We are committed to playing our part in upskilling the nation and ensuring that different groups of people are given the opportunity to help build Inland Rail.

Our ambition is to:

  • increase the number of skilled local people eligible for work on Inland Rail
  • increase school student awareness and capability
  • create opportunities for local businesses to participate in new supply chains
  • equip Inland Rail employees with world-class skills

We do this through our Inland Rail Skills Academy.

Our Academy works with industry partners to deliver programs that build skills and prosperity in our local communities, regions and around Australia.

Scholarships for regional undergraduate students

The Inland Rail Scholarships Program provides real-world education opportunities for regional students considering an undergraduate degree at:

  • the University of Southern Queensland (QLD)
  • Charles Sturt University (NSW)
  • La Trobe University (VIC)

You can apply for one of 20 Inland Rail Scholarships, each worth up to $20 000—or $5 000 per year of study.
Our scholarships are a great way to start your career in industries that will directly contribute to the prosperity of your local community.
Indigenous people and those experiencing financial hardship are particularly encouraged to apply.
For more information on Inland Rail scholarships visit the participating university websites:

University of Southern Queensland La Trobe University Charles Sturt University

Workshops for STEM students and professional development for teachers

Primary and secondary schools will participate in a range of hands-on experiential-style workshops that aim to inspire learning and career paths in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sector.

Professional development will also be offered to teachers to build their skills in teaching STEM subjects.

Skills training – rail construction, operations and rail maintenance

Young people and interested community members will be assisted to gain industry accreditation, which could lead to employment on Inland Rail construction sites or working in operational rail.

Opportunities for local businesses

Small-to-medium enterprises in the regions along the alignment are receiving expert advice on integrating into major project supply chains. They’re also being provided with opportunities to build capability and supply chain readiness to meet the requirements of major projects.

Specialist training for our ARTC employees

Our Academy will focus on supporting ARTC employees to deliver the Inland Rail project. Training programs will become available for employees to develop skills and capability in areas relevant to their role.

Find out more

For more information about the Inland Rail Skills Academy or how to apply for a scholarship, please phone 1800 732 761 or email irskillsacademy@artc.com.au

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