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The RTAA has made some gains in this area, particularly in Perth via a networking event. It included working closely with the University of Western Australia’s Young Engineers club to provide an event that would be of interest to engineering students, but also focused on the rail industry. This breakfast event was very successful with rail industry interviewing several of the students for internships and employment post event. The RTAA will look to replicate this across major cities with equivalent University Clubs.

Over and above this, the Business Manager has been in contact with The Rail Manufacturing Corporate Research Centre. They partner with Universities and industry to innovate, research and develop opportunities within rail. They have 30 students that they would like to find rail mentors for, which aligns with our grass roots knowledge strategy. I believe this is an excellent opportunity for the RTAA to promote rail to the next generation.

In NSW the industry has seen a fantastic win with the Launch of the new Advanced Diploma in Rail Track Engineering course by Transport for NSW and Engineers Australia. This new course is set to help build capability in our industry by acting as a stepping stone for those with experience, but no formal qualifications and more importantly as a gateway for those new to the industry. The RTAA fully supports this initiative, with the President Thomas Kerr already volunteering as a mentor.

The RTAA would like to thank the Technical Review panel who with their knowledge, expertise and input ensured we had an excellent array of speakers for the RTAA Technical Stream. An incredible 138 abstracts were submitted for review amongst all the different streams at AusRAIL

The RTAA selected a diverse range of papers and has welcomed the large number of responses from the rail industry to participate this year’s RTAA Stream. Most papers generally centred on this year’s theme “Rail’s digital revolution”. Day 1 in the morning focused on the latest technologies in the analysis and maintenance of railway infrastructure. The afternoon session focused on advances in track maintenance vehicles but also touches on innovations in data capture of network assets. Day 2 in the morning saw a change in gear with notable presentations on the development in asset management and contracting strategies to deliver business efficiency. The afternoon session concluded the stream with an assortment of other high quality presentations from rolling stock standards to innovative Metro viaduct designs.

The RTAA embarked on a bold new project to capture and publish the real-life stories of women in rail – the result is “In Her Words” Stories from women in rail.

We looked at the female experience of working in the rail industry - good, bad and just plain UGLY! The aim was to promote cultural change by raising awareness and sharing ideas about what works and what doesn't.

We are extremely pleased to have launched the “In Her Words”* publication at the Yellow Tie Dinner during AusRAIL PLUS.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Transport for NSW, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains for supporting the publication.

This publication was prepared by Julie Tassone on behalf of the RTAA, thanks to Orla O'Sullivan for the original concept and idea.

*All quotes provided in this publication are anonymous. Images used do not represent survey participants.

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