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RISSB Rail Safety Conference

Safety Climate and Climate Safety

3-4 May 2022 | Collins Square, Melbourne

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The RISSB Rail Safety conference returns to Melbourne in May 2022 as a face-to-face event with virtual attendance options.

As the world recovers from COVID, the demand to rebuild our people and assets in a resilient and sustainable way has never been more important. Following the recent announcements at COP26, almost 90% of the world’s greenhouse emissions are coming from countries with a pledge to net zero. This is important to the whole rail industry as the safety impacts become more frequent due to climate change.

Rail has a central role to play on this journey and reflecting this, RISSB Rail Safety 2022 will address the theme ‘Safety Climate and Climate Safety’. Protecting our people and assets has never been more important and as organisations bring people and climate change to the core of every decision, now is the time to act.

The rail industry has traditionally used engineering, technology and the power of its people to champion change. Join us as we address rail’s journey to decarbonisation and the safety impacts of green energy, supply chain transformation and risk management.

Building on the success of our 2021 Rail Safety Conference, the 2022 event will be just as engaging with a 2-day program featuring keynotes, industry panels including our popular ‘Ask the Regulator’ panel, an exclusive conference dinner, site visits and much, much more.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Safety culture
  • Mental health and resilience
  • Learnings from COVID
  • Sustainability
  • Climate change
  • Safety and sustainability as risk management
  • The role of people: our workforce, customers, and communities
  • Technology and innovation


Deborah Spring

Chair, RISSB

Angus Mitchell

Chief Commissioner & CEO, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

Wendy McMillan

Senior Regional Vice President, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Wabtec Corporation

Dr Stuart Hillmansen

Associate Professor in Railway Traction Systems and Head of the Traction Research Group, School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Birmingham

Nick Millington

Director, Safety Task Force, Network Rail, United Kingdom

Andrew Kluth

Adviser to the rail freight industry on decarbonisation, UK

Yvette Mihelic

Director Customer Experience Rail and Transport, John Holland

Gemma Read

Associate Professor in Human Factors, University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Shelley Stiles

Partner Director, Gateway Consultants (HSW)

Dr Garry Marling

CEO, Culture Radar

Andy Petrie

Director Systems Engineering & Safety Assurance, ARCH Artifex

Steven Perlen

Chief Executive Officer, Sleepfit Solutions

Dr Natalie Pelham

CEO & Chief Investigator, Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI)

JinHo Lee

Investigator, MOLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport), Republic of Korea

Andrew Roseman

Director/Civil Engineer, Phoenix AG Australia

Darcy Wall

Consultant, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, Aurecon Australasia

Gemma Main

Senior Consultant – Systems Safety Assurance, Systra Scott Lister

Sue McCarrey

Chief Executive, ONRSR

Michael Charlesworth

HSEQ Manager, Speno Rail Maintenance Australia Pty Ltd

Peter Doggett

Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

Julie Bullas

Executive Director Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR

Simon Foster

Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR

Stephen Wessling

Train Control Trainer, Queensland Rail

Cris Fitzhardinge

Standards Development Manager, RISSB

David Shaw

Senior Consultant, Taylor Airey

Stephen Jones

Director Heath, Safety & Environment, Inland Rail Australian Rail Track Corporation

Georgia Gosse

Principal & Qld Infrastructure Advisory Lead, Aurecon

Jessica Sharpe

Head of Security, Keolis Downer, Proud Operator of Yarra Trams

Dr Tim Kuypers

Principal, Walbrook Partners

Graham Jackson

General Manager, Strategy & Stakeholder Relations, RISSB, New South Wales Office

Nicki Milionis

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Catherine Peppler

Head of Safety, Health and Environment, Aurizon

Warren Wellbeloved

General Manager Rail Iron Ore, BHP

Jody Finsen

Sustainability Manager, Inland Rail, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)

Caitlin Golder

Environment and sustainability Advisor for Rail, Downer

Michael Holt

Engineering Assurance Manager, Ricardo Rail

Adam Runham

Senior Manager Assurance and Investigations and Robbie Filliponi, Manager Rail Accreditation, Queensland Rail

Deanna McMaster

Partner, MinterEllison




Conference Dinner

3 May 2022

In keeping with the Safety Climate and Climate Safety conference theme, we’re holding our first conference dinner in two years “under the sea.” We’re thrilled to announce that our conference dinner venue is SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium where guests will be able to get up close to an enchanting underwater world full of stingrays, sharks and thousands of multi-coloured fish.

Starting with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm, the conference dinner provides you with the perfect opportunity to continue networking and connecting with peers in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Exclusive to conference speakers, attendees and sponsors, the dinner is always a highlight of Rail Safety.

Dinner is now at capacity

Site visit

Metro Tunnel HQ

Delegates to the RISSB Rail Safety Conference will have the opportunity to walk through the award-winning and interactive information centre to find out about some of Victoria’s biggest ever public transport projects.

The visit starts at 4pm and finish at 4.45pm. Metro Tunnel HQ is located at 125-133 Swanston Street, across the road from the Melbourne Town Hall.

As numbers are limited, please make sure you register your interest when booking for the conference by emailing

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The 2022 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.

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The role of safety in delivering New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project
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Asset leasing in rail – what are the safety concerns?
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Mixed signals: SPAD-risk management and mitigation from the Network Controller perspective
The term ‘SPAD’ (signal passed at danger) is often considered the ‘Voldemort’ of the rail industry. It represents one of the sector’s most ominous safety concerns, given the potential for high consequence accidents, loss of life, and severe reputational damage to the offending organisation. SPAD violations have been attributed to… Read more >>


Rail Safety 2021 | Day One & Two



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when & where

03 - 04 May 2022

Collins Square, Melbourne
727 Collins St,
Docklands VIC 3008
(03) 9252 7600


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General Information & Registration
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+61 2 9080 4307

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Sarah Ingram
+61 406 530 043


Speaking Enquiries
Diana Lauzi
+61 2 9080 4313


Marketing & Media Enquiries
Paul O’Connor
+61 2 9080 4336

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