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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


Dr Natalie Pelham

Chief Executive, ONRSR

Carolyn Walsh

Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC)

Amy Lezala

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

Dr Julia Pitsopoulos

Director, 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

National Rail Safety and H&S Manager - RAIL, 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

Griffin Smith

Key Account Manager, Metro Trains Australia

Neal Roebuck

Program Manager Robotics & Automation, Downer

Phil Lock

Commercial Manager, ARCS Group

Angus Mitchell

Chief Commissioner, ATSB

Ben Fountain

Head of Safety Health & Environment, Aurizon

Genevieve Nix

RISSB Board Member & Chief HSE and Sustainability Officer, Pacific National

Mark Carling

RISSB Board Member & APAC Regional Managing Director, Unipart Rail

Sudha Niles

General Manager, Products & Innovation, RISSB

Tony Braxton-Smith

Board Member, RISSB




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

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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, 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 for more information and to submit your nomination.

Nomination deadline: 29 March 2024

The dinner is now sold out – to join the Priority Waitlist please email

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, or +61 406 530 043.

2024 Event Photos


To view all images across the two day event, view our Flickr album.

Technical Tour


Technical site tour: Pakenham East Depot | Thursday 2 May 2024: 08:00- 14:30

Following the conference, attendees will enjoy a guided tour of Downer’s Pakenham East Depot on 2 May. The 118-hectare site is the largest, most technologically advanced and sustainable train maintenance facility in Australia, and possibly the world. Built by Downer using 90% local content and recognised for sustainable and environmental excellence in 2022, the Pakenham East Depot is where testing and maintenance occurs for Melbourne’s bigger, better High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT).

*Places only available for registered conference delegates, speakers and sponsors. RSVP when booking for the conference.

ConnectMe + Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.

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Streamly • On-Demand video vault

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.

Event Code of Conduct

We want everyone who comes to our events to have a great experience. This code explains our expectations and rules, which includes general good practice behaviour, and how to report anything witnessed or experienced that goes against them. Read our Event Code of Conduct here.


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


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.


Still have a question?

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Sarah Ingram
+61 406 530 043

Speaking Enquiries
Tina Karas
+61 431 442 504

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