Jill Walsh

Victorian Rail Advocate, Victoria Department of Transport

Jill’s background is in manufacturing.  She was a partner in an engineering company which supplied a complex range of components to all major Rail OEMs for nearly 2 decades.

Jill is a passionate supporter of local manufacturing. She was appointed to the Victorian Premiers Jobs and Investment Panel in 2015 serving until 2019.

In 2018 Jill was awarded the inaugural Victorian Women Manufacturer of the Year which recognises the contribution of women in manufacturing.

Jill is an active mentor to women across various industries, including both established leaders and those on the road to success. In August 2019, Jill was appointed Victorian Rail Advocate.  Jill chairs the Rail Industry Development Advisory Committee (RIDAC) – an  independent committee which directly and independently advises the Minister for Public Transport. The Committee was established to improve the engagement and collaboration between government, industry and the education sectors.

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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).