Industry Engagement

The Asset Standards Authority (ASA) is committed to an open, transparent and collaborative relationship with industry. The ASA will provide collaborative, supportive frameworks within which Authorised Engineering Organisations (AEOs) can deliver safe, effective and efficient projects.

The role of the ASA's industry engagement

The role of industry engagement within the ASA is to collaborate with industry to improve the ongoing capability of industry to deliver projects in NSW. This means working with organisations wanting to become AEOs and providing guidance on competency frameworks, as well as working with industry to develop a collaboration and knowledge sharing framework.

ASA news

Part of our role at the ASA is to keep industry up-to-date and informed about issues affecting their business and the initiatives that the ASA engages in to help them meet these challenges. Read on to find useful information about some of the industry's latest developments.

To find out about the ASA's upcoming industry events, see the ASA Events Calendar (xls 80KB). Be sure to check it regularly for updates and changes.


As you may already know, the Future Transport 2056 draft strategy was published recently. As an industry stakeholder, you are invited to have your say and 'react to the future'.

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) was delighted to lead and sponsor this year’s Permanent Way Institute’s (PWI) Annual Convention, held on Friday 27 October, at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour.

In October, the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) hosted the fourth in their series of Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) Community of Practice (CoP) sessions.

In a transport industry first, Aurecon, in consultation with Transport for NSW (TfNSW), has designed steel HV (HV) aerial poles that are immune from stray traction current problems to be used over the entire suburban and intercity rail network.

On Thursday 14 September, the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) held a civil technical forum to outline and discuss the new light rail standards relevant to civil engineering practitioners, as well as new developments in heavy rail standards.

On 11 September, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) held a Freight Operators Forum for transport industry suppliers to discuss important issues around rolling stock.

ASA brings together industry at Signals & Control Systems technical forum

The Asset Standards Authority (ASA) held a Signals & Control Systems technical forum on Friday 1 September. The event brought together representatives from industry and the cluster bringing together expertise across the signalling and control systems asset lifecycle including equipment designers, suppliers, testers and commissioners.


TfNSW supports gender balance in engineering

On Saturday 5 August, Engineers Australia held their annual Women in Engineering (WIE) winter gala dinner at the Establishment Ballroom in Sydney.


AEO Model version 3 launched to industry

On 18 July, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) held an industry briefing to launch version 3 of the Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) Framework. Over 180 people attended the event which included the recognition of significant milestones in the AEO journey - our 100th AEO and our first Maritime AEO.


Transport for NSW supports Australasian Railway Association Awards dinner

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has reinforced its relationship with the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) by sponsoring its recent awards dinner held on Thursday 13 July at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney.


TfNSW highlights the value of safety at industry briefing

On Thursday 15 June, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) hosted a safety assurance briefing at the Sydney Masonic Centre that was attended by safety practitioners and stakeholders from industry and across the Transport cluster.


TfNSW supports industry in Competency Management

The ASA held a Competency Seminar on Integrating Railway Industry Worker (RIW) protocols into AEO competency management system requirements on Thursday 22 June 2017.


TfNSW puts spotlight on Human Factors

On Thursday 18 May, four prominent Australian Human Factors (HF) researchers presented a session on 'Human Factors in Light and Heavy Rail: Current research and future challenges'.


ASA hosts contingent of international railway signalling experts

As part of the ongoing relationship between the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) and peak industry association, the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) (Australasia), Transport for NSW (TfNSW) hosted visitors from the IRSE China section.


Transport for NSW strengthens partnership with UIC

As part of Transport for NSW’s (TfNSW) membership of the International Union of Railways (UIC), staff from the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) attended the UIC Conference on Railway Asset Management held from 6 to 7 April 2017 in Brisbane.


Transport for NSW attends 2017 RISSB Safety Conference

In continuing Transport for NSW’s (TfNSW) long-term collaboration with the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB), the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) presented at the 2017 RISSB Safety Conference held in Brisbane, Queensland on 4 to 5 April 2017.


TfNSW collaborates with world leaders on asset management

Last week, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) played an important role in bringing the world leaders in asset management together at both the international AMPeak 2017 Conference and the UIC Railway Asset Management Conference held in Brisbane.


ASA develops introductory Systems Engineering course

As part of our continuing advocacy of Systems Engineering competency and capability across Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and our Industry partners, the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) has developed an introductory Systems Engineering (SE) training course for transport service delivery practitioners.


ASA and Asset Management Council host Government Executive Breakfast

As an example of high-value collaboration, Transport for NSW (TfNSW), through the Asset Standards Authority (ASA), held a joint executive breakfast with the Asset Management Council (AMC) at the Sir Stamford hotel, Circular Quay on 22 March 2017.


ASA hosts first Transport Configuration Management Seminar

The Asset Configuration Systems team held a Configuration Management Seminar for Planning on 28 February.


ASA kicks off 2017 Industry Engagement program with Track Technical Forum

The Asset Standards Authority (ASA) hosted a Track technical forum on 24 February, the first event in what is sure to be another busy year of industry engagement. This technical forum, held at the ASA offices, was an opportunity for Transport and industry to discuss issues surrounding railway surveying.


ASA holds 5th Asset Management Community of Practice

This week Transport for NSW (TfNSW) held the 5th Transport Cluster Asset Management Community of Practice (CoP) session, hosted at the Asset Standards Authority’s (ASA) Chatswood office.


T MU MD 20002 ST - Risk Criteria for Use by Organisations Providing Engineering Services

The Asset Standards Authority (ASA) has recently published T MU MD 20002 ST - Risk Criteria for Use by Organisations Providing Engineering Services, a document that details the risk criteria to be used when assuring Transport for NSW (TfNSW) assets or assessing risks for which TfNSW is or will be the owner or part owner.


Configuration Control at ASA turns 50

Meeting number 50 of the ASA Configuration Control Board (CCB) was recently held at the FSP Chatswood Offices. The Board members marked the half century with a cake and acknowledged the success of the Board in authorising the release of many new and revised requirements documents.


AEO Community of Practice #3: Outcomes driven by safety and quality

On 8 December 2016, the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) hosted the third in a series of Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) Community of Practice (CoP) sessions.
TfNSW collaborates with Permanent Way Institution

For their last technical meeting of the year on Thursday 17 November, the Permanent Way Institution (PWI) invited Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to be the sponsor.


ASA and Engineers Australia partnership going strong

The ASA recently held a Systems Engineering Technical Forum at the Engineers Australia Chatswood auditorium, the first ASA event to be held in conjunction with Engineers Australia.

ASA and Sydney Trains collaborate at Annual Supplier Conference

On 1 December 2016, the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) participated in the Sydney Trains 7th Annual Supplier Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Innovation and Value’.

TfNSW plays key role in conversation on subterranean infrastructure

On Thursday 24 November, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) hosted a table and spoke at “The future of subterranean infrastructure: international perspectives” conference organised by the Warren Centre. The objective of this event was to discuss the issues surrounding the future of subterranean infrastructure.

Sustainable assets through collaboration

Recently, Mark Smith, Principal Manager, Industry & Technical Development and Cielo Roldan, Principal Environmental Advisor, represented the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) by speaking at the International High-Performance Built Environments Conference (iHBE) - Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16).

ASA supports engineering excellence

On Thursday 27 October, staff from the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) attended the Women In Engineering (WIE) Eminent Speakers Breakfast as part of the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) Principal Partner Sponsorship with Engineers Australia.

ASA eNEWS 9/16: New guide - T MU MD 00005 GU Type Approval of Products

Recently, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) published its guide T MU MD 00005 GU Type Approval of Products.

The ASA and Network Rail – Standards Improvement through Benchmarking

As part of our objectives to continuously improve the way we do business and to collaborate with industry bodies to refine and standardise our approaches, the ASA held a benchmarking session with Network Rail, the UK Government’s rail transport operator and delivery agency.

Transport for NSW Cyber Security Risk Management

As the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) network modernises, expands and develops the exposure to and the challenge of managing cyber security risks grows.

Transport for NSW and Queensland Rail work towards national harmonisation

In supporting the objectives of national standard harmonisation and increasing private sector participation, Transport for NSW (TfNSW), through the Asset Standards Authority (ASA), held a meeting with Queensland Rail (QR) to discuss each other’s approach to transport system management and assurance.

ASA eNEWS: Updated standard - T HR RS 00700 ST and road/rail vehicle incidents

Recently, the ASA updated its standard RSU 700 Series - Minimum Operating Standards for Rolling Stock - Infrastructure Maintenance Vehicle Specific Interface Requirements (T HR RS 00700 ST).

New standard for CAD and drawing requirements

The Asset Standards Authority (ASA) has created a new standard for CAD and drawing requirements, T MU MD 00006 ST Engineering Drawings and CAD Requirements.

Concessions to ASA Requirements - a clearer and simpler way

The Asset Standards Authority (ASA) has published a new standard containing one process for all disciplines in Transport's industry to be granted permission to comply with a specific alternative to an ASA requirement.