Thanks again to everyone who made RISSB’s Rail Safety Conference 2021 such a success.
Themed ‘New ideas, new perspectives and new directions’, the conference brought together over 180 attendees, both in-person at the Swissotel Sydney and online in a new virtual conference environment, representing government, regulators, operators, network managers, safety leaders, and suppliers from right across Australia and overseas.
The 2-day program featured international and local keynotes, 2 panels of renowned rail industry experts, concurrent streams, workshops, our popular ‘Ask the Regulator’ panel, an exclusive networking event, three site visits and much, much more. With safety innovation, safety harmonisation and interoperability, fatigue, asset management, safety culture and track worker safety all on the agenda there was plenty of ground to cover.
More than fifty speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines shared their heartfelt leadership stories, hard won lessons learned, and strategies on how to achieve positive outcomes in an industry that has traditionally been slow to change.
The conference theme ‘New ideas, new perspectives and new directions’ reflected not only a 21st anniversary coming of age for the conference, but also the need for the rail industry to respond to unprecedented and rapid changes, including the challenges of a post pandemic world. A special thanks to speakers who stepped up to the challenge of speaking authentically and engaging in difficult conversations rather than reading from a safe playbook.
Conference Highlights included:
- Australia’s leading authorities on rail safety launched a report on world standard safety technology that can be used to protect track safety workers. The six month global investigation included a detailed literature review informed by technical and global experts and international case studies to identify new and emerging track worker safety technology. You can download a copy of the report here.
- The launch of RISSB’s dedicated resources hub, Grand Central, developed for RISSB members and industry. Come here if you would like to participate in online discussions, read the latest rail news, access our webinar and podcast library, and find some useful information on a host of topics including SPADS. Visit Grand Central by going to www.rissb.com.au/grandcentral/
- A defining international keynote delivered by the American Association of Railroads’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Ian Jefferies, who gave a predominantly Australian audience an update on the USA’s enhanced safety results, drive for increased sustainability initiatives, and domestic policy goals.
- Our Ask the Regulator panel discussion which unsurprisingly refocused attention on track worker safety.
- Dr Natalie Pelham who discussed her new role as CEO and Chief Investigator at OTSI and Greg Hood, Chief Commissioner and CEO of ATSB, who talked not only about his career but briefly talked about a soon to be released Wallan report.
- Insights from other industries – Suzanne Holden and Chadi Chalhoub’s career defining moments and how they applied their learnings from aviation to the rail industry.
After the considerable challenges of staging events during COVID, a special thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s conference the fruitful event that it was, including all 2021 conference speakers and conference delegates who turned up online and in-person and dug deep and pushed boundaries with their questions.
A big thank you also to our sponsors and exhibitors 4Tel and 7DX for supporting the event and enhancing our knowledge of of AI, VR and AR.
Video on Demand Now Available
All physical and virtual attendees are now able to access the approved presentations and enjoy the event’s Video-On-Demand playback. To watch/access the on-demand recordings, access the app (desktop only as it won’t show on mobile), go to Interactive Sessions. Select the agenda and skip to your session.
EVENT IMAGES Rail Safety 2021 | Day One & Two
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.
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
(This tour is at capacity)
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
Central Station Metro – New Platforms
(This tour is at capacity)
Total time: 2:30 – 4:30pm
Time onsite: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Delegates will have the opportunity to visit the works underway as part of the Central Station Metro $955 million contract awarded to Laing O’Rourke to deliver the new Sydney Metro platforms under Central Station as well as the landmark Central Walk – a new underground pedestrian concourse to help customers get around Sydney’s busiest railway station.
PPE Requirements: All attendees will need to bring their own PPE
- Lace up, steel cap boots
- Long sleeves
- Long pants
- Hard hat
- High vis (orange) vests
Tour size capacity: 12
UTS Data Arena
(This tour is at capacity)
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
The health and safety of our speakers, attendees and guests is our top priority.
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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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