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All aboard: Minister officially opens Rail Careers Week

Ministers:

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment

The diverse careers of Australia’s rail industry were on display when Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker today officially opened Rail Careers Week at Central Station in Sydney.

The Assistant Minister launched a promotional video featuring Rail Careers Week Ambassador Esther Warren, who is a Civil Project Engineer at John Holland and the recipient of the Young Rail Engineer Award at the 2014 Australasian Rail Industry Awards.

The Minister also unveiled a Sydney Trains Waratah carriage that will promote Rail Careers Week.

“The rail industry has a wide variety of jobs on offer, from manufacturing and maintenance to engineering, operations, logistics, and corporate and customer services," Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Over 180 businesses operate in the rail industry in Australia and New Zealand with the industry employing more than 110,000 people.

"As the industry continues to grow, and governments and private enterprise look to expand our nation’s rail infrastructure, employment opportunities will continue to increase.

“At the last election, the Coalition promised an unprecedented investment in infrastructure, allocating $50 billion to build the infrastructure of the 21st century.

"Part of our infrastructure package is a commitment of $300 million to finalise plans, engineering designs and environmental assessments for the Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland rail.

“Rail is a key part of our plan to unlock economic productivity, which will deliver huge benefits to our economy and create jobs.

“The Australian Government is also supporting employers and job seekers with a range of incentives and subsidies including: the Restart bonus to support mature-age employment; Relocation Assistance to help people with the costs of moving to take up a job; and the Job Commitment Bonus to reward young job seekers who find and keep a job.

“I congratulate the Australasian Railway Association and the employers involved for their efforts to offer employment opportunities to Australians of all ages and backgrounds.

"I encourage students, graduates and job seekers of all ages to explore the many employment opportunities available in the rail industry."

You can find out more about rail careers at http://railcareers.net.au/rail-careers-week/ and support for employers and job seekers at www.employment.gov.au.