Date and time

Wednesday, 28 February 2024
12pm to 2:30pm (AWST)


The Westin Perth
480 Hay St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
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Creating a culture of diversity in Australia's transport industry

To share the importance of establishing a more inclusive sector, RA will be holding a series of lunches around the country to support 2024 International Women's Day.

RA is committed to building a transport sector that attracts, engages and retains women as part of a diverse workforce, while shaping the transport networks of the future.

The pathway to a more representative industry is a shared one. Our IWD lunches are an event open for all genders and careers. Collectively, we can make a difference and we hope to see a diverse audience at all our lunches, committing to a culture of inclusion.


Our speaker - 
Hon. Simone McGurk MLA, Minister Training and Workforce Development; Water; Industrial Relations

Simone is the State Labor Member for Fremantle, and the Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Water; Industrial Relations.

Prior to her election in 2013, Simone worked in the union movement for over 22 years. She was one of the first women elected to be an Organiser for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, before being elected the Assistant State Secretary in 1997. She later worked with the United Workers Union.

From 2007, Simone served as Assistant Secretary, and later Secretary, of UnionsWA. There, she campaigned for more local content and local jobs during WA's mining boom.

Simone has worked as a producer in the ABC and has also served on the State Training Board and on the Board of Directors for AustralianSuper.

Simone holds degrees in History from the University of Melbourne and Media from Murdoch University.

Our panel - Hon. Simone McGurk will be joined by the following;

Panel Moderator - Erica Smith - Bridge Lead, WA - BG&E 

Peter Bennett - Chief Executive Officer, Clough 

Antony Johnstone - Transport, Land & Water Leader, WA & NT, Aurecon 

This event is available for partnership. Please contact Angela Grogan - Marketing Manager - Membership and Programs, RA for more details.

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Dietaries: Please inform of any dietary requirements 2 weeks prior to the event

Please ensure you make your booking using the appropriate rate. Bookings from non-member companies that book at a member rate will be contacted and asked to rebook at the correct price. If you are unsure of your organisation's membership status with RA, please contact

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Refund policy

Cancellations should be notified in writing by email. Cancellations received prior to one week before the event will receive a full refund less 25%. No refund will be applicable for cancellations received after one week prior to the event although substitute delegates are welcomed


Rebecca Baker

Event Manager