Safety, Standards & Regulation

The countdown is on: 29th International Railway Safety Council Conference comes to Perth

Join a diverse community at Hyatt Regency Perth next month to collaborate across borders and boundaries to explore and develop solutions to rail safety challenges at the 29th International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) Conference in Perth.

Held annually, the IRSC conference brings together rail safety authorities, accident investigation offices, regulatory bodies, infrastructure management experts, and industry associations to discuss key safety issues facing the rail industry globally.

Reflecting the theme, Innovation and Technology: Changing the Future of Rail Safety, the IRSC 2019 features an engaging conference program including stakeholder meetings, plenary speakers, technical visits throughout Western Australia and a fantastic social program showcasing Australia’s sunniest capital city. With speakers from 15 countries and registered delegates from over 18 countries including China, the United States of America, Germany, Japan, Italy, Australia, India and Sweden, this is one conference that you will not want to miss.

Beyond presentations and group discussions, attendees will have various opportunities to catch up with colleagues in the field and form new friendships during IRSC 2019’s social events and tours.

In addition to lunch and tea breaks scheduled throughout each day, participants can unwind at the end of day one with a complimentary welcome reception at the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club and farewell colleagues and new friends oceanfront at The Lucky Shag Bar.  Delegates also have the option of registering for the technical site tours that will take place on 17 and 18 October.

17 October 2019

Speno Rail Maintenance Australia’s (SRMA) premises and Roy Hill’s Remote Operations Centre (ROC) will each offer delegates a behind-the-scenes look at some of Australia’s most innovative and impactful technical hubs, granting delegates practical knowledge to take back to their own organisations.

Delegates will receive a first-hand experience of SRMA’s innovation, local designs and recent developments in creating efficiencies and improving safety in the key areas of specialist track maintenance technologies including rail grinding, switch grinding, ultrasonic inspection, track geometry and track inspection technologies.

Roy Hill’s Perth-based integrated corporate headquarters and ROC provides end-to-end integration of its operations, marketing and corporate services functions. The central component of the ROC is the control room, which houses the demand chain team who are responsible for the operational planning, scheduling and execution of production activities across all areas of operations.

18 October 2019

Delegates will board a chartered flight to the Pilbara and visit Pilbara Port Authority’s Port Hedland office and Roy Hill’s Tad yard.

The Pilbara Port Authority oversees operations of the Port of Dampier, Port of Port Hedland, Port of Ashburton area and future ports of Anketell and Cape Preston East. Iron ore continues to be the dominant export product in Port Hedland, positioning it as the world’s largest iron ore export port. Delegates will then visit Roy Hill’s Tad yard specifically designed to facilitate the rapid refuelling of locomotives, inspection of empty trains and heavy maintenance tasks. Limited places available for this site tour.

The IRSC 2019 is running from 13–18 October 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Perth. To register online, visit

About the IRSC

The International Railway Safety Council’s annual conference is a forum that brings together rail safety professionals from around the globe in order to exchange information and provide experiences and lessons for improving rail safety and is exclusively devoted to rail safety issues.

Established in 1990, the IRSC now comprises close to 30 core members from 17 countries and regions worldwide. The IRSC now makes a significant contribution to the ongoing improvement of rail safety management and performance around the world.