About the ARA

Australasian Railway Association (ARA)

Rail is at the heart of more liveable cities and connected regions. We champion the benefits the industry delivers and work with our members to support greater use of safe, sustainable and efficient rail services.

We are the peak body for the rail sector in Australia and New Zealand, and advocate for more than 170 member organisations across the rail industry.

Our members include every aspect of the rail industry, including:

  • The passenger and freight operators that keep essential rail services moving
  • The track owners, managers and contractors that deliver a safe and efficient rail infrastructure network
  • The suppliers, manufacturers and consultants that drive innovation, productivity and efficiency in the rail industry

What we do

Our members are driven to support vibrant, sustainable and connected communities through greater use of rail across Australia and New Zealand.

We bring together industry and government to help achieve this ambition.

Our advocacy is informed by an extensive research program to ensure we offer solutions that are grounded in evidence and focused on delivering tangible value in our daily lives.

We believe the rail industry has a crucial role to play in the region’s sustainable development and growth, and know that the industry offers meaningful and rewarding careers for tens of thousands of people in the regions.

Our significant program of work is focused on supporting a strong advocacy agenda, and creating opportunities for the rail industry to network, collaborate and share information, and maximise the benefits we have to offer the wider community.

AusRAIL Custom Stand Venue guidelines

All temporary structures will be professionally designed, structurally sound and will contain reasonable provision for:

  • Safety of persons to be accommodated in the event of fire including means of egress
  • Prevention of fire
  • Suppression of fire
  • Patrons must give consideration for wheelchair access to the Stand (NCC – Section D3.3) The reduction of the existing level of fire protection is not permissible.

Designers and builders have an obligation to design and construct to these principles and any relevant standards or legislation while meeting the special needs of their client. Parts of these principles include:

  • Stands over 18m2 where roofing is fitted must have a “Smoke Detection Device” and have a fire extinguisher installed. The recommended material for the roofing is “shark tooth” type material that allows water penetration from sprinklers and fire cannon.
  • Audience chairs within a temporary structure must be secured in groups of not less than 4 and not more than 16. Maximum seats in each row must not exceed 8 where there is an aisle at one end only or 16 where there are aisles on both sides of the row. (NCC NSW H101.11.1).