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TrackSAFE e-Newsletter

June 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.

In this Edition: 



10-16 August 2015

The Rail Safety Week Committee is eagerly planning for the tenth year of Rail Safety Week and is supportive of a joint TrackSAFE/ARA national launch which will premiere a new rail safety video that emphasises the theme that rail safety is everyone’s responsibility. Exciting new collateral has been ordered to further promote this Australasian initiative and committee members are proud to add their own flavour to events that will take place across Australia and New Zealand.

Further details on the week long campaign will be released over the coming months. To keep informed visit our website.


On 16 April 2015, the rail industry participated in the first ever Rail R U OK?Day. The inaugural event established a day in the year when every rail employee was encouraged to engage in meaningful conversations with their fellow workmates, starting with the simple question – ‘Are you okay?’

8,652 employees were reported to have participated in Rail R U OK?Day across 29 rail organisations:

An official launch of Rail R U OK?Day was jointly hosted by Sydney Trains  and NSW TrainLink at Sydney Central Station on 16 April 2015. The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Federal Minister for Health spoke on the significance of industries taking strides to look after the wellbeing of their employees, and both TrackSAFE Chairman Bob Herbert AM and R U OK? Chairman Mike Connaghan emphasised the importance of cross-sector collaborations when tackling some of the difficulties faced by rail employees. Former Wallabies player and R U OK?Day Ambassador Phil Waugh was also on hand to meet and greet rail staff in Sydney.

As well as the Sydney launch, a range of events were held across Australia, including morning teas, speed mating, EAP talks and other creative ways to engage staff. Find out more about the activities carried out at our website.

TrackSAFE is appreciative of the efforts of employees from every facet of the rail industry who made this event a success. We cannot wait to launch an even bigger 2016 campaign! To find out more visit our website.


On 1 May 2015, an official agreement was signed between the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) at Griffith University and the TrackSAFE Foundation to commence research into suicide on Australian railways. Sydney Trains, Queensland Rail, Metro Trains Melbourne, PTA WA, and DPTI SA will work closely with TrackSAFE and AISRAP to help inform the project. It is anticipated that the project will take around six months and will include a literature review and investigations into the psychological factors surrounding rail suicide and attempted rail suicide.  


The NLCSC met for their quarterly meeting on 15 May 2015. The NLCSC working groups are making strides in progressing the mission of the Committee by appointing group leaders and creating action plans that will help shape the national strategy. To date, the Committee has considered a range of important issues to include: funding costs for ALCAM, potential benefits in harmonising level crossing infringement penalties across jurisdictions and a proposal for a national campaign to raise awareness about level crossing safety.

TrackSAFE provides secretariat duties for the NLCSC and is enthusiastically involved in furthering its set objectives. For more information on the activities of this committee, please contact Angé McCrary at


The Australasian Rail Industry Awards Gala Dinner, sponsored by Laing O'Rourke, is 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.

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

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

Tickets are still available! To attend visit or email


With a growing workforce of over 1,100 across 9 sites, Bombardier understands the importance of rail safety. Maintaining the highest standards of Safety practices is an obligation at Bombardier that goes far beyond satisfying legal or regulatory requirements. They strive to achieve this by embedding a Preventive Culture in all aspects of the organization; meaning they think ahead to limit any risk to employees and the wider community.

Bombardier in Australia reinforces and commemorates a safety culture every day. Their creative way of keeping safety at “top of mind” comes in the form of the Bombardier Safety Premiership Championship. Based on the AFL model, this widely 
coveted annual Safety Cup is competed for throughout the organization to encourage continued reporting of safety risks, “near misses” and preventative initiatives to continuously improve Bombardier’s safety culture. “It’s a bit of fun, it focuses on preventative measures, and it reinforces our safety culture every day.” Rene Lalande, Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation Australia (as pictured).    

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry that covers the full spectrum of rail solutions from the design and manufacture of passenger rail vehicles, to the provision of complete rail transportation systems and system integration, signalling, propulsion and control technology, asset management and through life support with local engineering and manufacturing. Bombardier Transportation, a division of Bombardier Inc, has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide and with over 60 systems in operation around the globe.
Bombardier has a long history in Australia, manufacturing rail vehicles for more than 50 years from our facilities in Dandenong (Victoria) and Maryborough (Queensland). Having recently and successfully completed delivery of the new Gold Coast Trams (Q:Link now in service), Bombardier is also currently delivering 43 VLocity Diesel Multiple Units to V/Line, Queensland’s Next Generation Trains (QNGR Project), Melbourne’s new E-Class trams and Adelaide’s electric train fleet.


TrackSAFE is now on Facebook and needs your support in spreading the word on important rail safety messages! Our Facebook updates will also keep you informed on the latest TrackSAFE initiatives and announcements and share news on what’s happening throughout Australia and the globe to address incidents on rail and trauma to drivers.

Be on the Safe Side also now has its own page so ‘Like’ both of us today!

Follow TrackSAFE and Be on the Safe Side on Twitter - @TrackSAFE & @TrackSAFEed.


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