Rail Careers is a campaign to promote the multitude of rewarding career opportunities that exist in the rail industry, and the variety of pathways available for entering the rail workforce.

The Australasian Rail Industry is diverse, innovative and technologically advanced, and is in a period of significant growth. It’s an exciting time to be involved in an industry that is transforming our cities and regional communities. Projects driving this boom include the Cross River Rail in Brisbane; the Inland Rail; Sydney and Melbourne Metros; the Level Crossing Removal Program; the Metro net project in Perth; rail extensions in South Australia; expansion of rail lines in the Pilbara; and numerous light rail projects in cities across the country.

Recent studies have shown that already committed to projects will continue to see the rail sector’s employment needs grow in the coming decade.

Regardless of your educational background or your workforce experience, the rail industry has many opportunities for individuals who are looking for a career with plenty of on-the-job support through training and development. Apprenticeships, internships, traineeships and graduate positions are available.


Apprenticeships are the future of the Australasian Rail Industry. Apprenticeships are available for people of all ages and provide an opportunity to perform meaningful work whilst receiving on-going training. Apprenticeships are available in many trades including but not limited to Telecommunications, Mechanical Fitter, Vehicle Builder, Systems Electrician, Boiler Maker, Painter.

Graduate Programs

Opportunities for motivated and talented graduates from a diverse range of academic backgrounds who are looking to be future leaders in one of Australasians largest industries. The Australasian Rail Industry is in a period of significant growth, and graduates are provided with a network of opportunities to become involved in projects that make a real difference to Australasian urban and regional economies and the lives of those living across Australia and New Zealand. Graduates from all disciplines are invited to join this growing and important program.

International Applicants

International applicants who are looking at working in Australia or New Zealand. Moving from one country to another can be a daunting proposition. The rail industry is able to assist skilled migrants with their transition to Australia and New Zealand and provide them with an interesting and challenging career.


Internships are available for undergraduate students who are looking at gaining practical experience while they are undertaking their studies. Internships are a great way to develop networking opportunities while working on projects that will significantly benefit the Australian rail industry. It is available in a range of disciplines across Australia, including engineering, business/humanities, customer service and information technology.

School Leavers

School leavers have the opportunity to join rail through apprenticeships, traineeships and internships or through entry-level positions. The rail industry also offers work experience to students looking to gain career experience.


Traineeships play an important role by providing skilled workers to the Australasian rail industry. They provide individuals with an opportunity to combine practical experience and training while earning a wage. A traineeship within the Australasian rail industry can include rail operations and rail infrastructure, along with non-trade careers such as business

administration and information technology. Traineeships can either be completed full-time or part-time, or a combination of both. Upon successful completion, trainees are awarded with a nationally recognised qualification.

Work Experience

Work experience is offered by some rail organisations for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the rail industry. Work experience is a great way for students to gain career experience, obtain transferable skills, networking opportunities, and improve their academic skills. Each organisation has different work experience opportunities, which can include engineering, human resources, finance and accounting, marketing and communications, customer service and information technology.

With rail organisations located across Australia and New Zealand, the rail industry has a network of opportunities and jobs in all major cities, and in regional and remote locations. For more information, visit www.railcareers.net.au.

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