The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has released a new report on building rail skills capability as the industry faces increasing skills shortages across the country.

The report confirmed expected workforce gaps of up to 70,000 skilled workers by 2023, with some areas of specialisation already experiencing shortages.

Its review of global initiatives to build rail skills capability identified four areas of action for industry and government to address:

  • Leadership, collaboration and partnership: Work together to deliver an Australian rail training system that provides consistent, accessible, high-quality provision across our jurisdictions
  • Strategic workforce planning: Understand and plan for future workforce needs, ensuring skills supply meets industry demand
  • Attracting, recruiting and retaining our workforce: Attract and retain a diverse workforce, as leading employers and an industry of choice
  • Skilling our workforce: Build and future-proof industry capability and support individual carer progression through transferrable skills development

ARA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie aid collaboration as part of the National Rail Action Plan (NRAP) over the last two years had been a positive step, and the ARA looked forward to the creation of the National Rail Skills Hub in the near future.

It is also progressing essential work on the development of national competencies through its Rail Industry Worker program to make it easier for people to move between companies, projects and jurisdictions within the industry.

Ms Wilkie said the ARA would launch a new careers website later this year to support the promotion of the rail industry as a source of rich and rewarding careers.


Click here to read the report