Australia's rail industry

18 October 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-667-6

View the report as a single document - (PDF 692KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 23KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 14KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 7KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 92KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Early development of rail infrastructure
A history of differences
Role of the Commonwealth
Key issues
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Current state of Australia's rail industry (PDF 155KB)

Australia's rail industry
Regulatory environment
Standardisation and harmonisation
Procurement and local content guidelines
Issues which have an impact of competitiveness, productivity and growth
Workforce issues
Industry capability

Chapter 3 - Importance of Australia's rail industry (PDF 123KB)

A world class industry
Growing importance of rail in Australia
Employment and income generation
Industry decline and consequences
Apprenticeships, training and skills
Research, development and innovation

Chapter 4 - Future of the industry (PDF 145KB)

Barriers to growth and productivity
The need for a national plan
The ARA's proposed National Rail Industry Plan

Chapter 5 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 34KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 19KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 16KB)
Appendix 3 - The ARA's Enablers (PDF 90KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511