TrackSAFE's latest newsletter edition - March 2015.
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TrackSAFE e-Newsletter

March 2015

TrackSAFE is a not-for-profit, rail industry initiative endeavouring to reduce incidents on the rail network. In doing so the aim is to minimise trauma caused to rail employees resulting from witnessing near collisions, injuries, and fatalities whilst simply doing their jobs.

Rail R U OK? DAY

In less than one month, on 16 April 2015, the rail industry will launch the first ever
Rail R U OK?Day. The event will mark a day in the year when every rail employee is encouraged to engage in meaningful conversations with their fellow workmates, starting with the simple question – ‘Are you okay?’

Watch the new Rail R U OK? Day video to find out more!

TrackSAFE is expecting a high level of industry engagement and has been working closely with employees designated as ‘Company Champions’ in order to share information about the event amongst rail organisations across the industry. TrackSAFE, in collaboration with suicide prevention organisation R U OK?, recently presented a series of engagement sessions across Australia to equip industry participants with the tools necessary to launch their own events on Rail R U OK?Day. Special guest, Justin Geange added a personal element to the sessions by sharing his powerful story with each audience. TrackSAFE extends its sincere thanks to Justin and all those who attended these informative sessions. TrackSAFE also wishes to thank R U OK?, Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink, V/Line, Queensland Rail, and ARTC for hosting sessions at their offices. 
Using storytelling and song, Justin Geange shares his story with a captive audience in Queensland.
Using storytelling and song, Justin Geange shares his story with a captive audience in Queensland.

An electronic toolkit has been developed to facilitate easy access to posters, event ideas, and recommended collateral. The toolkit also includes suggested social media messages and newsletter content for distribution in the lead up to and on Rail R U OK?Day. To access the Toolkit, click here. It is suggested that organisations use the Toolkit together with the Engagement session presentation for maximum benefit.

TrackSAFE is still looking to work with representatives from every facet of the rail industry to make this event a success. Interested and motivated parties are encouraged to contact TrackSAFE Project Officer, Angé McCrary at or 02 6270 4508. To find our more visit our website.


The Rail Safety Week Committee held its first meeting earlier this month to commence planning for Rail Safety Week 2015, which will be held 10-16 August 2015. This year marks ten years of Rail Safety Week and the resulting campaign will have a strong forward focus emphasising a collaborative approach to rail safety while acknowledging past efforts.
Representatives from the ARA, ARTC, Bombardier, Brookfield Rail, John Holland, Keolis Downer, Leighton Contractors, Metro Trains Melbourne, NSW TrainLink, Northern Territory Police, Public Transport Authority WA, Queensland Police, Queensland Rail, South Australian Police, Sydney Trains, VicTrack, and TrackSAFE came together to discuss the shape of the campaign and ways in which each participating organisation will proceed in ensuring that this year’s campaign is of the highest impact and quality.
Further details on the week long campaign will be released over the coming months. To keep informed visit our website.



The Australasian Rail Industry Awards, sponsored by Laing O'Rourke are the premier industry event recognising the outstanding achievements by individuals and organisations in the Australian and New Zealand rail industries.

The dinner event is set to entertain, engage, excite and delight, with TrackSAFE Patron and Former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer AC the evening's host. Additionally, it has been announced that all proceeds from this year’s Awards, will be donated to the TrackSAFE Foundation.

400 delegates are anticipated to attend, nearly double that of last year. The audience will comprise industry CEOs, senior rail freight, passenger and supply chain managers, up and coming young talent from the industry, and Members of Parliament.

The Awards will be held on Thursday 9 July 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.

To nominate, register your attendance or sponsor this important industry event visit or contact Alicia Hewitt at


TrackSAFE has welcomed the recent announcement from the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan on the fast-tracked removal of 50 dangerous level crossings across the State.

There are thousands of near hits at level crossing every year and each one is just seconds way from becoming a potential disaster.

TrackSAFE invests considerable time and resources into education and awareness campaigns directed at improving behaviour around level crossings. The physical removal of level crossings by State governments greatly assists TrackSAFE in its mission to reduce incidents and complements and promotes education, awareness and advocacy.

The Main Road, St Albans level crossing has had fatalities, serious injuries and many near collisions, and is of great concern amongst train drivers. TrackSAFE is encouraged to hear that construction is expected to commence at St Albans later this year.

The Victorian Government must be congratulated on their proactive approach to level crossing safety. 

To find out more about the initiative, click here.


The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) has been commissioned to assess the feasibility for a national TrackSAFE register and will profile persons who choose rail as a means of suicide. This exploratory research project will work with coroners across the jurisdictions to get a concrete picture of rail suicide so that TrackSAFE can develop campaigns and strategies that speak to those demographics. TrackSAFE is hopeful that the information provided will be useful for our partners in the industry as we work together to address incidents on our networks.


Downer Rail has over 100 years’ experience delivering total rail asset solutions for customers and employs more than 1,400 people at approximately 20 sites across Australia. They specialise in the commissioning, servicing, maintenance and refurbishment of railway traction and rolling stock across Australia and New Zealand. They are committed to delivering quality, reliable products and services in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Zero Harm is embedded in Downer’s culture and is fundamental to the company’s future success.  Their goal of Zero Harm requires continuous improvement to achieve zero work-related injuries and environmental incidents.

A Zero Harm focus goes beyond compliance and meeting regulatory requirements. Zero Harm means sustaining a work environment that supports the health and safety of people, customers and the environment. It also means building strong relationships with the community, governments, shareholders, contractors, supply chain and growing the business in a sustainable way.

Downer Rail equips its people with the systems, knowledge and support networks they require to work more safely, look out for each other and feel empowered to suggest and implement ideas for improvements.  Downer Rail recently achieved triple certification for ISO9001, AS/NZS 4801 and ISO14001 standards. A certified system ensures the highest safety; quality and environmental standards are consistently being reached.

Downer Rail’s Safety Management System (SMS) is a suite of simplified safety processes and policies that govern how they operate and is an integral part of their Business Management System (BMS). They have recently revised their SMS to produce a simplified SMS that is fit for purpose at maintenance depots and easy to use. The new SMS is a significant business development as Downer rail continues its journey as a customer-centric service organisation.

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