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David Bainbridge, immediate past persident was presented with a Life Member Award for his contribution to the RTAA.

David served 7 years as President of the RTAA, from 2010 until 2017 and remains on the committee today.  During those 7 years, RTAA turned 40, published a  commemorative anniversary publication and Women in Rail Publication.  David was also involved in 4 Field Days, countless events held around the country and assisted with the constitution rewrite, launched a new website as well as launching the Australasian Rail Diversity Award.  

Congratulations David.


On the 3rd & 4th April 2019 the RTAA together with event host Sydney Trains held the 8th RTAA Rail Industry Field Day.

The event was a resounding success with the weather holding out and numbers were in full force, with over 2000 people attending during the two-day event.  It was also great to see a steady stream of students of varying ages who were keen to hear about the opportunities available within the rail industry.

The event commenced with an official ceremony by Howard Collins OBE, Chief Executive from Sydney Trains, Elizabeth Mildwater, Deputy Secretary, Customer Technology and Services, Transport for NW and Thomas Kerr, President of the RTAA.  Our Welcome to Country Stuart McMinn from the Dharug and Wakka Wakka Nations delighted the attendees with a fantastic welcome to country including a song.

Photos of the 2 day event can be viewed here.

On Wednesday, 3rd April 2019, the winners of the 2018 Australasian Diversity in Rail Award winners were announced.

Level Crossing Removal Authority was awarded with the 2018 Diversity in Rail Award and Alium Works received a Highly Commended.

The RTAA is proud to recognise the outstanding achievements of members in the promotion of diversity and workplace inclusion through the establishment of the Australasian Rail Diversity Award.

The award represents our response to the chronic skills shortage that continues to affect the Australian rail community, and is also reflected in our strategic priorities. We know that creating a diverse and inclusive workforce is one way to redress this issue. Added to this, diverse workforces have been proven to increase business outcomes.

Congratulations to both Level Crossing Removal Authority & Alium Works for the work you are doing to create a diverse workforce.

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Bradley Giddins, Director, Industry Capability and Inclusion for Level Crossing Removal Project accepting the 2018 Australasian Diversity in Rail Award.

Ann Tomlinson, Director, Alium Works accepting the 2018 Australasian Diversity in Rail Award - Highly Commended Award.