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.

2019/2020 Committee

Following the recent ballot and annual general meeting the 2019-20 YTP committee have stepped into their new roles. We would like to thank the previous committee for organising some great events over the past 12 months 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.

5th Annual Lawn Bowls kicks off the YTP calendar

Late last week we held our 5th Annual Lawn Bowls Networking Event, and as always it was a fantastic night. Over 60 young transport professionals got together at Richmond Union Bowling Club to get to know each other over some drinks, nibbles and of course, Barefoot Bowls! A great night was had by all and it was an awesome way to kick off another year of YTP events!

Thanks to Metro Trains Melbourne for once again helping us throw this great event and to Dave from the Bowls Club for giving us a crash course in how to play.

Coming up later in the year, we’ve got events with Jacobs and PTV planned, as well as more networking evenings – Stay tuned for more details! If you’ve got any feedback or ideas for events, feel free to get in touch at We’re always looking for ways to improve!

Rounding out 2018 in style

It’s been an exciting time in the events space for the YTP. In November we held two events, including an interactive event with Downer, focusing on innovation, environments and sustainability, and our inaugural End of Year Celebration! These were both new event formats for the YTP, and we were excited to see a fantastic level of involvement from our members.

In mid-November we hosted an event on Environment and Sustainability alongside Downer. Hosted at Downer’s central offices in the Melbourne CBD, over 50 members took the opportunity to attend three interactive workshops followed by a pizza-filled networking dinner.

During the event, members learned about the process behind achieving environmental certification for the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) from Ellese O’Sullivan (Environmental Sustainability Engineer). Ellese’s presentation highlighted the huge amount of effort that goes into manufacturing a rolling stock fleet while remaining environmentally conscious and keeping sustainability front of mind.

A second workshop presented by Ross Brookshaw (Manager Environmental Sustainability) outlined the challenges faced by the team constructing the HCMT maintenance depot in Pakenham East, focusing on the considerations made to accommodate the native flora and fauna of the area. Both of these presentations demonstrated how sustainable practices and the environment influence transport projects, and emphasised the types of considerations young transport professionals will encounter as they progress in this increasingly sustainable industry.

By the end of the year, the first HCMT will be tested and the new HCMT Depot will be completed. It’s anticipated that the first operational HCMTs will roll-out to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines from mid-2019.

The third and final workshop of the evening demonstrated how virtual reality (VR) technology is being used to improve maintenance and training practices in transport. Led by Downer’s Mike Ayling (General Manager Digital Technology and Innovation) and students from Swinburne University, YTP members were able to try out the VR devices and experience how train door maintenance is performed in an interactive digital space.

Special thanks to Vanessa Ramirez and Peter Moschou from Downer for their efforts in organising the event.

Following hot on the heels of our Downer event, the YTP hosted its first ever End of Year Celebration. Held at Platform 28 in the Docklands, more than 80 members got together for a night of networking, socialising and fun! This new event is really what the YTP is all about – connecting young professionals and celebrating our achievements as a key contingent in the transport industry. Thanks for coming down and helping us celebrate the end of the year in style!

Looking forward to the New Year, we’re planning more events for our members than ever before! Our ever-popular barefoot bowls night is back for another year in February, and we have events in the works with Young Engineers Australia, Jacobs and PTV. As always, if you have any feedback on our past events, have suggestions for new events or if there’s anything else you’d like to share, please drop us a line at

More information:

For more information on the HCMT project, visit

For more information on how Downer is taking the same environmentally friendly approach to the road industry, visit

Transport the key focus for upcoming Victorian Election

Transport is shaping up to be a key area of focus for the upcoming state election, with big commitments from each of the major parties. We thought we’d take a closer look!

Heavy and light rail

  • Labor have committed to the Metro Tunnel Project, planning the Suburban Rail loop, an Airport Rail Link and a high speed rail between Melbourne and Geelong. They’ve also committed to 25 additional level crossings, multiple track duplications on the Hurstbridge line and the duplication of the rail line between Dandenong and Cranbourne on the Cranbourne line.

  • The Coalition have focused on regional high speed rail, with a view to decentralise Victoria and encourage growth in regional centres such as Bendigo and Ballarat. They’ve also committed to electrifying the rail line from Frankston to Baxter and extending the railway from Cranbourne to Clyde.

  • The Greens focus on making the public transport network more accessible and on establishing a high-speed rail link between Melbourne and Sydney.

  • There have been no big election commitments from any party on light rail for the upcoming State Election.


  • The Coalition has committed to reviving the East West link, to commence the North East Link project, and remove up to 50 traffic light intersections. They have also pledged support to the Westgate Tunnel project.

  • Labor remain committed to the Westgate Tunnel, and have invested money in early planning for a North East Link.

  • The Greens will focus on improving bus networks and bike lanes and encouraging new alternatives to car ownership.

Freight and Ports

  • Labor and the Greens are both campaigning to implement intermodal freight strategies, prioritising the use of rail and ports for long distance freight movements over road.

  • Labor have promised investment into the coastal shipping industry and regional ports, and the Greens have expressed interest in establishing a freight planning body.

No matter who wins government later this month, young transport professionals are the certain winners as we look ahead to another period of extended growth in this vibrant and exciting industry.

We’ve tried to cover off most transport-related election promises, however acknowledge that we may have missed some things. If you’d like us to add something, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with more information.

Please note that the YTP is in no way affiliated with any political party. We remain independent and committed to connecting young people in transport.