GHD - Women in Rail 2023 report

01 Nov 2023

Accelerating opportunities for women in the rail industry

“Increasing diversity in the workplace enhances productivity and innovation, broadening the talent pool and giving companies a competitive advantage.”

Many high-school students believe rail has no connection to science or environmental engineering, while others believe rail is responsible for environmental damage and involves difficult, often dangerous, manual labour. These are some of the findings to come out of the Women in Rail 2023 report by engineering and consulting company GHD.

The report draws from surveys and interviews with high-school students, rail professionals and leaders from across Australia’s rail sector to highlight women’s attitudes to and experience in rail.

Around 84 percent of survey respondents working in the industry said rail was not their first career choice. However once in the sector, nine out of 10 said they had no immediate plans to leave.

The report raises awareness of barriers to increasing diversity across the industry and provides recommendations on ways to improve female participation and expand the workforce to deliver a growing pipeline of rail infrastructure projects.

To read the full report click on the link below.