The Rail Workforce: An Analytical Overview December 2023

15 Dec 2023

Understanding the extent of the skills gap in Australia's rail sector

With an unprecedented $154 billion investment over the next 15 years and the rollout of critical city-shaping projects across the country, Australia desperately needs both skilled and unskilled workers to enter the rail industry now. 

The Rail Workforce – An Analytical Overview was prepared by the UK’s National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) on behalf of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) to better understand the current skills issues.

The report, informed by new modelling, found the 165,000-strong Australian rail workforce will have a 70,000 shortfall by 2024, mostly in operational and project roles, including engineers, train drivers and controllers and IT specialists.

To read the full report click on the link below.