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The secret to becoming a major global player in hydrogen – insights from Dr. Fiona Simon

The secret to fulfilling Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy may lie in deepening our understanding of how different stakeholders make decisions, according to Dr. Fiona Simon, Chief Executive of the Australian Hydrogen Council. While Australia has many of the right ingredients for a future clean hydrogen industry, it still needs to get to scale, and cost-compete…

27 Apr 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Ensuring rail safety controls stand the test of time

Developing consistent and effective safety controls is an increasing challenge for the rail sector, particularly when its backdrop is in a constant state of flux. Commercial and off-the-shelf technologies create ongoing change for railway operators - with each new system forcing them to assess safety in a different light. Moreover, controls implemented today will need…

26 Apr 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

Fostering public confidence in infrastructure investment

Large scale infrastructure projects have always attracted their fair share of scrutiny, but never more so than in recent years. With metropolitan projects now scaling tens of billions of dollars, comes equally sizeable pressure to deliver value for money to the taxpayer. Although public perceptions towards completed projects are usually favourable, early phase announcements are…

1 Apr 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Infrastructure

Leading a $19 billion health infrastructure portfolio – insights from Rebecca Wark at NSW Health

Delivering the second largest infrastructure portfolio in NSW - amid a global pandemic and fast-evolving healthcare delivery landscape - is no easy feat, but it is all in a day’s work for Rebecca Wark, Chief Executive of NSW Health Infrastructure. Over this term of government, NSW Health will progress the development of around 100 health…

1 Apr 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

How to modernise rail safety assurance protocol in a world of tech disruption

In October 2017, four trains running on the Cambrian Coast line in North Wales, United Kingdom, did not receive temporary speed restriction (TSR) information, after an automated signalling system failed. Thankfully, no accident occurred, but one train approached a level crossing at 50 kilometres per hour above the TSR, endangering the lives of road users.…

26 Mar 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

A sustainable heavy haul sector – what to expect in the years ahead

Few industries are bracing for more innovation and disruption than Australia’s Heavy Haul rail sector. In recent years, advances in technology, manufacturing, and systems integration have helped the sector push new limits in terms of axle load and throughput efficiency. In years to come, surging demand and investment will continue to raise the expectations surrounding…

11 Mar 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Legal | Occupational Health & Safety

Mentally healthy workplaces – a necessary reform for our mental health

Australian employers are facing increasing pressure to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Every year on average eight million working days are lost due to mental ill-health, with one in five people (21 percent) taking time off because they feel stressed, anxious or depressed. Stigma and discrimination is also an issue, with 78.1…

10 Mar 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Enhancing the health of people released from prison

It is well documented that rates of physical and mental ill health are elevated among people in prison. Some conditions – including chronic disease, substance dependence, and mental illness - are usually brought into the system, whilst others – particularly blood borne viruses – may be acquired within its precincts. The RACGP estimates, for example,…

10 Mar 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Leadership & Communication | Transport & Logistics

How Speno Rail cultivates its safety culture

When it comes to conversations about rail safety, topics like predictive maintenance, cybersecurity, and software standardisation are rarely short of air time. But according to Mark Green, Managing Director of Speno Rail Maintenance Australia, factors like people engagement, team building, and supportive leadership should carry equal weight in the safety discussion. “It’s all about having…

9 Mar 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Breaking new ground in heavy haul operations – an interview with Kevin Piefer

ARA Heavy Haul Interview questions with Managing Director for Holland Rail Services, Kevin Piefer Q: Kevin, why did Holland LP, a North American based company, decide to branch out to Australia? Is Holland doing business in any other countries? A: Holland is a company that innovates, builds upon its innovations, and then operates what it…

8 Mar 2021, by Informa Insights
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