13-16 Nov 2023 - ICC, Sydney

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In 2023 – the conference program will be a three day event with over 100 speakers, 300 exhibitors, and 6 networking events.

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PRE-EVENT: Monday 13 November

10:00 - 19:00
Exhibitor bump in

17:00 - 18:30
Welcome Drinks
Venue: Sydney International Convention Centre

DAY ONE: Tuesday 14 November 2023 DAY TWO: Wednesday 15 November 2023 DAY THREE: Thursday 16 November 2023
07:15 - 08:30
Women in Rail breakfast
08:00 - 17:30
All day exhibition
08:00 - 19:00
All day exhibition
08:00 - 16:00
All day exhibition
10:00 - 16:00
AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre
10:00 - 16:00
AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre
10:00 - 14:00
AusRAIL Exhibition Theatre
08:45 - 12:30
Morning Plenary
08:30 - 12:30
Morning Plenary
08:45 - 12:45
Morning Plenary
12:40 - 13:40
Young Rail Professionals lunch
13:45 - 17:00
Afternoon Technical Session
13:45 - 17:00
Afternoon Technical Session
14:00 - 15:15
Afternoon Plenary Session
18:30 - 22:30
Yellow Dinner
17:00 - 19:00
Exhibition Networking Drinks
18:30 - 22:30
Gala Dinner

The conference program time zone is GMT+10, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The conference program is subject to change. 

DAY ONE: Tuesday 14 November 2023
Registration and speaker support open
Women in Rail breakfast
Sponsored by McConnell Dowell
Cockle Bay Room, ICC

In conversation with Kat Stapleton, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Rail
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Welcome and opening plenary
Theme: Setting the scene
Sponsored by Beca

Parkside Ballroom, ICC
Welcome to country + MC welcome
Opening address
Danny Broad
, Chair, Australasian Railway Association
Ministerial address
The Hon Jo Haylen MP
, Minister for Transport (NSW)
Panel: The big picture - setting the national scene
Chair: Caroline Wilkie, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Railway Association

Kevin Doherty, Group Director - Transport and Infrastructure, Beca
Paul Scurrah, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific National
Wendy McMillan, Regional Senior Vice President, South East Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Wabtec Corporation
Annabel Crookes, Director, Laing O'Rourke
More panellists to be announced
Chris Riddell
, Futurist
AusRAIL exhibition theatre presentations
Exhibition Theatre sponsored by Jacobs
First time attendees networking event
AusRAIL PLUS exhibition
Plenary session
Theme: NZ & East Coast Passenger rail updates
Sponsored by Arup
Parkside Ballroom, ICC
Chair: Alice Reis, Principal | Rail - Australasian Leader, Arup
Peter Reidy, Chief Executive Officer, KiwiRail
Dr Sean Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer, Auckland City Rail Link
Matt Longland, Chief Executive, Sydney Trains
Raymond O'Flaherty, Chief Executive Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Kat Stapleton, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Rail
Young Rail Professionals lunch
Cockle Bay Room, ICC

Guest speaker: Mehdi Sinaceur, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Senior Vice President - Americas, Asia-Pacific, South Africa and United Kingdom, RATP Dev
View social program
Concurrent technical sessions
C3.4 and C3.5
Parkside Ballroom
RTAA technical session

Chair: Jonathan Barnes
IRSE technical session
Mechanics of polymer railway sleepers
Aran Van Belkom, Technical Director, Lankhorst, Netherlands
ONRSR operational update
Senior ONRSR representative
A balanced approach to using biofuels to decarbonize freight rail
Chris Miller, Senior Director, Services Product Management, Wabtec, United States
CBTC using 5G-powered FRMCS (Future Mobile Radio Communications System)
Obaid Khan, Technical Director - Rail, Mott MacDonald, Australia
Bahador Nayebifar, Principal Rail Systems Engineer, Mott MacDonald, Australia
What got us here won’t get us there
Adam Winder, Industry Capability and Inclusion Manager, John Holland, Australia
PORR Slab Track installation case study Metro Tunnel project Melbourne
Jefferson Fern, Head VFS Australia, Vossloh, Australia
Integrating adaptive technologies to prevent train obstruction and intruder collisions and minimise biowashing
Stephen Howe, Director Engineering Solutions & Innovation, Level Crossing Removal Project, Australia
The Sustainable Infrastructure Program at Transport for NSW
Mark Smith, Executive Director Advanced Technical Services, Transport For NSW, Australia
Using safety PLCs for rail signalling applications
Peter McGregor, Principal Standards & Systems Assurance Manager, JMD Railtech, Australia
Breaking the glass ceiling in rail: Strategies for attracting and retaining female talent
Carina O'Brien, Communications Lead, Siemens Mobility, Australia
Streamlining railway design standards. Are we serious?
Jason Williams, Principal, Track and Civil, Aurecon, Australia
Refreshing a just culture framework - from design to implementation
Christine Gardner, Senior Manager Safety Culture Delivery, Sydney Trains, Australia
Enabling a circular economy for the rail industry
Rebecca Hendy, Sustainability Manager, McConnell Dowell, Australia
The struggle applying standard solutions to unique railways
Richard Flaherty, Digital Train Control Lead, GHD, United Kingdom
Unlocking our rail sector
Heather Walker, Principal Engineer, AECOM, Australia
Nicole Wateman, Project Technical Leader, AECOM, Australia
Concurrent technical sessions
C3.4 and C3.5
Parkside Ballroom
Workforce and skills
Rolling stock
Asset management
Passenger rail
ARA Workforce Development Brief
Fiona Love, General Manager, Workforce Development, Australasian Railway Association
Rowan Gawne, Senior Workforce Development Manager, Australasian Railway Association
Low footprint innovations to increase rail networks capacity for passenger and freight: a review of successful cases implemented in the last 30 years
Julien Morizet, Senior Principal Rail Operations and Planning Consultant, WSP Australia Pty Ltd, Australia
Image recognition based train stopping location analysis
Fanglue Hou, ICT and Integration Engineer, Downer, Australia
How drone LiDAR is being used in the asset management workflow for vegetation encroachment and drainage mapping
Zack Wasson, Chief Executive Officer, Diospatial, Australia
Interface problems in delivering an accessible railway
Rob Lambert, Senior Business Manager, Monash Institute of Railway Technology, Australia
Using virtual reality technology to combat the rail skills crisis — success factors in creating and implementing immersive learning strategies
Schalk Pienaar, Chief Executive Officer, Nexefy, Australia
Digital Rail Germany: Modernizing rail infrastructure with data management and industry 4.0 technologies
Jeniffer Hamon, Senior BIM Consultant, DB Engineering & Consulting, Colombia
Building the next generation of trains and trams for Victoria
Ian Shore, Acting Commercial Director, ANZ, Alstom, Australia
Modernising asset management
Liam Nicholls, Asset Manager, Keolis Downer Adelaide
Developing an integrated multi modal transport model for trackwork and event planning
Shaun Hudson, Director of Network Access, Sydney Trains, Australia
Case study of undergraduate engineers and the long term success various programs have had
Stephen Chambers, Electrical Networks Delivery Manager, Metro Trains Melbourne, Australia
Change of behaviour about innovative technologies for controlling / operating railway signalling systems
Montserrat Elbas Yague, Solution Architect, Siemens Mobility Pty Ltd, Australia
Extending the longevity of Melbourne’s tram fleet
Safe and efficient rail corridor mapping – LiDAR and the rail industry
Eleanor Chandler-Temple, Lidar Support Engineer, Riegl Australia, Australia
Enhancing passenger experience and operational efficiency through connected rail systems
Nick Gurney, Telecommunications Director, BAI Communications, Australia
Yellow Dinner
Sponsored by
Grand Ballroom, ICC

Special guest: Larry Emdur
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DAY TWO: Wednesday 15 November 2023
Registration and speaker support open
Plenary session
Parkside Ballroom, ICC
Welcome day 2
Beyond speed: The impact of Japan's high-speed rail network
Masafumi Shukuri, Chairman, International High-Speed Rail Association
High Speed Rail – Planning for Australia’s Future
Andrew Hyles, Acting Chief Executive Officer, High Speed Rail Authority
Operational readiness and project integration - 7 deadly sins
Nigel Holness, Former Managing Director, MTR Elizabeth Line
Panel: Interoperability
Chair: Tony Braxton-Smith, Managing Director, ADBRAX Services

Carolyn Walsh, Chair and Commissioner, National Transport Commission
Simon Ormsby, Group Executive Interstate Network, ARTC
Patrick O’Donnell, Chief Operating Officer, Pacific National
Raphaelle Guerineau, Country CEO Australia and New Zealand, Siemens Mobility
AusRAIL exhibition theatre presentations
Exhibition Theatre sponsored by Jacobs
Plenary session
Theme: Building for the future
Parkside Ballroom, ICC
Panel: Contractors
Chair: Natalie Currey, General Manager Supply Chain, Australasian Railway Association

Treaven Martinus, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Martinus Rail
Mark Dimmock, Acting Managing Director, Laing O'Rourke
Steve Butcher, Executive General Manager Rail, John Holland Group
Camilla Drover, Deputy Secretary, Transport for NSW
Major project briefs
Sydney Metro
Peter Regan, Chief Executive Officer
Cross River Rail
Graeme Newton, Chief Executive Officer
Rail Projects Victoria
Nicole Stoddart, Chief Executive Officer
Concurrent technical sessions
Parkside Ballroom
C3.4 and C3.5
RTAA technical session

Chair: Dennis Lo
RTSA technical session

Chair: Oliver Lake
Optimising sustaining capital for formation renewals
Francois Heyns, Principal Rail Engineer, Jacobs, Australia
MTM's Infrastructure Division Industry leading safety performance
Jasper Milligan, General Manager - Infrastructure, Metro Trains Melbourne, Australia
Decarbonisation of concrete – alternative strategies
Harish Srivastava, Director Civil Engineering, Transport for NSW, Australia
Passenger rolling stock – from diesel to net zero
Shaun Robertson, Technical Director / NSW Rolling Stock Lead, Mott MacDonald, Australia
Bhevene Govender, Technical Director, Rail, Mott MacDonald, Australia
Supporting the well-being of the rail workforce and best practice trauma management
Heather Neil, Executive Director, TrackSAFE Foundation
Transforming competition into synergy – rail grinding and milling
Richard Stock, Global Head of Rail Solutions, Plasser Canada / Plasser American, Canada
ARTC delivers an innovative approach to managing contractor safety
James Kennedy, Head of Safety and Environment MCP and E&S, ARTC, Australia
Low-carbon rail – the role of green hydrogen
Richard Hickman, Principal – Project Management, Beca, Australia
Ibrahim Faza, SYSTRA
Advances in artificial intelligence and its application to rail
Mark Kraeling, Solutions Architect, Wabtec Corporation, USA
Understanding and managing psychosocial risks in the workplace
Jim Kelly, Director of Health and Safe Design at SafeWork NSW
Effect of shoulder ballast cleaning on drainage restoration
Franco Fanucci, Product Manager, Loram Maintenance Of Way, United States
Review of level crossing collisions involving trains and heavy road vehicles in Australia
Angus Mitchell, Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Australia
What’s the carbon delta? A case study on Pacific National’s carbon forecasting model
Anitra Hobby, ESG Principal, Pacific National, Australia
The Future of Rail, Transport Australia's discussion paper
Chris Baker, Senior Business Manager, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd
Creating a mentally safe working culture
Leon Ruri, Mental Well-being Consultant and Suicide Prevention Advocate
Concurrent technical sessions
Parkside Ballroom
C3.4 and C3.5
Workforce and skills
Passenger rail
Track / electrical
PWI technical session
Rail Industry Workforce Plan
Paul Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Industry Skills Australia, Australia
Lessons learned and proactive strategies for railway cyber security incident prevention and response
Martin Kunz Technical Sales Rail Cybersecurity, Siemens Mobility, Germany
Lester Lim, Head, Digital Service Asia Pacific, Siemens Mobility, Asia Pacific
Holding the line: Dealing with anti-social behaviour on public transport
James McMillan, Chief Safety Officer, Keolis Downer Yarra Trams, Australia
Optimising routine maintenance at Sydney Trains through the application of LiDAR data in infrastructure measurement and reporting
David Presley, Director, Agonics, Australia
Development of automation innovation to transition Downer’s maintenance capability to maintenance 4.0
Jason Zhou, Technology Strategy Engineer, Downer, Australia
Kevin Tan, Engineering Manager - Asset Strategy, Downer, Australia
An Alstom case study: Recruitment and retention challenges in rail
Pascal Dupond, Managing Director, Alstom Australia & New Zealand
Weather monitoring – risk mitigation and customer engagement through integrated early warning and active system management
Luke O'Neill, Regional Asset Manager North, Queensland Rail, Australia
Planning railway and metro stations to effectively serve major events
Pietro Crovato, Transport Planning Technical Director, GHD, Australia
A journey of using high power vacuum excavation in UK – achieving minimal possession time and high productivity
Jonas Lindholm, Director, KingHill, Australia
David Radlish, Track Maintenance, Network Rail, United Kingdom
How the 1st driverless metro line in Paris maintained outstanding performance whilst undertaking several extensions and upgrades
Mathilde Mahaut, Technical Director, RATP Dev
Creating a better tomorrow through tomorrows leaders
Aman Mangat, People Manager, John Holland, Australia
Esma Bragg, Site Engineer, John Holland, Australia
Enhancing railway track monitoring and passenger comfort with in-service trains: A continuous and cost-effective approach
Clive Roberts, Director of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
A community of passengers: 4 metros, 4 cities
Keith Allen, Principal, Hassell, Australia
Kevin Lloyd, Principal, Hassell, Australia
Rail integrity and squat defects
John McLeod, Transport for NSW, Australia
Shaping the future of Australian railway
Ravi Ravitharan, Director, Monash Institute of Railway Technology, Australia
Exhibition networking drinks
AusRAIL PLUS exhibition
View social program
DAY THREE: Thursday 16 November 2023
Registration and speaker support open
Plenary session
Theme: Manufacturing and supply chain

Parkside Ballroom, ICC
Welcome day 3
The ARTC agenda
Wayne Johnson, Acting Chief Executive Officer, ARTC
The UK/AUS Free Trade Agreement and the impacts on rail exports and imports
Lord Malcolm Offord, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Exports) and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, United Kingdom
Jacqui Walters, National Rail Manufacturing Advocate
Applying robotics and AI technology to deliver smart maintenance in rail
Pascal Dupond, Managing Director, Alstom Australia & New Zealand
Head & heart: The art of modern leadership
Dr Kirstin Ferguson, Leadership expert, best-selling author, columnist, and company director
AusRAIL exhibition theatre presentations
Exhibition Theatre sponsored by Jacobs
Plenary session
Theme: Sustainability

Parkside Ballroom, ICC
Regulator brief: ONRSR
Speaker coming soon
The Australian Government's Transport and Infrastructure Net Zero Roadmap
Ian Porter, Strategic Advisor, Net Zero, Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure
Panel: Net zero

Kylie Hargreaves, Chief Sustainability Officer, National Intermodal
Julia Hinwood, Director, Infrastructure, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Mark Lusis, Global Decarbonisation & Sustainability Skills Lead, Arup
More panellists to be announced
Rail Industry worker program update
Emma Woods, Chief Operating Officer, Australasian Railway Association
Plenary session
Parkside Ballroom, ICC
National Rail Action Plan: The National Goal of Interoperability
Michael Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner, National Transport Commission
In conversation with: Talking about social responsibility...
Chair: Joeley Pettit, Director Corporate Affairs, Passenger Rail and Sustainability, Australasian Railway Association

Sue Robinson, Technical Director - Sustainability and Climate, GHD
Sharon Gray, Group Manager, Diversity, Indigenous and Social Inclusion, CPB Contractors
Panel: Light rail
Chair coming soon

Brian Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, Transdev Australasia
Phil Mumford, GoldLinQ, Gold Coast
Duncan Edghill, Chief Executive Officer, ALTRAC Light Rail
Carla Purcell, Chief Executive Officer, Yarra Trams
High Speed Rail - Now or never?
Debate teams coming soon
Closing remarks
Caroline Wilkie, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Railway Association
AusRAIL PLUS 2023 conference concludes
AusRAIL PLUS Gala Dinner
Sponsored by Siemens Mobility
Sydney Town Hall

Special guest: Cameron Daddo
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Build your network

AusRAIL PLUS attracts key industry leaders and decision makers from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Join us to meet with representatives of leading rail organisations and build your network.

Connect with people from across the rail industry. Attendees will include representatives from the following sectors:

  • Passenger rail operators
  • Freight rail operators
  • Heavy haul operators
  • Rollingstock manufacturers
  • Contractors
  • Rail industry suppliers
  • Consultants
  • Government and industry representatives

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