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What we will do: 6 pillars to drive action

Pillar 1: Develop a nationally coordinated approach to rolling stock procurement

Australia has inconsistent procurement processes across states and territories. This prevents the sector from achieving economies of scale. Overcoming this issue requires a coordinated approach to procurement requir...

Pillar 2: Harmonise standards for manufacturing rolling stock

Harmonising standards for rolling stock will improve economies of scale, increase production runs and lower unit costs for Australian manufacturers. This will support a more competitive and efficient domestic rail m...

Pillar 3: Adopt a national local content approach

Differing local content policies (LCPs) can hinder the ability of companies to operate across jurisdictions, undermining industry efficiency, and limiting the establishment of a strong national rail manufacturing se...

Pillar 4: Maximise opportunities for freight and heavy haul manufacturing

Australia has considerable expertise in freight and heavy haul rail, developed in response to challenges posed by its extreme environment and heavy load requirements.

Pillar 5: Improve research and innovation outcomes in the rail sector

Stronger research capabilities and greater collaboration between researchers, innovators, industry and government will enable the rail manufacturing sector to boost productivity, take advantage of smart manufacturin...

Pillar 6: Establish the foundation for good jobs and rewarding careers in rail manufacturing

Competition for skilled workers is currently strong and likely to intensify over the next decade. Job stability, investment in apprentice training, development of career pathways and workforce retention are being un...