Women trackworkers wanted: Casino (NSW)


  • Two infrastructure maintainer roles – available exclusively for women
  • Based in Casino (NSW) maintenance depot & look after nationally important railway
  • No experience needed, training provided – but looking for the right people

Taking advantage of an exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has today called for applications for two ‘women-only’ track maintenance roles in Northern NSW.

The two available roles are based out of ARTC’s Casino maintenance depot (or Provisioning Centre).

“Late last year we had a massive response when we asked for women to apply for trackworker roles in the Hunter Valley and we’re hopeful for a similar level of interest up here in the Northern Rivers,” ARTC’s Executive General Manager Interstate, Peter Winder said.

The successful applicants will conduct a range of rail maintenance tasks, use different heavy machinery and equipment and will be part of team responsible for looking after the northern section of the North Coast railway line.

“The rail industry is heavily male-dominated and our workforce, particularly in the field, is largely male. When recruiting for track roles the vast majority of applicants are also male. That’s why we are taking the steps we are to recruit exclusively women for these two roles,” Mr Winder said.

ARTC successfully obtained an exemption under section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) to designate and recruit for female field worker positions.

The exemption was sought to help with ARTC’s aim of having 30 per cent of its workforce as women by 2020.

“Increasing the diversity of our workforce is a must in today’s competitive business environment. We recognise that a talented and diverse workforce is fundamental to building a commercially strong, innovative and customer-focused organisation,” Mr Winder said.

“Put simply, greater diversity leads to better business results.”

ARTC’s workforce currently comprises only 19 per cent women. In maintenance roles that figure is in the low single digit percentages.

“We are looking for motivated, hard-working, mechanically-minded women who are happy to get their hands dirty and work outside to ensure we are running a safe and reliable network for our customers.”

The Anti-Discrimination Act exemption remains in force for a period of two years until July 2017. Potential candidates have until 20 June to submit their application.


Media Contact: Bas Bolyn, ARTC, 0477 340 658

Please visit the career vacancies page to find out a bit more and apply


  • Two Infrastructure Maintainer roles are available and ARTC is specifically targeting suitable female applicants
  •  The roles are based at our Casino (NSW) maintenance depot (known as a Provisioning Centre)
  • No specific experience is required as we will provide training
  • We are seeking motivated, hard-working, mechanically-minded women who are happy to get their hands dirty to ensure we are running a safe and reliable network for our customers.
  •  Applicants will need to be comfortable working outside
  • The roles would suit women have had recent work experience in a farming, infrastructure, mechanical or industrial environmen


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