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Dawn Alliance is a group of like-minded companies and individuals providing consulting and services in the rail, road, maritime and air industries and related transport and network businesses. The group covers a diverse and complimentary array of disciplines including:

Our mission statement can be seen here.

This site is in its early stages of development and will be updated and expanded over time. For now, please click on the Dawn Alliance logo above to see who is a member of this exciting group of companies.  You can also search the site using the 'search box' at the top right corner of this page.

The members of Dawn Alliance are committed to exercising the highest standards in their business practices. A Code Of Conduct and Statement Of Business Values are available to view here.

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Welcome To Aitken & Partners

Dawn Alliance members were pleased to welcome new member Aitken & Partners recently. Principal John Aitken and his team are highly experienced in radio and electromagnetic systems compatibility particularly with regards to railway operations. This specialist area is vital for ensuring the on-going safety and integrity of modern signalling systems.

In welcoming Aitken & Partners to Dawn Alliance, chairman David Edwards noted that Aitken & Partners further expands the already broad offering to the transport and safety sectors, providing clients with valuable expertise and experience.

ARA/RISSB Split Loads Costs On Small Business

The recent split of key standards body RISSB from the ARA has left small business out in the cold. Until the split, all memers of the ARA had access to the RISSB standards, a crucial tool in managing rail safety in Australia. With the separation of RISSB from ARA, ARA members are cut off from access to the standards unless they pay a separate membership fee to RISSB, more than doubling the cost and a real burden to the smaller members of the ARA.

Recognising that this situation needed to be challenged, Dawn Alliance members have led the charge in bringing the matter to a head with both the ARA and RISSB senior management, fighting for an equitable outcome that will both preserve membership of the ARA and access to the RISSB standards.

Dawn Alliance Chairman David Edwards said "By calling the two organisations to account and making it clear that the smaller members are being severly disadvantaged, Dawn Alliance is not only looking after its own interests, but those of all small business members of the ARA."

To their credit, the management of both ARA and RISSB have recognised the problem that the split has caused and are working with organisations like Dawn Alliance to arrive at an acceptable solution.

C.A.T.S. Joins Dawn Alliance

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In March, Dawn Alliance welcomed new member C.A.T.S., further expanding the group's range services offered to its customers.

C.A.T.S. (Competency, Assessment & Training Services) provides services to industry in the fields of competency assessment and certification as well as risk evaluation and training in security.

Dawn Alliance Chairman David Edwards congratulated C.A.T.S. principals Colin Bailey and Jordi McElhinney on becoming members, reflecting that they were bringing even greater breadth of services to an already strong group offering a broad range of services to its combined clientele.

Dawn Alliance At The RTAA Field Days

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Dawn Alliance participated as an exhibitor at the recent Rail Track Association of Australia (RTAA) Field days held at Clyde Yard in Sydney on 25 and 26 February 2015.Click here to see some pictures of the event.

The RTAA Field Days are an annual event to showcase all of the major rail infrastructure maintenance providers and their equipment along with a wide range of other rail industry supporting suppliers. This year's event was a huge success with over 3,000 visitors having attended over the two days to see the latest rail maintenance equipment some of which were conducting working demonstrations. The Dawn Alliance exhibition stand was located in a prime position within the main internal exhibition area and visitor interest in the stand was strong during both days.

Congratulations to Dawn Alliance member David Bull as RTAA Vice President and his wife Sandy Bull as the RTAA Field Day Event Manager who both did a wonderful job in helping to make the 2015 event such a great success.

aKra To Present at IRSC 2014, Berlin

Alan Ross from safety and risk management consultants A & K Ross Associates Pty Ltd (also known as aKra) will present a paper to the International Rail Safety Conference in Berlin this September. Alan will speak on the topic "knowledge is power", highlighting the importance of knowledge management to rail safety.

Dawn Alliance will be well represented at the conference. Not only will Alan Ross be presenting, but ATRS's David Edwards will also participate in one of the panel discussions. Bull Head Services, another Dawn Alliance member, will also be represented in Berlin by its principal David Bull.

Dawn Alliance At Rail Safety 2014, Sydney

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Dawn Alliance exhibited at the recent Rail Safety 2014 conference held in Sydney, Australia.

Most members were able to attend at various times and had the opportunity to meet with conference delegates to discuss the broad range of services that members can offer. It was most pleasing to note the level of interest shown in Dawn Alliance and our member companies.

Our business card lucky draw with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky as a prize was a real hit. The winner of the draw was Georgia Leach of the ARA TrackSafe Foundation. It was great to meet with Georgia and the many others who stopped by for chat.

RLX Safety To Deliver Paper At GLXS 2014 Global Level Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Symposium

GLXS 2014 is a biennial event bringing together engineering, safety and security professionals from highway, rail, law enforcement and regulatory authorities around the world. It provides an opportunity to exchange information and share best practices to improve the safety of the at‐grade interface between highway and rail systems.

The conference will held at the University Of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign USA between August 3 to 8, 2014 and Dawn Alliance member RLX Safety will be presenting at least one paper, highlighting the high regard held by the international level crossing community for this Australian company and its principal Terry Spicer . For more information about the conference, click here. To contact RLX Safety, click here.

IRSC 2014 Berlin

You will be warmly welcomed to the 24th meeting of the International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) to be held in Berlin, Germany, from the 12th October to 17th October 2014.

The 2014 IRSC is being hosted by Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) and the Eisenbahn-Bundesamt (Federal Railway Authority, EBA).

Meet top experts in the field of railway safety on an international platform to exchange knowledge and experiences. Establish new or renew old contacts at the traditional IRSC Welcome Reception at the Maritim Hotel Berlin on Sunday 12th October or at one of the social network evenings during the IRSC 2014.

Delegates and partners will appreciate this wonderful chance to visit the dynamic city of Berlin and get to know its turbulent history, its numerous famous landmarks and its shopping opportunities.

For further information on IRSC 2014 Berlin, please contact Dawn Alliance member David Edwards on 0411 286 241 or david.edwards@atrs.com.au

Fleet Safety Solutions New Website

In another step foward in growing its visibility to potential customers, Fleet Safety Solutions has relaunched its website.

Dawn Alliance Representation On Rail Suppliers Network Australasia

In September, Dawn Alliance member Alan Ross was appointed as a director to the Australasian Railways Association's Rail Suppliers Network Australasia (RSNA). The RSNA is a group tasked with promoting the interests of smaller enterprises supplying goods and services to the Australasian railway industry. As such it offers opportunities to increase the visability of the Dawn Alliance and its members. The appointment is one of the early tangible benefits of the Dawn Alliance incorporating.

Dawn Alliance Incorporates

In August, the Dawn Alliance members agreed to incoprorate the group. The new company, Dawn Alliance Pty Ltd will enhance the operational effectiveness of the group and allow it to participate in activities such as representation on industry bodies.

Company Chairman, David Edwards, was keen to point out that the change would not compromise the group's ethos or members' commitment to providing excellent service to their individual customers. David said "The Dawn Alliance is all about allowing our members to offer their customers a broader range of services than they could provide as individual companies. Incorporation will enhance our ability to represent our members, but in the end it is all about our integrity, service quality and reputation and we look forward to delivering value to our clients."


PaQS Provides Advanced Safety Coaching In PNG

PaQS is providing Advanced Safety Coaching and Leadership training and accreditation to 12 safety professional at Lihir, PNG for Newcrest Gold Mines.

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The graduates will coach and deliver ASA to 200 personnel within the workforce as a pilot, providing Australian competencies (which they see as very valuable).

Their performance and commitment was one of the best we have seen in many years.

PaQS anticipate returning in September to continue training this group to Level 2-5 and start a new group in the Leadership Course.