Welcome to Rail Innovation Australia

Rail Innovation Australia Pty Ltd is the spin-off company created from the Cooperative Research Centre for Railway Engineering and Technologies (Rail CRC) which officially closed in June 2007. The company was established to take the technologies and Intellectual Property developed by the Research Centre to the market for the benefit of the rail industry going forward.

The company is the exclusive licensee of Rail CRC technologies and educational materials jointly developed and owned by CRC participants: Aurizon, RailCorp, Pacific NationalARTC, AusRail Tehnology , CQUniversity, UQ, QUT, UNISA, UoW and Monash University . Since being established, RIA has been maintaining links and working closely with many of the Rail CRC participants while growing the network of other organisations involved in the technology and education projects.

Intellectual property management and commercialisation is the main area of RIA expertise. The company has a unique position in the Australian markets continuing development of new technologies and educational solutions for the railway industry via customer-driven cooperative business ventures.

The intellectual property portfolio to RIA by Rail CRC participants has a variety of item including research outputs, software products, technology solutions and educational materials. While commercialisation of Rail CRC outputs is the main short-term objective of the company, Rail Innovation Network is the first R&D product built on the intellectual property owned by RIA.

Positioning itself as an industry leader in intellectual property transfer, commercialisation and the development of new technologies RIA works with and provides services to overseas manufacturers and SME companies interested in developing new and adapting existing products making them most suitable to the operating environment of the Australian railway industry.

Maintaining and managing educational materials cooperatively developed by experienced industry experts in Rail CRC, RIA is well positioned to help the industry with ongoing and growing needs in education and training. More than 500 rail professionals working in Australia and 30 other countries have undertook a study via distant education programs in Rail Operation Management, Rail Infrastructure, Signalling & Telecommunication and Rolling Stock. Those programs and professional development courses are delivered by CQUniversity, QUT and the University of Wollongong and managed by RIA with the help and advice from Industry Advisory Committees formed from representatives from the ARA, RTSA, IRSE, RTAA and 18 largest railway organisations.

TLI50615 Diploma of Rail Operations Management

Dates: 2016 – 2017
Session 2, 2016
Start: 20th June 2016
Register for next intake by 1st June and receive a huge 20% early bird discount. Discounts are also available for groups of 3 or more. Click here for more information.
Session 3, 2016
Start: 17th October 2016
Session 1, 2017
Start: 20th February 2017

The courses in Rail Operations Management, developed with use of educational materials provided by RIA, capture the knowledge and expertise of long-term railway managers working in the Australian rail industry.

You can study rail operations management as part of the nationally recognised qualification . All courses are delivered via flexible online learning suitable for mature-age students working in the railway industry full-time and studying part-time.

The courses have strong focus on safety and risk management in railways required from rail workers by the new rail safety legislation and introduce learners to best practices in rail operations. Graduates will also gain the knowledge of the complex and interactive railway operating environment including legal, technical, and operational aspects, and community expectations.

Education Materials for Licensing

Education and Training Materials for Licensing

A broad range of distant learning resources for education and training of railway engineers and managers is available for licensing to railway organisations, RTOs and consulting companies. These materials could be used for internal training of staff, consultancies, development of new training materials, and other purposes.   For more information

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