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RISSB Rail Safety Conference

Enhancing Safety through Collaboration
04 – 05 Apr 2017 | Pullman Brisbane King George Square

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RISSB Member Rate available - See pricing details & eligibility below


The central theme of the RISSB Rail Safety 2016 conference was – “One Regulator. One Vision. One Industry.” – and we enjoyed two days of discussion and knowledge share in Adelaide in April on how to make this possible.

Moving forward on the foundations built at Rail Safety 2016, we look towards a central theme examining ‘Enhancing Safety through Collaboration’ for 2017.

Attendees will hear case studies and best practice insights from industry experts and safety professionals from across the Australia and internationally to ensure knowledge sharing, best practice insights and take away solutions are the prime focus of the 2 day conference.

For rail safety in Australia to move forward we need to continue to collaborate to ensure a safer industry for all.

The 2 day program will cover:

  • Industry safety updates including insights from ONRSR, the ARA, TrackSAFE Foundation, ACRI and RISSB
  • Case Studies from Metro Trains Melbourne, TasRAIL and Sydney Trains on implementation of their safety strategies
  • An insight into benchmarking safety performance in light rail from GoldlinQ
  • ‘Ask the Regulator’ Panel will return again for 2017 to give attendees the opportunity to engage directly with the executive team from ONRSR on how the industry is ‘Enhancing Safety through Collaboration’
  • Incident investigation will also form a large part of the program as we hear from ATSB, NZTA and the University of the Sunshine Coast on recent investigations and determining what a good incident investigation might look like


Rail Safety Site Tour: Wulkuraka Maintenance Depot

4 April 2017, 09:00 – 12:00 (times include bus transfer from and to the conference venue) 

Attendees will visit Bombardier’s state-of-the-art $190 million facility at Wulkuraka, which is responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Queensland New Generation Rollingstock (QNGR) fleet. Officially opened in February 2016, this purpose-built maintenance centre at Wulkuraka, west of Ipswich, includes specialist equipment to enable Bombardier to maintain the 75 new trains. Facilities include: wheel lathe and train lifting jacks, fully pitted roads, train cleaning and decanting facilities and an automated visual inspection system.

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The pre-conference site tour will run from 08:00 – 12:00 inclusive of transfer time from and to the conference venue on the morning of the Tuesday 4 April 2017.

The site tour has reached capacity but please indicate if you would like to be added to the waitlist when you register.

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RISSB Annual Rail Safety Dinner – Hillstone St Lucia

RISSBs annual Rail Safety Dinner will take place at Hillstone St Lucia from 19:00 on the evening of the 4th April 2017. Your dinner ticket is included in the price of your registration. Additional single seats or tables of ten can be booked through the registration page on the conference website.

Hillstone St Lucia is a premier award winning venue located 15 minutes from Brisbane CBD. Bus transfers to and from the dinner venue will be provided. Buses will depart from outside the Pullman King George Square at 18:45 sharp.

Hillstone St Lucia – St Lucia Golf Links, Carawa Street, St Lucia, Qld 4067

Additional dinner tickets are available. See ‘Pricing’ section for further details.


Deborah Spring

Chair, RISSB

Sue McCarrey

Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)

Todd Bentley

Director - Safety, Environment and Risk, Metro Trains Melbourne

Phil Allan

Chief Operating Officer, Australasian Railway Association

Darren Quinlivan

Manager, Strategy & Risk | Safety, Environment & Risk, Metro Trains Melbourne

Naomi Frauenfelder

Executive Director, TrackSAFE Foundation

Dane Newton

Manager - Risk, ONRSR

Russ Evans

National Rules Manager, RISSB

Steve Jones

Executive Director, Safety, Sustainability and Environment, Sydney Metro, Transport for New South Wales

Paul Daly

CEO, Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB)

Ravi Ravitharan

Director, Institute of Railway Technology

Ian Chapman

Executive Manager - Safety, Health, Environment & Corporate Risk, TasRail

Bill Greer

Manager Infrastructure Safety, Divisional Safety Manager – Infrastructure, Metro Trains Melbourne

Vishal Singh

Project Manager, Rail Corridor Safety, Sydney Trains

Karlie Southwood

Rail Safety Director, GoldlinQ

John Anderson AO

Chair, Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI)

Candice Augur

Principal Consultant, SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit

Greg Newman

Principal Consultant, SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit

Peter Doggett

Executive Director, National Operations, ONRSR

Simon Foster

Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR

Julie Bullas

Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR

Tony Simes

Manager, Rail Safety Investigations, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

Justin Vincent

Senior Rail Safety Officer, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)

Gemma Read

Research Fellow, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast

Richard Adams

Manager Safety and Risk Assurance, Asset Standards Authority, Transport for NSW

when & where

04 - 05 Apr 2017

Pullman Brisbane King George Square
Corner Ann and Roma Streets
Brisbane City QLD 4000
07 3229 9111

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


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Niamh Horan
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4316

Samantha Lister
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4432

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