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Who We Are

We are one of Australia’s largest freight rail network owners with more than 20 years of experience in building, maintaining and operating rail infrastructure. Our purpose is to improve Australia’s productivity by making rail the mode of choice in the national logistics chain.

Our network extends for more than 8,500 route kilometres and includes the Hunter Valley coal rail network. It transports agricultural products, general freight and passenger services, as well as millions of tonnes of coal and minerals through New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

What We Do

We were established to modernise rail in Australia and our experienced team has delivered billions of dollars’ worth of investment to improve the safety and reliability of our nation’s rail network.

We manage the seamless, safe transit of hundreds of trains across our network every day. This gets freight off roads which reduces congestion, is good for the environment and improves safety for motorists and communities.

We are proud to be providing the transport and logistics industry with a safe and reliable network that supports the many industries that underpin Australia’s economy.

We continue to meet the changing needs of our customers – rail operators and coal companies – and are committed to the health and safety of our people, the environment and local communities in which we operate.

We are also building the Inland Rail route between Melbourne and Brisbane. This will transform the transport supply chain, providing a world-class rail network capable of meeting Australia’s long‑term freight needs.

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Sam, Infrastructure Maintainer


Our Company was originally established pursuant to the Australian Rail Track Corporation Inter-Governmental Agreement 1997. Under that agreement and our constitution, the aims of the Company are broadly to provide efficient and seamless access to the rail network by:

  • Operating on sound commercial principles
  • Growing the volume of freight on rail
  • Improving rail infrastructure through better asset management and a program of commercial and grand-funded investment
  • Promoting operational efficiency and uniformity on the rail network.

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Lynley, Programmer

Key Facts

We are one of the largest freight rail network owners in the country

We manage over 8,500km of standard gauge track

We have invested over $4 billion in the Interstate network and over $2.5 billion in the Hunter Valley network

We have 6 main offices

We maintain our network out of 27 provisioning centres

We employ over 1,500 people

We manage the transit of around 450 trains per day on our network

Inland Rail will be 1,700km long and enable a 24-hour transit between Melbourne and Brisbane

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to improve Australia’s productivity by making rail the mode of choice in the national logistics chain

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Karen, Network Controller

Our Values



Future thinking is in our DNA. It’s how we innovate, change the game and break through challenges and barriers. We’re leaders who think differently; curious and skilful, we challenge the status quo.

  • We find solutions
  • We embrace excellence
  • We think bold

We act with integrity and we’re committed to the success of our customers, stakeholders and employees. We ask questions, listen and respond to needs. We’re always on the front foot and actively engaged.

  • We take initiative
  • We pay attention
  • We respect one another



In our world, safety is everything. We care about people, the environment and communities. It doesn’t matter how big or small, doing things safely means doing things right.

  • We take care
  • We look out for each other
  • We find safe ways

We deliver results. We’re driven by results because they lead to progress. Determined to make rail the mode of choice for freight, we work together to achieve personal, organisational and industry-wide results.

  • We set and measure goals
  • We promote and recognise performance
  • We focus on success

Our Network

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