• Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Australasian Railway Association


2006 through to 2008

Project Overview:

The project had two parallel streams and covered four key elements:

  • Clarify on the future labour and skill needs of the industry including:
    • the number and types of existing and expected vacancies in areas already experiencing critical shortages
    • variations between regions and sectors of the industry
    • numbers of new entrants required in the industry
    • potential for increasing the skills of existing employers
    • gender mix
    • retention and turnover rates
  • Establish base line industry level human resource benchmarking to drive progression towards employers of choice
  • Develop a draft guide to best=practice partnerships with training providers and identify new innovative funding models and delivery arrangements to support such practices
  • Assess the use of National Qualifications and Recognition of Prior Learning for new and existing employees.


BGA, InfoHRM, APD HR Consulting and the Australasian Railway Association, partnered to deliver this project and subsequent report.

Project Outcomes:

The final report summarised a number of initiatives undertaken across the Australian and New Zealand rail industry throughout the life of the project. It provides a clear view on what the rail industry collectively needs in targeted occupations over the following five to ten years and how skills and labour shortages needed to be tackled. The report presented key findings and outlined actions required at company, industry and government levels. A series of strategic recommendations were also outlined, offering a framework to the broader rail industry in order to facilitate continued industry growth and prosperity.

For further information about this project, contact Steve Balzary on 0418 215 732