Career Pathways into Rail - LINC: Logistics Information & Navigation

Career Pathways into
the Rail Industry
Michael McCarthy
Project Officer
South Australian Freight Council Inc.
A Growing Industry: But Why?
Australia’s Economy is Growing
• Australia’s Freight Task is expected to double every 14 years.
• Between 2010 and 2030 Rail Freight is expected to jump 90%
(Road Freight is only 50%)
But Why Rail?
• To move one tonne of freight one kilometre (on average)
Truck: 2.79c
• The average Freight Train takes 110 trucks off the road.
Reduces truck movements by around 49.7m truck kilometres a
• One passenger train reduces carbon emissions by the same
amount as planting 320 hectares of trees.
The Rail Workforce
• Approx. 110,000 Staff
• Over 170 organisations
- Private and Public Operators across Regional,
Rural and Remote Australia.
- Passenger Operations, Track Owners &
Managers, Freight Operators, Manufacturers &
• Wide Range of Occupations, Disciplines and
Job Roles & Opportunities
• Asset Management
• Manufacturing and Maintenance
• Corporate Specialists
• Customer Service
• Employment Programs
• Engineers
• Infrastructure
• Operations
Rail: A Growing Industry
• Employee numbers to grow by 6% in the 5 years
to 2017
• 4,100 new Train/Tram Drivers needed by 2017
• Training Needs: Estimated to be 6,500 new
qualifications needed by 2017
• Almost 66% of all training is for Rail Operations
Career Pathway
for New Entrants
Example of Aidan Matthews
Always Wanted to be a Train Driver
Finished School in 2010.
Now Locomotive Driver at
Genesee and Wyoming.
Aidan’s and other Career
Pathway’s available at
Find all your Career Information in Transport and Logistics at
Look out for the first Annual
Rail Careers Week
8-14 September

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