in data to observe, explore, refine, improve, discover and learn.
PPE Requirements: Closed shoes
Tour size capacity: 8
This tour is at capacity
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.
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Health & Safety
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CONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS
12 May 2021 | 14.30–16.00
Delivering Effective Solutions to Contractor Management
Contractors are an essential part of our industry and they have shared responsibilities with Rail Transport Operators under section 50(1)(c) of the Rail Safety National Law. Even so, it is often reported that the relationship between Contractors and RTOs can be suboptimal, indeed Contractor Management is one of ONRSR’s four national priorities. But RTOs and Contractors describe the problem differently which makes it difficult to solve.
This workshop will seek to explore issues and come up with a problem definition so that future work can be more focussed and deliver more effective solutions.
Facilitator: Jesse Baker, General Manager, Innovation & Major Projects, RISSB
Delivering Effective Solutions to Minimising Environmental Impacts of Rail
Over past years we have recognised the impact of rail on the surrounding environment and, as an industry, have been making progress in minimising these impacts. As good corporate citizens we need to maintain our focus on building a more environmentally friendly and sustainable industry for the railway of the future.
Recently, RISSB led two industry eco-friendly initiatives: wheel squeal reduction and the minimisation of horn noise. The material produced from these initiatives provided guidance to industry on how to minimise the impacts of noise on the surrounding environment. These are just two issues and there are more we could seek to solve.
This workshop will discuss both of the aforementioned initiatives and provide you with an opportunity to speak with industry members and the RISSB representatives who led the development of each paper.
We will also seek to explore other environmental impact issues within our industry and identify the contributors so that future work can be focussed on the delivery of effective solutions.
Facilitator: Mike Aviet, General Manager, Product Delivery, RISSB
when & where
11 - 12 May 2021
68 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000
+ 61 (2) 9238 8888
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