Starting the Decade of Action on Road Safety

In collaboration with the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety (GYCRS), YTP hosted a virtual panel discussion on the topic of road safety and what needs to be done in order to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. The event was facilitated by Maolin Macatangay (YOURS & GYCRS) and featured intriguing insights from our panelists Rob McInerney (iRAP), Wayne Moon (DoT), Alex Herold (DoT) and Grace Willems (RACQ & GYCRS). 

Participants of the event heard about various topics such as the shortcomings involved with achieving the 2020 decade of action target, short interim and long term data evaluation, infrastructure evaluation and star ratings, and the importance of the community in road safety conversations. The event ended with a discussion on the actions required in order to achieve the goals for 2030, which included engaging and spreading awareness to the community, providing funding and continuous investment, and understanding that every decision made within a project has life and death injury implications along with it.

If you missed out on the event, you can watch the panel discussion below and if you would like to learn more about the GYCRS and the amazing work they do, please visit their website: 

2020/2021 Committee

Following the recent ballot and annual general meeting the 2020-21 YTP committee have stepped into their new roles. We would like to thank the previous committee for organizing some great events over the past 12 months during some difficult times and for significantly increasing the YTP membership base. We are extremely excited for the year ahead and have some big plans in store, so look out for more announcements soon. If you have any ideas please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Click through the below link to read a bit more about the new committee.

Victorian Department of Transport – New Industry Partner

Young Transport Professionals (YTP) are pleased to announce the Victorian Department of Transport (DoT) as an Industry Partner!

DoT is responsible for the ongoing operation and coordination of the state’s transport network, as well as the delivery of new and upgraded transport infrastructure. Working closely with the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA), the department are currently managing over $70-billion worth of investments to expand and modernise the network. This includes delivering Melbourne Metro, removing dangerous and congested level crossings, the West Gate Tunnel, North East Link, the Western Rail Plan, Melbourne Airport Rail Link and the Suburban Rail Loop.
Since YTP’s formation in 2014, the ongoing support from the government sector has been fundamental to our growth, and we now have 950+ members from over 150 companies. Partnerships such as these have enabled us to run forums, networking events and site visits that are free and provide opportunities for young professionals to network within the transport industry.
This is an extremely exciting time for YTP and, with DoTMetro Trains Melbourne and the Aurecon Jacobs and Mott McDonald Joint Venture, we look forward to working together to bring more events and develop connections with our members.

Update – COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, the effects of COVID-19 have swept over Australia, with severe restrictions placed on gatherings by State and Federal Governments. YTP’s number one priority is to operate with the health and wellbeing of our members at the forefront.

As a result, YTP has postponed all upcoming events as we closely monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are in the process of developing a range of online content, so please keep an eye out for this!

If you have any suggestions for virtual events or online content, please get in touch via:

We hope that you are all staying safe and look forward to bringing you more great events in the future!

Kind regards,
Your YTP Committee

YTP Barefoot Bowls 2020

Second time’s the charm!

After having to postpone our initial lawn bowls event due to bad weather, this time around we were blessed with beautiful, clear skies for YTP’s 6th Annual Barefoot Bowls event.

We’d like to thank all of our members who came along and joined us for a great catch-up, a few drinks and a little competitive fun. None of this could have happened without our industry partner and event sponsor Metro Trains Melbourne and we’d like to thank them for their generosity continued support.

Metro Trains Melbourne – Our new Industry Partner

Young Transport Professionals (YTP) are pleased to announce Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) as an Industry Partner for 2020!

MTM is a consortium of three leading rail industry organisations: Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation, Australia’s John Holland Group and UGL Rail, a division of United Group Limited. MTM currently operate rail services across Melbourne’s metropolitan network, transporting over 450,000 passengers each day.

Since YTP’s formation in 2014, the ongoing support from MTM has been fundamental to our growth, and we now have 800+ members from over 150 companies. Partnerships such as these have enabled us to run forums, networking events and site visits that are free, and that provide opportunities for young professionals to network within the transport industry.

This is an extremely exciting time for YTP, and with MTM and AJM, we now have two of the largest transport organisations in Victoria as industry partners.

Read more about MTM at: About MTM

Learn about becoming an industry parter at: YTP Partners and Supporters

YTP Christmas 2019 – Recap

And that’s the end of another fabulous year!

The YTP committee would like to thank those who attended the end of year function held on Wednesday 11 December at The Boatbuilders Yard.  It was a lovely evening catching up with old and new friends over a couple of drinks by the river.

The committee would also like to take the opportunity to thank its members for all their ongoing support throughout the year, and look forward to bringing forth more great events in the new year!

From the 2019/2020 committee, Happy Holidays!

Presidential Address – Jack Wood

For those who have not met me at one of our recent events, my name is Jack Wood and I have been nominated to be the new YTP President for financial year 2019/2020, where I have the exciting task of leading the new committee.  I am currently working at Advisian as a Senior Consultant, a role I have held for the past 2 years.  After graduating from university in the UK, I spent 4 years working in the Middle East, but have found myself calling Australia home for the past 2.

Having worked overseas for as long as I have, I understand the importance of building a strong network and connecting with other like-minded young professionals. This year’s committee is  determined to continue YTP’s legacy of providing our members with valuable networking and development opportunities via forums, site visits, and social events.  These events are only set to expand, with this year’s team being one of the most diverse YTP has seen, made up of representatives from Advisian, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), Jacobs, Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), Siemens, SNC-Lavalin, and Yarra Trams.

As YTP has now been operating for half a decade, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the journey so far and take a look at what 2020 has to offer us young professionals working in the transport industry.  It is such an exciting time to be involved in the booming transport industry in Victoria – there are an unprecedented number of projects either under construction or coming through the pipeline. Based on the commitments of the State and Federal governments this trend is set to continue for at least the next decade with city shaping projects such as the Suburban Rail Loop.

I am sure you would agree that the previous committees have done an outstanding job, developing strong partnership arrangements and consistently growing the YTP membership base. We now have almost 800 members from 160 companies, working across 25 disciplines. This provides an enormous opportunity to build a diverse professional network. Over the years we have worked with some of Victoria’s largest transport organisations, including Advisian, AECOM, Arup, Aurecon, Bombardier, Downer, Jacobs, Metro Trains Australia (MTA), MTM, Professionals Australia, and most recently Siemens. We also have an ongoing partnership arrangement with the Aurecon Jacobs Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (AJM). The support we receive from these major organisations is crucial, as it has enabled the committee to continually organise events and provide networking and learning opportunities to our members for free!

Looking to 2020, the committee has some big ambitions. We hope to grow the membership base to 1,000, increasing the representation from central government agencies as well as contractors. We’re aiming to expand our activities beyond forums and site visits to include more opportunities for broader professional guidance and membership engagement, including more collaborative arrangements with other professional organisations.

If you like what we’re doing, please tell your friends and colleagues about how they can get involved in YTP, either as individual members or through our sponsorship and partnership arrangements.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of YTP, and I look forward to seeing you all at our future events!

YTP Siemens Port Melbourne Factory Tour

This October, YTP members had the opportunity to tour the Siemens Mobility factory and product development facility in Port Melbourne. Key staff members, such as Andrew Chan (CoE Development Engineer), Dion Marriott (CoE Principal Key Expert – Point Machines & Mechanical) and Rogier Andenes (Sales Representative, Victoria) spoke about the products and solutions being developed locally, such as point machines, train stops and a variety of signals. On the tour, members had a closer look at the equipment, and even had the chance to operate one of the folding signal post mechanisms.

Systems Engineering in Transport – Event Roundup

The YTP kicked off the 2019/2020 financial year with a panel discussion sponsored and hosted by Advisian. Attendees from over 20 companies gathered to network and hear a panel of four subject matter experts discuss systems engineering and its application within major transport projects.

Faciliator David Ramsdale (Advisian) and speakers John Nasr (Advisian), Emma-Rose Tildesley (KPMG), Marcus Chadwick (Rail Projects Victoria) and Alexandra Morey (Rail Projects Victoria) were able to provide insights on the origins of systems engineering methodology – developed by NASA for the Apollo program! – as well as how its principles are applied. A message unanimous across the panel was that systems engineering principles are integral to the success of any project. With the staggering pipeline of major transport projects occurring in Victoria, the panellists agreed that all industries must maintain a systems engineering mindset throughout entire project lifecycles if we are to achieve satisfactory outcomes.