Our industry thrives on diverse perspectives and fresh ideas. Every year more women choose a career in rail to be part of building a more connected and sustainable future.
Many organisations have programs in place to support women who work in rail. Some of these include:
- flexible work arrangements
- gender neutral parental leave
- pay equity analysis
- dedicated entry-level roles
The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has more information about diversity initiatives in rail.
Learn about our industry’s diversity initiatives.
Women in Rail Mentoring Program
The ARA supports and guides women who work in rail with professional leadership development. The popular Women in Rail Mentoring Program grows every year. It pairs women who work in rail with passionate industry mentors and empowers them to pursue a rewarding career.
Healthy work life balance
There are many ways of working in rail. Most employers offer flexible working options which you can tailor to your personal circumstances.
Rail jobs usually fall into one of four arrangements – standard business hours, fixed schedules, shift work or fly-in-fly-out (FIFO). Each arrangement offers different flexible options.
- Many project-based teams put value in your output, not the hours you spend at work. In these roles you can often vary working hours and work remotely for all or part of your week
- Shift workers and people on fixed schedules can usually swap shifts and vary hours when they need to
- FIFO workers benefit from extended weekends between more intense rostered work
And there are many more options that may be available such as paid parental leave, compressed hours, part-time work, job sharing and flex time.
Although every employer in our industry offers different arrangements, many offer world leading benefits. We’re confident there is an option to suit you.