Returning as a face-to-face event in 2021, the revered RISSB Rail Safety Conference will take place on the 11-12 May in Sydney.
Rail Safety 2021 will showcase the industry’s range and depth of capabilities by continuing to develop many of the learnings and new features from our 2020 virtual conference including the offering of interdisciplinary and interactive formats, concurrent streams and site tours. As part of this continued 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
Amidst all that was this year, 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.
Access the thought-provoking sessions and hear from leading experts while you network with speakers, delegates and event partners. We are excited to be moving back to face-to-face events in 2021 and will continue to offer digital experiences for networking and extended learning.
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.
xcellent 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.
PAST FEATURED SESSIONS Included:
International Keynote | Safely Moving People, Goods and the Economy
Marc Brazeau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Railway Association of Canada (RAC)
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE| Safety to the Limit
Allan Spence, Director of Regulator Liaison, Network Rail
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)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Railway Association of Canada (RAC)
General Manager, Innovation & Major Projects, RISSB
Independent Director, RISSB
Rail Safety Manager, Sydney Metro
Principal, DVH Project Management
Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC)
Executive General Manager – Inland Rail Integration, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Group Executive Corporate Services & Safety, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Executive General Manager, Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail
Project Director – Safe Work Improvement Program, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR
Assurance & Improvement Manager Country Regional Network, John Holland
Manager Continuous Improvement | Zero Harm, Metro Trains Melbourne
Executive General Manager - Safety and Environment, V/Line
Project Manager, ACRI
Group Manager, Signals Track & Power & Group Manager, Innovation Technology, VicTrack
General Manager Risk, Metro Trains Melbourne
Executive Director, TrackSAFE Foundation
General Manager, Rail Programs, RISSB
General Manager, Operations & Maintenance, Canberra Metro Operations (CMET)
Systems Assurance Manager, Digital Systems Program, Transport for NSW
Research Fellow, Victoria institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University
Love Learning Solutions
Senior Manager Rail Safety & Accreditation, Queensland Rail
CEO, Innovation Engineer, Laing O’Rourke
Associate Professor Anjum Naweed
Chief Operating Officer, Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Lead Investigator - Rail Safety, Transdev Auckland Andy Strivens, Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland
Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland
Dr Gemma Read
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast
Dr Mike Walker
Director, Transport Safety, Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Senior Investigator and ICC, Statens Haverikommission, SHK, Swedish Accident
Group Manager Health Safety & Environment, VicTrack
Standards Development Manager, RISSB
Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR
General Manager – Policy, Research & Advocacy, Australasian Railway Association
Director, GS1 Australia
Executive Lead – Smart Transport, Strategic Growth, Telstra Enterprise Sales
Director of Regulator Liaison, Network Rail
Director, Safety, Transport for NSW
Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
Dr Tim Kuypers
Principal, Walbrook Partners
Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR
Prof Anson Jack
Professor of International Railway Benchmarking, International Director, Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education, University of Birmingham
Business Improvement Officer, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Dr Neil Robinson
Consultant and Director, RGB Assurance
Director, Abbott Risk Consulting
Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting
General Manager (Acting) – Operations and Assets, City Rail Link Project
Chief Engineer – Rail, Department of Transport
Director of Transport, NSW & QLD, KBR
Rail Safety & Compliance Manager, Laing O’Rourke
Manager, Maintenance Delivery, John Holland CRN
Safety Consultant, ContractorSAFE
Director, Holistic Systems and Assurance
General Manager Train Service Delivery, Queensland Rail
General Manager – Safety Risk and Assurance, V/Line
Captain David Evans
Check and Training Captain Airbus A380, QANTAS
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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