Brett Doak

Began his railway career as a Junior Station Assistant and progressed through a range of customer service, safety, operational, management and senior executive management positions with the State Rail Authority of New South Wales, Rail Access Corporation and Rail Infrastructure Corporation before establishing his own consulting company, Terrace Rail Pty Limited, in 2004.


  • Advanced Diploma of Workplace Health and Safety.
  • Diploma of Railway Operations Management.
  • Incident Cause Analysis Method (ICAM) Lead Investigator.
  • Exemplar Global Principal Auditor.
  • international Engineering Safety Management (iESM) Practitioner and Trainer.
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
  • State Rail Authority of NSW Senior Management Development Program.
  • Advanced Management Certificate.
  • Business Management Certificate.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Australasian Railway Association.
  • Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board.
  • International Railway Safety Council.
  • Permanent Way Institution – New South Wales.
  • Associate of the Australian Institute of Management Consultants.
  • Justice of the Peace in New South Wales.


Accomplished and high-performing senior Railway Safety, Railway Operations and Workplace Health and Safety specialist, with 30+ years extensive senior management experience in the Australasian railway industry.

Exemplary relationship development, leadership, stakeholder management and negotiation skills, complemented by a proven track record of success at championing required change to achieve corporate goals and strategic objectives.

Adept at engaging, influencing and guiding staff at all levels to embrace continuous improvement, change and a culture of zero harm.  This includes advising, supporting and providing subject matter expertise and consultation to senior stakeholders regarding operations and compliance with relevant legislation, regulations and standards.

Career Highlights:

Rail Safety Advisor to Swietelsky Rail Australia Pty Ltd (2016 – Present) (Managing Director – Terrace Rail), providing ongoing independent railway safety advice, guidance and support to the organisation.  Initially managed the company’s railway safety accreditation application for Rolling Stock Operator in NSW, including developing a compliant safety management system. Successfully achieved accreditation in August 2017 following a rigorous consultation and review assessment process undertaken by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).

Rail Safety and Accreditation Manager for Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation and Transport Construction Authority of NSW (2007 – 2011).  Maintained accreditation for Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation and Transport Construction Authority of NSW. This included the management of variations/changes to their accreditation arising from new major rail infrastructure projects, organisational change, and/or a change in the scope/nature of their railway operations.

Rail Safety and Accreditation Manager for Hancock Coal Infrastructure Pty Ltd (2011 – 2012) (Managing Director – Terrace Rail).  Developed and/or reviewed their safety management systems and ensured compliance with the then Transport (Rail Safety) Act 2010 QLD and railway safety accreditation requirements.  Successfully achieved railway safety accreditation as a Rail Infrastructure Manager for Hancock Coal in December 2011 (remains current).

Project Manager for the Victorian Network Rules Development and National Code of Practice Alignment Project, a Department of Infrastructure Victoria sponsored project, between 2004 – 2007 (Managing Director – Terrace Rail) (then handed over to the current Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board).  In 2006, the project’s scope expanded to include the development of a suite of national railway safeworking rules and procedures for use across Australia. The project became known as the Australian Network Rules Project, which required close management, coordination, and consultation with railway safeworking subject matter experts from major railway transport operators and stakeholders across Australia (e.g. RailCorp, Queensland Rail, Australian Rail Track Corporation and TransPerth).  The legacy of the network rules and procedures produced by both projects remain embedded in the current suite of Australian Network Rules and Procedures.

Successfully led the development, introduction and roll-out of the RailSafe Network Rules and Procedures (and supporting railway safeworking documents) for the safe operation of the State Rail Authority of NSW network between 2002 – 2004 (Executive Manager, Safeworking, State Rail Authority of NSW).  This was executed on time and in close consultation with interfacing industry stakeholders, including all users of the State Rail Authority of NSW network.

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